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How to Treat Paint Spills On Carpet

Posted on Jan 9, 2018 9:00:00 AM by Eric Dokey

Cleaning paint from your carpet | D&D PaintingEven the most careful, meticulous painters have run into this problem. Even if you lay down newspaper or plastic, use painter’s tape to protect areas you don’t want painted and take every last safeguard to keep the paint on your walls and your walls alone. You might not even notice it at first, but sure enough as you’re cleaning up, satisfied with your new coat of paint, you spot it: a drip of paint on your carpet. How it happened is not important. Regardless of if you shifted a piece of newspaper while you were painting or a drop splattered off of your brush without you noticing, you need to get this cleaned up as soon as possible to assure it doesn’t set.

It’s not uncommon, and lucky for you, experienced painters have dealt with this problem for centuries and come up with the best way to deal with that stray paint.

A quick note before we begin: these methods will work well with water-based paints. If you’re dealing with an oil-based paint spill, you should call a professional to help you remove it.

Don’t let it dry

The most important thing you can do to help your chances of removing the spot is keeping the paint wet. Put plastic wrap over it before you even finish reading this blog. If it hardens, it will be much more difficult to remove.

Big spill

If there’s enough paint on your carpet, you might want to try to save some of it. Use two pieces of cardboard to scrape the paint and transfer it back into the can.

Cleaning solutions

Paint is a difficult thing to remove, but you have some options. Especially if you get to it right away, you can use any of the following to combat the stain:


Soap and water: It might seem like this will be strong enough, but people have had success with just plain old soap and water. Mix water and a spoonful of natural detergent. Spray the mixture on the painted area and pat with a rag. Soak a sponge in the mix and keep blotting. Repeat these steps until the paint is gone.

Glycerin and acetone: Soak some paper towels with glycerin and pat the painted area. Next, pour some acetone on it and loosen up the paint. Last, use a sponge in soapy water to treat the spot.


Soak a towel with vinegar and dab at the area with a towel. The vinegar will loosen the paint and lift it onto the towel. When it comes up, use a sponge and soapy water to clean the area.

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