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How to Remove Paint from Carpet

paint on carpetFor paint spills, as with all liquid spills, ACT FAST. Once the pain dries, it will usually stain the carpet permanently.

First, contain the wet paint and absorb with paper towels or napkin or rags that you don’t mind throwing out. Before you apply any chemicals or solvents, test them in an inconspicuous area of the carpet to make sure it won’t damage the carpet.

For Acrylic Paint
Apply glycerin to the stain and blot it up. Then remove the residue with rubbing alcohol and go over the remaining stain with a mild detergent and water using a sponge or rag.

For Oil Based Paint
Oil based paint will definitely damage the carpet if it sits for too long. Use turpentine or mineral spirits to remove the paint, then blot with rubbing alcohol and finally use a mild detergent and water with a sponge or rag.

For Latex Paint
Blot up as much as possible, then apply a mixture of 1 tablespoon of mild detergent with 1 cup of warm water. Repeat as necessary.

For Water Based Paint
Blot up as much as possible, then continue to blot with vinegar, and finally blot with a mild detergent and water and a sponge.

Dry Paint
Scrape away as much paint as you can, then apply WD-40. Let it sit for 20 minutes, then blot the area clean using a mild detergent and water. Repeat as necessary.

How To Remove Glue from Carpet

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When you spill glue you have to act quickly to remove it. Many glues are fast drying so it’s easier to clean up the glue if it’s still wet. Pre-test the carpet to make sure it doesn’t get damaged by trying to remove the glue.

  1. First start by dabbing the glue with a damp paper towel. You may need to repeat this process with multiple damp paper towels (don’t keep using the same paper towel if it’s covered in glue)
  2. If the glue is wet and is slow drying, you will probably be able to pick up most of the glue.
  3. Make sure you get down into the fibers after you have picked up the glue on the surface.
  4. If this isn’t working with water, dip the paper towel in white vinegar then try blotting.

If the above process doesn’t work, or if the glue has dried:

  1. Take a brown paper bag (grocery bag) or a thin cloth and put the brown paper or cloth on top of the glue.
  2. With an iron on a low setting, carefully iron on top of the bag or cloth, checking frequently to see if the glue has melted and transferred onto the cloth or paper.
  3. Check the spot in 10 seconds. If you need more heat, slowly increase the temperature setting on the iron and try it again.
  4. Keep checking every 10 seconds or so, and repeat the process until the glue has melted into the cloth or paper.
  5. Do not spray the glue with water or use steam on the iron.
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