How To Get Paint Out Of Carpet

Whether you have spilt emulsion, gloss or any other type of paint on your carpet, our guide shows you how to remove it with ease.
Written By: Edward Bailey | Updated:
How To Get Paint Out Of Carpet
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When it comes to decorating rooms that feature carpets, you run the risk of spilling paint if they aren’t fully protected with a dust sheet. However, even if you do spill paint, it isn’t the end of the world because you can get it out of the carpet relatively easily.

If you’ve just spilt the paint and it’s still wet, we recommend acting fast before it dries. This is because it makes the process of removing paint much easier as you won’t need to scrape away dried paint, which is often the most time-consuming part of the process.

It’s also important to note that depending upon the type of paint that’s been spilt will determine the best removal method. For example, water-based or latex paint, such as emulsion paint, is easier to remove than oil-based paint, such as gloss paint.

Regardless of the paint type and if it’s still dry, below are our recommended tips on getting paint out of the carpet.

What You’ll Require

  • Scrubbing brush
  • Carpet cleaner
  • Warm water
  • Utility knife or blunt knife
  • Washing up liquid
  • Paper towels
  • Old towel or cloth
  • Vacuum cleaner

How To Get Paint Out Of Carpet


Wet Paint Removal

  1. Use a paper towel to pat the area and soak up the paint (gently).
  2. Pour some water and washing up liquid upon the area.
  3. Use a scrubbing brush and gently scrub the carpet.
  4. Keep scrubbing the carpet until the paint begins to dissolve.
  5. Gently pat the area with a towel to dry the carpet.
  6. Finish up by using a carpet cleaner solution.

Regarding step 1, it’s important that you avoid scrubbing the carpet with paper towels as it makes things worse because you’ll be pushing the paint further into the fibres of the carpet.

Dry Paint Removal

  1. Scrape away any large chunks of paint with a utility or blunt knife.
  2. Vacuum the area of any debris from the scraping.
  3. Pour some water and washing up liquid upon the area.
  4. Use a scrubbing brush and gently scrub the carpet.
  5. Keep scrubbing the carpet until the paint begins to dissolve.
  6. Gently pat the area with a towel to dry the carpet.
  7. Finish up by using a carpet cleaner solution.

The End Result

Whether you have removed dry or wet paint from the carpet, the end result should be a wet patch on the carpet. Therefore, you will want to wait for it to fully dry out before assessing whether or not the paint has come out of the carpet. If it hasn’t, you can repeat the process again to remove any of the paint traces deep into the fibres of the carpet.

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Conclusion

Although paint upon your beloved carpet may seem devastating at the time, it really isn’t the end of the world. In terms of removal, oil-based paints are more difficult to remove, but they will eventually begin to dissolve after prolonged scrubbing. Therefore, don’t give up or attempt to use any risky methods, as this may lead to further damage.

If you require further information regarding the removal of paint from carpet, feel free to contact us, and we will try to provide our assistance where possible.

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