We love when our kids show their creativity and paint us their version of the Mona Lisa. There are also times when your carpets may pay the price of that masterpiece! The good news is, you can still give your kid that artistic encouragement without sacrificing the longevity of your carpet. We’ve compiled a few simple tips for cleaning up paint, crayon and more from your carpet here:
How To Treat Wet Paint on Carpet
Each stain is different. Therefore the method of removal will also be different depending on the nature of the stain. Surprisingly, paint is easier to remove compared to other spills! So don’t stress, it is possible for your carpet to look as good as it did the day it was installed.
It’s very important that you do not scrub the spill! Scrubbing pushed the stain deeper into the fibers of the carpet making it very difficult to remove. Instead, first soak up the paint with a towel. Try not to panic and remove as much of the paint as possible with the clothe.
Avoid blotting the spot with the towel. This will push the paint into the fibers and possibly the padding of the carpet. Simply lay the paper towel and let it do the work. Repeat this process until most or very little moisture is left.
After this process, let the paint dry overnight. (Sounds crazy right?! But this really is the most effective way to remove it completely. Just keep reading!
Removing Dry Paint From Carpet
Once the paint has dried overnight, try one of the following options.
- Simply use a rag to vigorously scrub the stain. The dried paint will break off in pieces, allowing you to vacuum the remainder of the paint.
- Use a knife or razor blade to pick off the chunks of dried paint, but be extra careful not to cut the carpet.
- Try nail polish remover. Use a brush or towel to gently dab it onto the dried paint. Avoid using too much remover. The solvent can eat away at the adhesive on the back of your carpet. This process may take time, but you will see the paint stain begin to fade. Once removed, go over the carpet with a damp rag and vacuum the area.
- Try WD-40. This solvent does a good job at breaking down tough stains like dried paint. Spray the affected area with the WD-40 then let it sit for about 25-30 minutes. Gently dab the area with a rag, rinse with water and then vacuum the remaining paint pieces.
- After trying these methods, you should still have your carpets professionally cleaned to make sure the stain is entirely removed.
Contact Green Leaf Chem-Dry for your professional carpet cleaning. We offer Healthy Cleaning Solutions that are safe for your little artists and work effectively in your home. Schedule your appointment today!