Over the last 6 months we’ve painted our kitchen, living room, dining room, downstairs hallway and upstairs hallway. We’ve been busy! We’ve had a few snafus along the way, so wanted to share how we “fixed it.” If you’re someone like us who got paint on your carpets, here’s how to get paint out of carpet or rugs.
How to Get Paint Out of Carpet
The second we dropped some blue paint in our carpet, I panicked. I didn’t want paint splats anywhere, so it made me nervous immediately. When you’re wondering how to get paint out of carpet the good news is that it’s possible. I can tell you from experience that you don’t need to panic or worry, it can be done and it can get out.
First things first when you’re trying to figure out how to get paint out of carpet or rugs, what kind of paint are you dealing with? There’s 2 kinds: 1) Oil-Based Paint 2) Water-Based Paint.
What I’ve learned when trying to figure out how to get paint out of carpet:
- Oil-based paint is made using synthetic or natural oils as foundation of the formula. This kind of paint is resistant to moisture and considered very durable.
- Water-based paint, also known as latex paint, is a low-VOC alternative to oil-based paint. The odor is faint, and it’s an option that dries fast and is easier to clean up.
It’s important to note these as you paint because now I will gravitate towards water-based paints as often as I can because they’re just easier to clean. These 2 paint bases are important for you to keep in mind because it will impact how you go about cleaning up the paint.
Water-Based Paints – 3 Ways How to Get Paint Out of Carpet
- Grab dish soap, warm water and a scrub brush for this one. Take the time to get down and saturate the area with the warm water and soap and then scrub, scrub, scrub! You will start to see (hopefully!) the paint come right out. This one is easy if the paint has dried a bit or is still wet.
- My mother suggested I try laundry detergent for getting water-based stains out of the carpet. You drop a few droplets on the stain and start trying to get it out. Depending upon the size of the paint stain you either will scrub or blot. I say this because if it’s a large stain, you might need to scrub. If it’s a little stain, blotting might be the best. You will be able to determine as you start to “wash” it out.
- If the paint stain is DRY you can take a steamer you have for your clothing and soften the paint with it. These is great because it’s an easy hack that most people have right at home with them. Once the stain is softened, it makes it easier to remove with warm water or you can add some soap/detergent to help get it out, too.
Oil-Based Paints – 3 Ways How to Get Paint Out of Carpet
- This is one where you will need either 100% acetone (this could be nail polish remover) or hydrogen peroxide. Wet the area with these solutions where the paint is and start blotting the area. You don’t want to scrub, just blot and try your best to remove what you can. Please note that the area will smell, so open windows!
- You can try to use club soda to remove paint for the carpet, too. Pour the area with the soda and you’ll hear the fizz immediately! Allow the liquid to saturate over the stain. Take a cloth or scrub brush and start trying to get it out. This one is an old hack, but it could potentially be a good fix for you and your carpet.
- Here is a repeat one, too! If the paint stain is DRY you can take a steamer you have for your clothing and soften the paint with it. These is great because it’s an easy hack that most people have right at home with them. Once the stain is softened, it makes it easier to remove with warm water or you can add some soap/detergent to help get it out, too.
If you’re looking for straight carpet cleaner to get paint out, this is a suggestion I would recommend for you to take a look at for your home. Not everyone likes using harsh cleaners, so I wanted to make sure to add ways to get it out without having to potentially buy anything special. If you need to, here is the one I recommend.
- Bissell Professional Power Shot Oxy Carpet Spot – This is a great product to use! Do you have tough, set-in stains around your house? Now you have professional-quality cleaning on your side. Bissell professional power shot oxy has stainless technology to permanently remove tough stains like red wine, pet soils, coffee, and motor oil. It out cleans the leading aerosol spot cleaner on tough stains like red wine, grape juice, and coffee. Plus the formula and packaging are eco-friendly, with biodegradable detergent, recyclable package, and no-voc formula (no solvent content and no hazardous propellants).
I hope this helps you when you’re wondering how to get paint out of carpet or rugs. I know paint isn’t something that happens a lot to carpets, but when it does – you panic because you don’t want or need the additional stain or mark. I hope these suggestions will give you piece of mind when wondering how to go about getting it out and keeping it out.
Share with me any tricks or tips or advice that you have, too! Love to learn from each other and find various ways to make home hacks work for everyone. Love for you to check out my other posts about how to clean things around your house. If you’re looking for ways to clean your fish tank, here are some ways to do it, too. This is one I use a lot when trying to clean our own tanks at home!