If you live in a home with small children, it may feel overwhelming to keep up with all the stains on your carpet. Especially when there’s a young Picasso on your hands who loves to paint and do other messy crafts. Luckily, there is a way to promote their creativity while still protecting your costly carpet investment!
Some stains are more difficult to remove than others. The good news is that paint is actually easier to remove than many other substances. So take a breather and follow these simple steps the next time paint gets spilled on your carpet:
Treating Paint on Carpet:
- REMEMBER: Never scrub or blot wet paint! This pushes it farther down into your carpet fibers and makes it much more difficult to remove.
- Instead, lay a dry towel over the wet paint and allow it to soak up most the moisture. This may go against your initial reaction to start scrubbing, but allowing the towel time to soak up the paint will actually be more effective in the long run.
- After soaking up the paint, most of it will be removed. The next step will help you remove the remaining stain after the paint has dried.
Removing Dry Paint from Carpet:
Dry paint is actually much easier to remove than wet paint. Wait until the following morning, or at least several hours, for the paint to dry. At this point, you’ll have a couple of options.
- First, try using nail polish remover. Use a brush or rag to gently brush the dried paint with the nail polish remover, then continue dabbing it every few minutes. The paint will slowly begin to fade. Once the paint is completely gone, rinse the area with cold water, let it dry, then run over it with a vacuum. If the stain still shows after this process, call your local Chem-Dry professional for help.
- You can also use WD-40 to remove the dried paint. You can buy it in spray form and apply it directly to the stain. Let it sit for 25 minutes, then repeat the process if necessary. Once the stain is gone, rinse it with water then vacuum it when dry.
- You can also use a utility knife to gently scrape away the dried paint from your carpet fibers.
Following these steps will help you become a pro at removing even the toughest paint stains! If you have questions throughout any phase of the process, feel free to get in touch with us.