Removing paint from carpets

If you are painting your home, you already know how careful you have to be. But let’s face it, if you are not a professional, you are very likely to get some paint drops here and there. Don’t panic, it’s not the end of the world, but you do have to act fast.

Paint drips are relatively easy to fix, assuming that they are not allowed to dry. Simply take a dry rag, one that is at its more absorbent capacity and dab the stain gently until it comes up. Do not rub or otherwise treat the drops roughly as it will force the paint into the carpet, at which point you will have real problems.

If you have dumped a bucket of paint on the floor, this is a different matter. In this case you will probably need a wet/dry vac, and you will need one right away. The most important thing is that the carpet not be allowed to dry. There is no one way to do this. You might try wetting a towel down and placing it over the spill while you find a wet/dry vac. This process can be repeated once one has been located. Wet the spot with a towel, apply the wet/dry vac, until the area has been cleaned.

Some types of paint are easier to get up than others. As you might expect, water based paints are easiest. Even if they are allowed to dry for a few days, a good dose of hot water and an absorbent towel can do wonders. In this can you might have to be a little more aggressive at getting the paint up. In fact a certain amount of rubbing will be necessary.

Written by, Derek Beyer.