If you've just completed a painting job, then your home probably looks spectacular. But there's also the chance that you have accidentally spilled oil-based paints on your beautiful carpets. Paint carpet stains can bring down the look of your entire room, so you'll obviously want to get it removed as soon as possible. Keep in mind that wet stains are easier to remove than dry paints. Once you complete these steps, you may need to undertake carpet steam cleaning to restore the original appearance of your carpet once again.
Step 1: Collect Your Paint Removal Materials
For this oil-based paint removal task, you will need some acetone (nail polish remover), paint thinner, razor blades, sponges and paper towels. Nail polish remover and razors can be purchased from any lifestyle store, while paint thinner is available at a paint retailer. Once you finish with these steps, you may want to get carpet steam cleaning to ensure that all paint pollutants are eliminated.
Step 2: Remove Wet Paint With Paint Thinner
If the oil-based paint stain is still wet, then use paint thinner to remove the stain on the carpet. Apply the paint thinner liquid to a sponge and dab lightly, but make sure you do not rub because this could spread the stain. Start from the edge of the stain and work your way inward. If you do it the other way, your risk the chance of the stain spreading further on your carpet. Use small quantities of paint thinner at a time to avoid damaging the carpet fibres. If the paint has dried, follow step 3 before undertaking step 2.
Step 3: Use A Razor Blade To Scrape Some Paint Residue From The Carpet
If the paint has dried, use a razor blade to remove some of the paint residue, but apply it gently to avoid gouging the carpet. You'll also want to avoid cutting too much of the carpet fibres because this could give the carpet an uneven and shabby finish. Once you finish with the razor blade, apply paint thinner over the stained area and follow the directions indicated in the previous step.
Step 4: Clean With Dishwashing Liquid And Dry Your Carpet
Once most of the oil-based paint has been removed or lightened, use some dishwashing liquid to clean the paint stained area. Dab or blot with a paper towel until the stained area has considerably dried. Leave your windows open and ventilate the room to accelerate drying.
If the paint stain is stubborn and doesn't come out, you may need to hire a professional to undertake carpet steam cleaning to restore your carpet's original appearance.