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How to Clean Paint Off Your Carpet

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How to Clean Paint Off Your Carpet

If you have ever accidentally spilled paint on your carpet, you know how frustrating and difficult it can be to clean it up. Paint is a tough stain to remove, but with the right tools and techniques, it can be done. In this blog post, we will discuss how to clean paint off your carpet using simple household ingredients. We will also provide tips for preventing paint stains from happening in the first place. So read on to learn how to tackle this pesky problem.

The Cleaning Method Depends on the Type of Paint

Not all paints are made from the same ingredients; therefore, some stains will require a slightly different method to remove the stain. Since most paints used on interior walls are water or latex-based, we will cover how to clean that up first. If you need to know how to remove oil-paint stains, skip ahead to the Oil-Based Paint section. 

Water or Latex-Based Paint

One of the first things you will need to do is remove as much of the fresh paint as possible. Use paper towels or a rag to blot the area until most of the wet paint is gone. Then, mix dish soap with hot water in a bowl or bucket and apply it to the stain. Use a scrub brush to work the solution into the carpet fibers until the paint begins to dissolve. 

Once you can see the paint coming out, blot the area with a clean rag. You may need to repeat this process several times before the paint is completely gone. 

If you are still seeing some staining, you can try using white vinegar. Pour it onto the area and let it sit for a few minutes before blotting it up with a clean cloth.

Luckily, water and latex-based paints are very easy to clean and just require a bit of soap and scrubbing to remove. 

If you’re still having trouble getting the paint out, you can steam the stain with a clothing iron (do not let it touch the carpet directly) to release the paint from the carpet and then blot it away. 

Oil-Based Paint

To remove oil-based paint, you will need to use a stronger solvent such as mineral spirits or paint thinner. Apply the solvent to a rag and then dab it onto the stained area. You may need to apply several coats to remove all of the paint. 

Be sure to test the solvent on an inconspicuous area first to make sure it does not damage your carpet. 

It’s important to keep in mind that you should always blot paint away—never rub, as this can work the paint deeper into the carpet. 

After you have removed as much paint as possible, you can then treat the area with a stain remover and launder your carpet as usual. For stubborn stains, you can always contact a professional carpet cleaner. 


Cleaning paint off your carpet can be a tricky task, but with the right tools and techniques, it is definitely possible! Be sure to take care when using solvents, and always test them on an inconspicuous area first. If you have any stubborn stains remaining, you can always contact a professional carpet cleaner for assistance.

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