How to Get Paint Out of Carpet – 5 Ways to Remove Paint Stains

If you think removing paint stains from your carpet is impossible, then here I am going to explain how to get paint out of the carpet. Let it be a freshly spilled paint stain or an old dried-up paint stain. This article is going to clear up all your doubts on how to get paint out of the carpet. 

Basics to understand before thinking of removing stains from carpet is to get the surface wet as soon as possible and not to rub the stain to make the stain spread wider. These are at-home techniques, if the stain is still stubborn you can consult a professional.

  • Acrylic Paint
    Dampen the stained spot with water either with the help of a spray bottle or a wet cloth, to the dampen area apply some detergent and blot it around without rubbing, leave it over to loosen the paint. Now pour some acetone (nail remover) over it to lift the paint off from the carpet, you can remove the cleansed liquid and excess moisture with the help of a dry cloth and a liquid vacuum. You can repeat these steps in case the stain has not been removed from the carpet.
  • Latex Paint
    Latex paints are water based paints that easily get seeped into the carpet fabric. As it is easily seeped into the carpet in the same way it is also easy to blot and remove as much as the watery stain as possible. Make a solution of 15 ml of dishwashing liquid and 1 cup of warm water, transfer it to a spray bottle. 


Spray the soapy mixture onto the stain and let it stay there for 5 mins, this is applicable in both wet paint and dry paint cases. If the latex paint is of a stubborn kind, you can also try scraping it with the help of a putty knife alongside soaking it up with the detergent.

Blot the cleaned wet surface with a dry cloth and in case if there is any excess moisture left you can vacuum it with the help of a liquid vacuum. In case you feel the stain is still left you can repeat the steps over again until the stain is completely removed.

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  • Other Stains
    Pet Stains
    Pet stains also come with odor, so these come with two issues to tackle. Firstly you are to clear all the debris and blot the wet area (if any with a dry cloth). The key with removing stains is making sure the stained area is dry. In case of old dried stains you are to first wet it with some water and then blot it dry back.

    To tackle both odor and stain in this case you are to spray a mixture of Vinegar and warm water in 1:4 ratio respectively, let it sit for 10 minutes and blot it dry. In case of tougher stains you can spot detergent after the vinegar water is sprayed.
    Coffee Stains
    Firstly you dry the spot with a dry cloth making sure that the stain doesn’t spread around making it big. As a second step, you make a mixture of detergent, vinegar and water and transfer it to a spray bottle. Spritz the liquid and let it sit there for 10 mins and blot the excess water dry, repeat the same step by washing off the detergent until the stain disappears.
    Blood Stains
    Blood stains can only be removed with the help of cold water, as cold water prevents the blood from coagulating and turning into a permanent stain. Mix 2 tablespoons of dishwashing liquid with cold water and transfer it into a spray bottle.

    Now spray it all over the blood stain and blot it with a dry cloth, also rinse the detergent with cold water. Blood stains are not removed easily, you will have to repeat the steps over and over again not all at once but in sessions of days to remove the stain completely.
    Kool Aid Stains
    As a first step blot the stain with a dry piece of cloth to absorb excess water. Now make a mixture of a teaspoon dishwashing liquid, water and a quarter cup vinegar, transfer it to a spray bottle. Spray it all over the stained area and let it sit for a good 10 mins before blotting it with another dry cloth.

I hope this article answered your question on how to get paint out of the carpet. We have discussed 5 different scenarios answering how to get paint out of the carpet.

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