Removing Dried Paint
There are a few different ways to remove dried paint, and for both methods, you’ll need a knife or a razor and either nail polish remover or WD40. These can be used as quick fixes until the expert carpet cleaners can come and finish the job.
● If you’re using nail polish remover:
Apply the nail polish remover to the dried paint spill on the carpet and dab it with a fresh coat every other minute or so until the paint’s colour starts to fade. Once this happens, dab the stain with a cloth moistened with cold water, and if the stain is still visible, be sure to call in the carpet cleaning professionals and discuss your options for removal of the remaining paint.
● If you’re using WD-40:
This handy product deserves a place in all homes and vehicles – it’s a great way to clean off to dry paint from carpet fibres, and comes in an aerosol spray can and since it is a lubricant it can break down paint and some other spills. Just spray it gently on the dried paint stain and leave it for half an hour, then with a cloth scrub the stain until you see it coming away in little pieces onto the rag. Scrub hard and keep going until the pain has gone. Then vacuum the carpet thoroughly but if the stain remains, call in the experts!
● If you use a knife or razor:
The first thing is to remember to be very careful when doing this, but you can try gently picking the dry paint off the carpet fibres with a sharp knife. But first, scrub the stain with vigour using a dry rag to break up the paint and after you’ve removed as much as you can, vacuum up any bits of paint left.
Notes on removing all kinds of stains
The faster you deal with a stain, the more successful you’re likely to be in removing it.
Cold water is the best to rinse off a stain – but not if the stain is fat or oil.
It’s best to rinse away one solution before trying another one to remove a stain to avoid mixing chemicals.
Instead of paper towelling, you can use a white cloth towel to soak up spills – fold it and place it on a freshly spilt spot without rubbing because you’ll rub the liquid further into the fibres.