Painting is a delight but removing spilled paint from carpet… eh, not so much. Today I’ll talk about the best paint remover for carpet so that it’s not such a huge pain the next time that you spill a little paint. For removing paint from carpet, generally you can use something as simple as detergent and warm or lukewarm water but acetone also works a treat if you need something stronger. If you don’t have these handy, WD 40 works too, and we’ll talk about these options and more inside this article.
What removes paint from carpet?
You’ve got a few options that you can use for getting paint out of your carpet. With water-based paint, I find the easiest method to simply be the use of detergent. First, if it’s still wet, blot up what you can. Don’t rub at it, just blot it.
With the remainder, mix up some warm water and just a little dish detergent and blot it thoroughly (don’t rub it in) with a wet cloth. This will soften up the paint enough that you should be able to actually scrape it out. If it doesn’t seem to be softening, you can use a steamer to make it more pliable if you happen to have a handheld steamer around the house (check your iron, it should have a steam function).
Is there another way to get dried paint out of carpet?
While warm or lukewarm water and detergent work in a pinch, sometimes you need a little bit more and this is where acetone and carpet cleaner can really save the day. Make sure to open your windows or set up a fan nearby, so that you’ve got some good ventilation, and you’re going to want to wear a mask as well.
Note: Test your carpet first with a small amount, to ensure there is no chance of discoloration.
If you’ve tested the carpet as being acetone-safe, then saturating the area with the acetone should break down your paint enough to move on to the carpet cleaner.
Once you’ve geared up for safety and tested the carpet, then simply soak up some acetone in to a clean cloth (just enough to get the cloth wet, don’t overdo it) and blot the painted areas so that you get them nice and wet with it. This should start loosening up the paint quite quickly, at which point you can go after it even further with a toothbrush and some carpet cleaner.
Let the cleaner sit for about 6 minutes and then vacuum it up with a wet-vac. Do NOT use a standard vacuum with the wet carpet, but a wet vac should get up all that carpet cleaner which by then will have absorbed the paint.
Does WD 40 remove paint from carpet?
Yes! Test it on your carpet first, to avoid any nasty surprised, and if you don’t see any discoloration from your test then we are ready to go. Soak up a little WD 40 into a clean rag or washcloth and work it into the carpet, so that it is lightly saturated with the WD 40.
Let this sit for approximately 20 minutes and after this, give the area a good scrubbing with a toothbrush and some warm water mixed with a little dish soap. Repeat the process as-needed and generally within 2 to 3 cleanings at the most you’ll be at a point where you’ll just have to wait for your newly-cleaned carpet to dry.
WD 40 is useful stuff, untangling jewelry, getting gum off a surface, and yes, cleaning paint stains. Always keep a can handy and you never know when it’s going to come in useful!
So, what is the best paint remover for carpet? Well, in most cases, just a little dishwashing detergent and water will do the trick, but if you need a more powerful solution then you’ve always got the option of acetone or even the handyman’s best friend – WD 40.
On the subject of removing paint from different surfaces, I found a great 3rd party link here that you might that gets a little more diverse than just your carpet.
Now that you know how to clean up those spills quickly, you’ve got no excuse…. Get back to painting, because a masterpiece simply does not paint itself!