The procedures below explain how to remove paint from carpet,
and will often work for both latex paint stains and those from
oil-based paint. They will work better if you get to the spot
sooner, but some paint stains will come out even if they have
been in the carpet a long time. There are also two additional
methods to try for acrylic paint spots in carpeting.
First, if there are any chunks of paint or other debris that
can be broken up and scraped out, do so using the edge of a spoon,
a dull knife, or something similar. Avoid using anything that
might cut the fibers. Vacuum the spot after you do this, and
then move on to the next steps as outline below.
Here's a video that demonstrates
how to use vinegar to get paint out of carpet:
You should try a three-solution cleanup. First use isopropyl
alcohol, also known as rubbing alcohol. Get the clear, not the
colored kind. Soak the corner of a clean white cloth (cotton
is best) with the alcohol and apply it to the stain using that.
Work it in very gently, rubbing in one direction. be careful
not to allow the alcohol to sink down to the backing of the carpet,
where it might do some damage. Repeat this process with a new
part of the cloth until you no longer see any paint transferring
to the cloth.
The next solution is a mix of a few drops of Dawn or Joy dish
washing detergent in a cup of warm water. This will help remove
paint stains and also helps to remove the leftover alcohol. You
can apply it using a spray bottle if you have one, for greater
control. Blot it up with a clean white cloth or white paper towels
and repeat the process until all traces of alcohol removed.
The final cleaning solution is plain water. apply, blot, and
apply again. get all the detergent out. If the stain is still
there a professional carpet cleaner might get it out using hot
Acrylic Paint Stains in Carpet
Some acrylic stains might come out if you use the procedure
above. Otherwise you can try using WD-40 lubricant or nail-polish
remover with acetone.In either case put the solvent on a clean
white cloth and use that to apply it to the stained fibers. Again,
rub gently in one direction and repeat the process with a new
part of the cloth so you can see if there is still transfer of
Once you have done as much as you can with this procedure,
you need to remove the nail polish remover or WD-40 from the
carpet. For that you can use the detergent solution followed
by a fresh water rinse as explained above.
Dry the area quickly with paper towels followed by a fan blowing
over it for a couple hours.
If the stain resists all attempts to remove it, visit the
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