removing paint from carpetDo your young children always seem to show you their artwork capabilities on your carpet? If this has happened to you before, or think it may happen sometime in the future, this blog post is for you. We’ll share some ways to fix those paint and crayon spills in order to make your carpets look like new again.

There are many factors that contribute to the ability to remove a stain from the carpet fibers. Some come up relatively easily, while other are more difficult. Here’s the good news: paint is easier to remove than many other stains and spills that occur. Follow these simple steps next time there’s a paint accident on your carpet.

How to Treat Wet Paint on Your Carpet

We recommend that you never scrub when you are using do-it-yourself stain removal products on your carpet. Rather, soak up the moisture - with as much patience as you can. This same approach comes into play when your child has scribbled their “artwork” all over the carpet in your home. When you see this happen, instead of panicking, hurry to get paper towels and start soaking up as much paint as you can.

Some people make the mistake of trying to ‘blot’ out the paint or any other substance that has started to soak into their carpet fibers. This can sometimes make the situation worse. Instead, lay dry paper towels over the wet paint and give it a few seconds to soak up as much liquid as possible. Do that a couple of times until there is no moisture left.

By this point, you should have removed most of the wet paint. All that should be left is some dry paint. Leave the remaining steps until the next morning.

How to Remove Dry Paint

When it comes to trying to remove dry paint from your carpet, you have several options. The two options we will share require a razor or knife. Both nail polish remover and WD-40 work well as a quick fix to get the job done until you get professional carpet cleaners to come and thoroughly clean up the dry paint.

  • Using Nail Polish Remover - This do-it-yourself remedy is quick and foolproof. First, lather up your nail polish brush in the solution and then begin to apply it onto your carpet. Make sure to use a simple brushing motion to apply the nail polish remover. Then, dab it with a fresh coat every other minute or so. The color of the paint should begin to fade, and once it does, you can begin to dab the area with cold water and a rag. If this doesn’t work, contact your local carpet cleaning company to discuss their stain removal options.
  • Using WD-40 - This can be a smart tool to help remove dried paint from your carpet fibers. WD-40 is excellent at breaking down certain spills, such as paint. Generously spray the area of your carpet with WD-40 and let it sit for up to 25 minutes.

Get your rag, and scrub the paint until you begin to see it come off in bits and pieces. Make sure you scrub vigorously in order to get the paint completely gone. Use both sides of your rag until very little residue is left on your carpet. If the stain persists, contact John’s Chem-Dry of Whatcom County and we will be happy to come and try our best to get the stain out for you!