how to remove paint from carpetFrom kids’ art projects to repainting a room, there are a lot of ways that you can end up with paint spilled on your carpets. It may seem like a hopeless endeavor, like you’ll be stuck with a huge, ugly stain forever. However, if you have the right knowledge and act fast, you can usually get most if not all of a paint stain out of your carpets.

How To Remove Wet Paint on Carpet

There are two types of paint spills: wet and dry. If you have found a paint spill while it’s still wet (and we totally understand that isn’t always the case, especially when kids are involved), here are the steps to follow. If the stain is already dry, skip to the next section.

The most important thing to remember while cleaning paint or any wet spill in your carpets is not to scrub the stain. You may think it will remove the stain better, but it will really just push it deeper down into your carpet fibers and make it more difficult to remove. Instead, lay a white paper towel or cloth over the stain and let it soak up the paint. No blotting, no scrubbing, just let the paper towel do it’s job and absorb as much paint as you can. You can remove the soiled towel and repeat this process until there is no moisture left. Your goal here is to soak up as much wet paint as you can without making it worse and pushing the stain deeper. 

Once you’ve absorbed all of the wet paint you can, let the remaining stain dry overnight. This sounds counterintuitive, but you’ve done all that you can at this point. Letting the paint dry before you move on will ensure that you can remove the paint completely without scrubbing it into the fibers.

Removing Dry Paint From Carpet

If your paint is completely dry, there are a variety of methods that you can use to remove it. Try out one of these, and if it doesn’t work for you carpet, move on to another method. By using a combination of these you should be able to get your carpet completely clean.

  1. Start by simply using a rag or sponge to vigorously scrub the stain. Because the paint is dry, you don’t have to worry about staining the carpet fibers further. You should see bits of dried paint come off in pieces. 
  2. Use a knife or razor blade to pick off the chunks of dried paint, taking great care not to cut your carpet. Needless to say, this should only be done by an adult. 
  3. Try nail polish remover. Use a brush or towel to gently dab it onto the dried paint. Avoid using too much remover and soaking your carpets, as this can eat away at the adhesive on the back of your carpet. You will slowly see the paint stain begin to fade. Repeat this process several times if necessary. Once the stain is removed, go over the carpet with a rag wet with water to remove any residue. 
  4. Try using WD-40 to remove the stain. It comes in spray form and works well at breaking down tough stains like dried paint. Spray the affected area with the WD-40 then let it sit for about 25 minutes. Gently dab the area, rinse it with water.
  5. If after trying each of these methods the paint is still there, contact a professional cleaner like Chem-Dry Windy City. They have stronger cleaning solution and more expertise and will be able to help. 

No matter how you go about removing the stain, be sure to vacuum up afterward, especially if there are paint flakes everywhere.

And there you have it! A paint-free, clean carpet!