Proper Way of Carpet Cleaning Stains of Dried Paint
Old paint stains from your carpet is easier than you think. Even paint stains that are over a year old can be easily removed with the right products and a little elbow grease. Here are several tricks you can use to get paint our of carpet.
Spilled paint can ruin the look of your carpet.If you've spilled paint on your carpet, the best time to remove it is while it's still wet. If you notice the paint spill right away, you can begin acting immediately. This is always beneficial because it helps limit the depth in which the paint embeds into the carpet fibers. However, there are some reliable ways to remove dried paint and avoid the hefty cost of carpet replacement. Removing wet paint is much easier, but it is possible to remove dry paint from carpeting.
You may remove dried paint with nail polish remover or paint thinner. To remove dried paint with either chemical, start by scraping the paint stain with a razor blade or knife to get as much of the paint off as you can before you apply the chemical. Then, scrub the chemical into the stain. If you are using paint thinner, it may be more helpful to blot the stain up instead of scrubbing it. Once the paint has softened and begun to come up, alternate blotting/scrubbing with gentle scraping. Follow up by cleaning the previously stained area with dishwashing liquid and water and then rinsing it with clear water.
The key to removing paint stains lies in identifying the type of paint - is it oil-based or a water-based acrylic? You need to know if Iit is a oil based paint since you will need to use a solvent like paint thinners. If it is latex or acrylic paint, you will want to use a hot soapy water solution. After you have applied the solvents to the stained area, do the carpet cleaning using the manufacturer's recommendations.
Latex paint is water-soluble, so it is easier to remove than oil-based paint. You can likely remove all or most of the dried paint if it is latex paint, but it is unlikely that you can remove all of an oil-based paint stain. If you do not know which type of paint is on your carpet, treat it as latex paint first.
For water-based paint stains on carpet and upholstery, scrape up as much of the paint as you can, before blotting with an absorbent towel. Try to keep the paint stain moist for best stain removal. If dried, use a hard-bristled brush and brush off as much caked paint as possible, before adding soapy water or a paint/varnish remover, and then scraping off any remaining paint. Spray with water and blot with rubbing alcohol. Repeat the steps until removed.For large paint stains, soak the stain with water and lay towels over the stain to blot, before applying the above method.Another solution for water-based paints stains is to apply turpentine, soap and water to a soft stain. Should the paint stain have hardened, brush as before and then apply a little turpentine to soften. Never use liquid paint remover if the stain is wet.
To remove oil-based paint stains off carpet and upholstery, scrape off as much wet paint as you can, and blot, or if hardened brush off and use the recommended paint-and-varnish remover to soften (this information can be found on the paint label). Scrape away excess, blot, and spray the stain with water. Use a touch of turpentine to dab the stain (keeping a close eye on the stain to be sure the colours don't run). Alternate blotting with the turpentine and clean water until the stain is gone. Sponge a lukewarm detergent mix on the stain and blot again until you can't remove any more paint. Blot well with clean water and let the carpet or upholstery dry before vacuuming.
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