Many people get motivated to work on many different areas of their life in January after they set New Years Resolutions. Weight loss, working out, eating healthy, and saving money are among the most popular resolutions that Americans set each year. Finally getting around to home improvement projects is another common goal that people set. As you work on home improvement projects you may end up with some problems that you need to solve as you work. One problem that pops up for many people is that as they paint their home, they get paint in spots that paint should not be. Frequently people accidentally get paint on their carpet. Here at Carpet Care 2000 we get frantic calls from our customers wondering how on earth they can get paint out of their carpet. If you have found yourself with this problem we have some solutions for you to try.
How to Remove Wet or Dry Paint from Carpet
First you will need to see if the paint is wet or dry on your carpet. Hopefully you have caught the paint while it is wet. All stains are easiest to clean if you catch them as soon as they happen. If you have a wet paint stain on your carpet you will want to use paper towels or a cleaning cloth to light blot the area and soak up the paint. As you soak up the paint be careful not to scrub. Scrubbing the stained area only presses the stain deeper into fibers of your carpet. If the paint has already dried on your carpet you will want to use a utility knife or pair of needle nose pliers to remove as much of the dried paint that you can. Once you have gotten the wet or dry carpet off of your carpet as much as possible move onto the next step.
What Type of Paint is Spilled on Your Carpet
Next you will want to determine what kind of paint that you are dealing with. Every different kind of paint will have a specific method that works best to get it off of places where you do not want it. You will need to know if you are working with water-based paint, latex paint, or oil-based paint. You can find this information on the paint can. Once you know what you are dealing with you can gather the correct materials for the job.
How to Get Water-Based Paint Out of Carpet
Water-based paint comes off best when you add some water to the stained area. Get some water and heat it up. Pour some on the stained area just enough to moisten the area. Add some dish soap to the area. Use a knife or pin to scrape the paint stain off of your carpet. You can add more water and soap as needed.
How to Clean Latex or Acrylic Paint from Carpet
The method for removing latex paint is very similar to removing water-based paint. Get lukewarm water and put it on the stained area. Add some dish soap to the area. Then carefully blot the area with a paper towel or clean cloth. You will want to work from the outside of the paint stain and slowly make your way to the inside of the stain.
How to Remove Oil-Based Paint
To clean oil-based paint you will want to get some paint cleaner. Apply a small amount of paint cleaner to a wet cleaning cloth. Carefully blot the area with your cloth. Oil-based paint stains take more time than other types of paint to remove. Take your time and work patiently to get the paint stain out.
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Carpet Care 2000 hopes that these tips will help you get paint stains out of your carpet. If you need more help getting rid of the stains, give Carpet Care 2000 a call. We can come out and help you get rid of any remaining stubborn stains.