How to Get Paint Out of Carpet

If you have ever took on the challenge of painting the walls in your home on your own, you know exactly how much preparation and attention to detail is required to get the job done right. Of course, protecting the carpet on your floor should be one of your biggest concerns. While drop cloths can help prevent any accidental paint spills, there are those times when paint still seems to find a way onto your carpet.


Does this sound like something that has happened to you? Do you want to know how to get paint out of carpet so you can tackle your painting with confidence? Lucky for you, I’m about to share a couple secrets with you that will help you get paint of carpet with ease. Believe it or not, it is truly not as hard as you might think.


You Need to Move Quick
Before any paint can come out of your carpet, you should be well aware that the faster you move, the easier it will be to remove the paint. If you wait too long, the paint will end up becoming dry. By that time, it is going to be tougher to get the paint to come out without tearing up some of your carpet in the process.


Assemble the Troops
You are going to need a couple things to extract the paint out of your carpet effectively – a sponge, mild dish detergent and cold/lukewarm water. While simple household items, all work wonders when combined with each other, and you will quickly see how.


Step-by-Step Paint Removal
Take a look at the steps below that will show you how to get paint out of carpet fast and easy:

  • Use your sponge (dry) and blot out any excessive paint covering the carpet.
  • Rinse paint out of your sponge with cold water.
  • Repeat the first step again (although your sponge will be wet from rinsing, which is ok).
  • Continue the rinse/blot cycle until you are unable to get paint out of the carpet.
  • Mix soap with lukewarm water and soak your sponge in the soapy solution.
  • Blot the area with the sponge and detergent solution.
  • Let the area sit and dry. Once completely dry, go over with a vacuum to remove any excess paint.

This should work to get paint out of your carpet in most cases, as most paints used for walls inside of homes are latex based. If you’re dealing with paint in your carpet that is oil based, you may have to hire a professional to help extract the paint.


Now that you know how to get paint out of carpet, you will no longer have to stress if anything happens in the future. Just remember these steps and you will be good to go!

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