How to Get Paint Stains out of the Carpet

What You'll Need
Paper towels or clean rags
Soapy warm water (for wet paint)
Carpet cleaning machine and cleaning agent
Emulsifier agent containing isopropyl alcohol (for dry paint)
Scrubbing/scraping tool, like a butter knife or old hair comb (for dry paint)

You took every precaution when you were painting the house, but still you managed to finish the project with a couple paint stains in the carpet. Luckily, you used a latex-based paint, which is much easier to remove from fibrous material such as a carpet than oil-based paints or stains. In the following paragraphs, you will be presented with some cleaning agent options and the simple steps you need to complete in order to remove  latex paint stains from your carpet.

Wet Paint Removal

Step 1: Prevent Spreading

As soon as you notice the paint on the carpet, stop what you’re doing and use some paper towels or clean rags to create a barrier around the wet paint to prevent it from spreading beyond the affected area. 

Step 2: Douse With Warm and Soapy Water

Liberally dampen the area with warm, soapy water using a clean rag or towel. 

Step 3: Blot, Blot, Blot

When trying to remove any liquid stains from carpeting, it’s very important that you remember to never rub or scrub the stain. This will only serve to work the liquid causing the stain to work deeper into the fiber of the carpet, making it very difficult to remove all of the stain. Dab or blot the stain, making sure the towel or rag is clean every time you go to blot at the stain again.

Continue blotting until your towel or rag no longer lifts any more of the paint from the carpet. You will need to change the towels or rags in your barrier a couple of times while performing this step. 

Step 3: Shampoo or Steam Clean

Once the major portion of the wet paint has been removed, use a carpet cleaner, either a steam cleaner or a shampoo machine to remove the rest of the stain.

Dry Paint Removal

Step 1: Soak With Emulsifier

If the paint is dry, first you need to try and peel as much of it out of the carpet as possible by hand. Next, you need to return the paint to a liquid state. Once you have removed as much of the dried paint by hand as possible, liberally moisten the affected area with the alcohol. Let it soak for a few minutes. 

Step 2: Scrape

After soaking, use your butter knife or old comb and scrape as much of the paint out of the paint fibers as possible. Blot out what’s been loosened with a towel or rag. 

Step 3: Deep Clean

Use either a steam cleaner or a carpet shampoo machine to thoroughly remove the remainder of the paint. If not all of it comes up, repeat steps one and two until all of the paint comes up. 

If you happen to spill paint on your carpet, as long as you follow the easy steps outlined above, you can completely remove that stain quite easily in a couple of hours.