Carpet Paint Stains And How to Treat Them
When you’re doing a painting job at home, there is always a chance that some of the paint will accidentally drip on o your carpet. Paint stains can be challenging to remove if you do not know how to properly clean them and they will remain there for a long time. Your stain removal method and its effectiveness will depend on the type and colour of the stain, and how long it has stayed there. So, it’s always best to know what to do right away.
General guidelines for treating paint stains
Do not wait for the pain to dry before removing it because once it dries, it will be very hard to clean off. You first need to be able to contain the stain using paper towels or you can also use absorbent cloths. Blot the paint off and try to remove as much as you can. When using a cleaning solution, do a spot test first on a small inconspicuous area to see how it will affect the carpet before using it on the stain. In case you cannot remove everything and small bits of paint were not removed, you can cut the tips of the fibres that still has paint.
How to get rid of acrylic paint
You should first apply glycerine on the paint and then blot it up before using alcohol to remove what’s left on the carpet. Use water and detergent to clean up the remaining stain. Sponge and then vacuum dry the spot to finish the cleaning.
Watercolour and other water-based paint
Blot the paint with a clean cloth and then use water and vinegar to keep blotting. You can also use mild detergent as another cleaning solution. After that, rinse and sponge with water, but only enough to clean everything up because using too much can cause the stain to spread.
Paints that are oil-based
When this type of paint has spilled on your carpet, you need to act fast because they can become permanent. Turpentine or rubbing alcohol can be used to get rid of the stain. If the paint has become dry, using turpentine is better. Blot the area using rubbing alcohol and paper towels and then apply detergent diluted with water to finish the cleaning process.
Paint with latex
Start the process by blotting the paint right away. Sponge the area with warm water and bleach-free detergent. Keep doing this until all of the stain is gone then flush the soap residue with water and blot.
For extreme cases like dried and old paint stains, or a spill from an entire paint can, immediately contact a carpet cleaning company. In the meantime, use rags to soak up as much paint as possible and then use damp towels to cover the stain to keep it wet.
Bond Cleaning Australia offers expert carpet cleaning and stain removal services. We are trained and certified to handle any carpet cleaning job, and we’ve successfully treated most stains we’ve encountered.
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