paint spill on carpet

How to Remove a Paint Spill from Carpet or Upholstery

Have you ever had a paint spill on your carpet? It happens more often than you think. Sometimes it happens after you (or your painter) repaints a room. The kids may have a spill while painting a masterpiece. However the spill happened it’s important to follow the steps below to ensure  you get the stain removed for good.

Before getting started, there are a few things to establish.  Is the paint still wet or is it dry?, What type of paint is it?,  Is it 1) water based paint (the easiest to remove), acrylic paint, latex paint or oil based paint (the most difficult to remove). If you still have the paint can, check the label for the type of paint, as well as cleaning instructions.

Removing wet paint spill from carpet

Contain the spill and blot with paper towels. Use dry paper towels around the paint to make sure the spill doesn’t spread and then blot. Gently blot and do not rub in as this will make it sink further into the carpet fibers.

Removing dry paint spill from carpet

If the paint is already dry, use hot water and a bit of washing up liquid such as Fairy Liquid. Make sure it’s a mild soap. Let the solution sit for around 5 minutes to soften the paint. After the paint has softened, then use a knife to loosen as much of the paint as you can. You may want to repeat this steps a couple of times. Make sure the water is hot.

If the paint comes off fairly easily, chances are you have a water based paint, and this is the easiest to remove. Do not over spray or saturate, as then this could seap into the carpet cushion below and cause mildew. Then dab with a clean cloth so the paint transfers to the cloth.

How to remove acrylic paint from carpet

You can usually tell if you have acrylic paint by looking at the paint can. Use glycerin on dry paper towels to blot the carpet with the paint spill. Glyercin is an excellent solvent. Keep blotting until the paint comes up. Then, use nail polish remover or acetone to clean up any residue. Blot this up with paper towels.

How to remove latex paint from carpet 

Latex paint is water based but usually has vinyl resin mix (rather than an acrylic mix that you find in acrylic paints). Check the can to see what type you have. Mix one teaspoon of a neutral detergent (Dawn should be fine) with 1 cup of tepid water. Make sure the detergent doesn’t have bleach or alkalines in it. Vinegar can also work.

How to remove oil based paint from carpet


Oil paint is the most challenging type of paint to remove from carpet. You will need a strong cleaning agent such as. (By the way, WD-40 is a great miracle product to have on hand as it can be used for lot of problems around the house. Also, you’ll want to have a putty knife on handy and maybe even a razor blade or other sharp knife and a tweezer.

WD-40 is a lubricant that can penetrate oil and can be effective at removing dried-in paint from carpet.

Once you’ve scraped off as much dry paint as possible using a needle or blunt knife, remove any flaked paint residue and apply the WD-40 over the area.

Dab it in with a clean cloth and leave to work for about 30 minutes. Then, rub the stain with a clean cloth and the stain should completely lift out.

You can rinse any remaining WD-40 off the carpet using a cloth dipped in some warm water with a small amount of washing-up liquid.

Get professional help if the stains don’t go away


So, you have tried all our the steps on  how remove a paint spill from  carpet or upholstery  but the stain still remains please give us a call on 087 6089310 At RH Carpet Cleaning we use specific and tailored chemicals to both oil and water based paint spills.

Whether you are looking for sofa cleaning, curtain cleaning, upholstery cleaning or professional mattress cleaning or rug cleaning. RH Upholstery Cleaning Dublin  is here to meet your needs.

We have built a loyal customer base by treating them and their belongings respectfully, and we’ve worked hard to make sure we get the job done better than anyone else can. If you are looking for professional carpet or upholstery cleaning , call us today on 087 6089310 We are sure you will be thrilled with your fantastic, clean furniture.

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