How to Get Latex Paint out of Carpet

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What You'll Need
Cold water
Warm water
Dishwashing detergent
Paint remover
Shop vac

If you spilled latex paint on a carpet, you're probably wondering how to go about removing it. The paint should be cleaned up as soon as it is spilled, while it is still wet. Removing latex paint from carpeting is an easy job that even a DIY novice can do in about an hour and a half.

Step 1 - Sponge the Stain with Cold Water

Using a sponge to gently blot away as much latex paint as possible. A washcloth can be used in the place of a sponge if it is highly absorbent. After you've gotten rid of as much paint as possible with the preliminary blotting, soak the sponge in cold water and proceed with another round of meticulous blotting.

Step 2 – Use Soap or Paint Remover

Now combine 1 cup of lukewarm water with 1 teaspoon of dishwashing detergent. Mild detergents work best for this process. Soak your sponge in the mixture and vigorously blot the stained area. Continue to blot until the latex paint has been completely removed. This washing should help, but there are also chemical products sold that are made specifically for removing latex paint. Follow the directions on the bottle. Wear goggles or safety glasses with side shields, especially when using a chemical remover.

Step 3 – Soak the Stain

If the spill is more than a few inches wide and the paint is still wet, pour large quantities of water on the stain and pick it up with a wet/dry shop vac. Several gallons of fresh water will dilute and combine with the paint until the paint is gone, sucked into the vacuum with the water.