Help, I Spilled Paint on the Carpet!

First off, don’t panic! We know, as we speak, you are currently staring at that puddle of red paint on your beige rug, and the first instinct is to panic– after all, all you wanted to do was get that red accent wall that you have always dreamed of. But don’t call up the replacement carpet store yet, hope is not all lost. The best thing you can do for your carpet at this moment, is to spring into action.

Were you lucky enough to notice the paint before it dried? If yes, then there is something to be thankful for. Wet latex paint can be worked out of your carpet with just a little elbow grease and some technique.

  1. If the paint is still wet, do NOT let it dry. This means even if you need to sprinkle more water on the spill while you go find rags and cleaning supplies, you do that.
  2. Next, keep that spill confined. The worst thing you want is to have your mess grow at a faster rate than you can clean! Spills on carpet will not often bleed very far, but it does depend on the pile of the carpet. So if you see spreading paint, grab something absorbent (newspapers, paper towels, even kitty litter) and quarantine off the affected area.
  3. Then you are going to want to remove the excess paint sitting on the surface. Use a paper towel or rag (depending on the size of the spill.) The most important thing to remember here is to NOT scrub, and only blot the paint. Although it is instinctive to want to scrub that paint out, at this stage, scrubbing will only further embed the paint into the carpet fibers. Keep blotting until you can see the carpet fibers once again.
  4. Once the excess paint is removed, you are going to want to re-soak the affected area with water. (Latex paint is water based, and adding water will help to dilute.) Next, gather warm water with a modest amount of dish soap, and a clean sponge. Begin the process of scrubbing the carpet and rinsing out the sponge until the water starts running clear. Have patience, it may feel like this step is lasting forever, but large spills can take up to two hours to clean. But take heart! The simple hot, soapy water method should always work on latex paint, especially if you get to it quickly.

We hope this clean-up method worked for you, and you were able to save both your paint job and your carpet. If you have any further painting questions, just give us a call, and we’ll be happy to answer them.

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