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How to Remove Paint Stains From Carpet

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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: