When painting is done in your home, you do your best to protect the household items from catching the paint. Sometimes, though, the paint may accidentally spill on items you wouldn't want the paint to touch like the carpet. When you spot traces of paint on your carpet, do not fret because the paint can easily be removed. But if the paint has dried up, it may prove to be a bit of challenge. Here are tips on how you can remove the paint.
Removing Wet Paint
Getting rid of wet paint is easy and you can do so in a couple of minutes using simple household items like dish soap or nail polish remover and paper towels.
- Remove The Paint Using Soap Dish – First of all, do not scrub the affected areas; scrubbing will force the paint deep into the carpet fibers. Instead, blot the paint using paper towels. The next step is applying dish soap on the affected areas. Mix a small amount of dish soap with warm water in a container or a small bowl. Soak the corner of a small rag in the solution and blot the paint again using the rag. Begin blotting the outside of the patch as you move towards the center. Blot until you are satisfied that the traces of paint are no longer visible.
- Remove The Paint Using Nail Polish Remover – Before you start, remember that the same rule of painting applies: do not scrub. Lift the paint by dabbing it with paper towels soaked in nail polish remover. Then soak a piece of cloth in a solution of thick soap and hot water. Apply it lightly on the affected areas to get rid of the remaining color and to mask the smell generated by the nail polish remover.
Removing Dry Paint
Dry paint presents a different challenge but here is how you can get it off your carpet.
- Scrape The Paint – First let a solution of hot water and detergent sit on the affected areas for a few minutes to soften the paint. Then try to get the paint off the carpet by scraping it up with a knife.
- Use A Handheld steamer – A handheld steamer can come in handy if the paint is resistant to your softening methods. Direct the steamer on the carpet as you continue to scrap with a knife until the paint is lifted off the carpet completely.
Removing dry paint is a task that requires patience to pull off so don't get frustrated if the paint is not coming off as quickly as you would wish.
For more info about this, contact a local painting company.