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Removing Paint from Carpet

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A paintbrush and spilled paint on a carpet.
Using drop cloths to protect the carpet is helpful, but occasionally some paint can drip through. This guide is about removing paint from carpet.
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October 15, 20070 found this helpful

My husband and I painted our bedroom forest green. What we didn't realize was that the paint we dripped on the drop cloth was seeping through. We had a ton of dark green paint spots on our near white carpet. What took them all up was Barbasol shaving cream. Spray it on, mush it around and wipe it up with a clean white rag. Some spots only needed it once, others had to be done multiple times. Let soak and scrub.

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February 10, 2010

Chocolate Brown latex paint on light carpeting. Yuck! Cold water and my wet vacuum! I saturated the spot with water and sucked it up. Worked like magic!

By Katums

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June 18, 20110 found this helpful

How do you get a wall paint off your carpet?

By James

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June 20, 20110 found this helpful

You can test an area for colorfastness, then use a strong brush and apply paint remover. Let it sit 2-5 min, then scrub in tiny circles with a stiff brush (not wire) and rub off with rag. You might have to do this several times, depending on how big an area and what color paint and thickness of carpet. I also do this with clothing paint stains and use a scrub brush that I used to use to paint clothing. Most of the time I get it out, then scrub in a good soap cleaner. Sometimes I then clean again with the alcohol waterless hand cleaners. They help get out paints in kid's clothing if it has not been there long, blessings on your cleaning.

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June 21, 20110 found this helpful

I'd recommend "Di-solv-It", this stuff has worked in nanoseconds where other products wouldn't touch the problem (use an old fork to scrape the paint loose). I had an alien substance at the bottom of my refrigerator that Goo-gone, etc. wouldn't budge; I thought I'd have to sandblast it out, one spray of Di-Solv-It and it lifted immediately and absolutely no harm to the fridge. (Available at Wallyworld and other establishments where size 22/24 Spandex pants frequent.)

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February 7, 2005

A couple of months ago a tin of emulsion paint was spilt on my cord carpet. We wiped up alot of it but it has stained the carpet badly. Does anyone have any ideas for getting dried paint off cord carpet?

Elaine from England

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February 7, 20050 found this helpful

Emulsion is water soluble so a good scrubbing with lots of soapy water should help - and a cord carpet will probably stand up to it well. Scrub and blot until you remove all the paint without soaking the carpet too much. Try asking at the local DIY store - they may have something to help the process.

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Jo

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February 10, 20050 found this helpful

Have you tried goop? Is the carpet a large piece? Can you pick up the carpet and work over a pan outside? I would try paint thinner, and anything else after that if it did not clean. Go to an artists shop and find what they have to remove paint.

You can then use soap as long as you can rinse and rinse and rinse the section of the carpet. If you get soap in your carpet, it will attract dirt and there will always be a spot. I would work what I was using into the fibers with a soft brush. I use a large brush to groom my carpet and cause the strands to stand up after I clean it.

Water will sometimes shrink your carpet when it dries. Some installers use this method of laying the carpet so they don't have to stretch it. I do not recommend this. When I used to clean carpets that had been layed using this method, they were bumpy til they dried.

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January 8, 2011

My daughter spilled a large puddle of paint on the carpet. Does anyone know of anything we can do to remove it? It has dried now.

By Christine

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January 8, 20110 found this helpful

Depends on if its latex or oil base, also the carpet color. If its oil based then peel as much up as you can then use mineral spirits and a clean white cotton cloth. If its latex hot water and laundry detergent with a stiff brush then blot with dry cloth and repeat also vinegar works wonders.

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April 29, 2016

I had a can of emulsion paint spill in the back of my car where can I buy Di-sol-it please?

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August 9, 20110 found this helpful

How do you clean paint out of a carpet? It is orange paint on a cream carpet.

By Freya from London

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January 8, 20110 found this helpful

How do you remove paint from carpet?

By Steve

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December 9, 20100 found this helpful

How do I get paint out of the carpet?

By Ashley

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Removing Paint From Carpet

Try nail polish remover, the one that has acetone in it. I used that to get paint out of a pair of pants and it worked. Was slow going, but effective. (09/18/2010)

By cobaltcrafter

Removing Paint From Carpet

Home Depot carries a product called Goof Off. It removes paint (and nail polish) from fabrics. Nail polish remover may spread the stain. Spray the Goof Off on and gently rub/blot with an old white towel (I use bar towels, they're cheap!). It should lift right out. (09/19/2010)

By lrees72

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September 16, 20100 found this helpful

How can I clean paint stains out of the carpet?

By BIGDOGDAD3

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Removing Paint From Carpet

I have a friend who swears by Vodka. She doesn't drink at all, but keeps a small bottle to take paint out of clothes and carpet and furniture. She does a lot of craft painting and so it becomes a problem for her.

One bottle of Vodka seems cheaper than replacing the carpet! (07/12/2009)

By oldlinda

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July 8, 20090 found this helpful

After painting the interior walls of my house, my son stepped in the paint tray and walked on the carpet. Any ideas on how to get the paint out of the carpet that doesn't cost and arm and a leg?

By Tracy3015 from NY

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Remember that products like WD-40 and nail polish remover are highly flammable, so be sure to totally remove them. WD-40 can be removed with GOOP hand cleaner, but I'd try the nail polish remover first. (05/17/2009)

By Cyinda

Removing Paint From Carpet

There is a product called Re-Mov Carpet Cleaner And Refresher, it will take just about any type of stain off your carpeting or clothes including latex, black shoe polish, grease, and is safe to use. There web site is www.re-mov.com Good Luck.
(05/25/2009)

By Silicone Man

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May 15, 20090 found this helpful

Is there a way to get dried latex paint off carpet and clothes?

Nelliemary from WV

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I want to thank Leah, I used the nail polish remover and it work very well. I even used it for an old paint stain that I had and the paint came off very easily. Thanks again! (02/02/2008)

By Alma

Removing Paint From Carpet

Try Shout or nail polish remover, both got white paint out of my tan carpet. (03/27/2008)

By Jessica

Removing Paint From Carpet

Hydrogen Peroxide can take out paint -- it's what I'm using right now. I don't have the other products on hand, but am going to give them a try to see if they work better, once the peroxide runs out. I accidentally got paint on my carpet when I was painting the stairs, and its coming out okay. I'm having to scrub it with a white cloth, and it's stubborn, but it is coming out.

You may want to test for colorfastness though, I'm using it on light-colored (beige) carpet, and it doesn't seem to be a problem, but it's possible that on dark carpet, it might remove some of the color. (05/22/2008)

By Kathy

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By Carpainter

Removing Paint From Carpet

If the paint is still wet, pour club soda over it and then cover that with a bunch of salt! Worked like a charm. (08/08/2008)

By Ana

Removing Paint From Carpet

My son decided to throw a paint can and it came open when it hit the carpet. We read this post, so we picked up some nail polish remover. With time scrubbing and more than one application, it came up. Make sure you get acetone nail polish remover. (11/26/2008)

By C. Stopford

Removing Paint From Carpet

Non-acetone generic brand worked well, too. (12/27/2008)

Removing Paint From Carpet

I had no nail polish remover but had pure acetone, worked like a charm. I took bright pink paint off of light tan carpet. (01/01/2009)

By Branden

Removing Paint From Carpet

Ok I have a new one to add to the list. LA's Totally Awesome found in Dollar General Stores. I had heard of using nail polish before but I didn't have enough to cover the stain I made. By the way, I learned the hard way to make sure the plastic is covering all areas. I had a bed sheet in place where I was missing plastic, spilled some paint.

A friend told me about LA's Totally Awesome and I went out and bought some. Worked great! My stain was about 24 hours old, as I didn't realize the paint bled through the sheet. Hope its OK to post a website http://www.lastotallyawesome.com. It shows the bottle so you can see what it looks like. But again, I bought it at Dollar General for like $2. I don't know what's in this stuff because there is no chemical smell at all and it worked great. Mind you the paint I spilled was Valspar Red Velvet Cake! The instructions were to mix 5 cups of water to 1 cup of the product. It made a foam when I used the scrub brush, so I have to get a rag to wipe up the excess. But it worked (01/02/2009)

By Ms T.

Removing Paint From Carpet

I tried Dawn dish detergent and with a little elbow grease the black paint my husband got on our beige carpet came out. There are a few spots that were stubborn and I will finish it off with the nail polish remover tomorrow, when I can go get some. Thanks to whoever suggested Dawn dish detergent it worked wonders. I didn't think I would ever got the black paint up. (01/27/2009)

By Megan

Removing Paint From Carpet

Hot water that's it, plus a little bit of elbow grease. (02/17/2009)

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