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Removing Paint from Carpet

Paint is great if you're creating a masterpiece or doing some decorating, but it's a nightmare when it gets onto the carpet. Children can be messy when playing with paints, and drips while painting the ceiling are virtually inevitable. However if you act fast, water-based paints are fairly simple to clean up.

Take a look below for some essential stain removal hints and tips.

Cleaning up Wet Paint

Getting paint on the carpet isn't the end of the world but you need to remove it quickly. It creates a noticeable stain regardless what type of carpet you have, and is difficult to remove without damaging the carpet fibres once it's dry.

If you're tackling the stain when it's wet, almost all water-based paints can be treated in the same way, from watercolours and acrylics to household emulsion.

The first step is to remove as much of the paint as possible.If it's a large spill and there's wet paint on the surface of the carpet, you may be able to scoop some of it into a container using a scraper or pallet knife. Just be careful not to spread it over a larger area. For smaller stains use an old sponge, towel or kitchen paper to soak up the paint. Dab rather than rub to make sure you don't make things worse.

Next mix around 250ml of warm water with a little washing-up liquid and spray or dab this onto the paint. Lightly work the detergent in from the edge of the stain towards the middle.

You can then use some clean water to rinse the area, but be careful not to make the carpet too wet. Blot with a clean, dry towel. Repeat this rinsing and drying process several times to make sure there's no residue left behind.

Dry Paint Stains

Dry paint is more difficult to remove than wet paint. Emulsion and acrylic paints dry hard and cling to the carpet fibres. Hot water with washing up liquid may help soften the paint but you may need to use a blunt knife to gently scrape it off. Be careful, as it's easy to damage your carpet trying to remove this sort of mark.

Removing Paint the Rug Doctor Way

For the best results removing water-based paint from carpet, reach for Rug Doctor Spot and Stain Remover. The advanced solution works on a variety of stains, including water colours and other water-based paints.

The procedure is very simple. Click here for the full instructions.

Deep Cleaning Your Carpets

Fitted carpets often contain dirt you can't see as well as visible stains. If you've spilled some paint, removing the stain will be your main priority but renting a carpet cleaning machine will make sure the whole house is spotless. Our cleaners remove dirt, dust, hair, pollen and dust mite droppings, leaving your carpets looking, feeling and smelling great.

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