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How to Get Paint Stains Out of Your Carpet

By explaining the methods and materials to be used, this guide gives you hands-on recommendations on how to save your carpet. With paint stains, you must distinguish between water-based paint and solvent-based paint, as the removal treatments are quite different as described now.

Water-based paint stains

If your paint stain is water-based, follow these 3 steps. The faster you take action, the greater the chances of removing the stain successfully.

1. Remove fresh paint

If the paint is still moist, wipe up excess paint with a dry, white cloth or non-dyed absorbent paper. In case of a big stain, work from the edge of the stain towards the centre. Do not rub as this might increase the damaged area. Instead, the stain should be blotted off.

2. Dissolve in lukewarm water

The next step is to apply lukewarm water without soap, washing powder, liquid detergent or any similar agents. Dab the area gently with a damp white cloth and absorb as much of the liquid as possible by blotting with a dry, white cloth. Then drizzle potato starch on the stain and leave to dry for 24 hours before vacuuming.

3. Use a carpet stain remover

If the water-based paint stain cannot be dissolved in water, your next step is to try a universal stain-removing agent. Follow the instructions for use on the product's packaging. Never use chlorinated agents or bleaching agents, as these might discolour your carpet.

Solvent-based paint stains

As solvent-based paints are made in a variety of different ways and from just as many different raw materials, you must remove your paint stain using the agent and method recommended on the packaging. If you have already thrown out the packaging, look at the paint manufacturer’s website for advice. As an alternative, your paint retailer can be helpful.

General advice for both types of paint stains

If the treatment leaves a mark, your carpet may be generally soiled and needs to be cleaned. The first time a new cleaning agent or stain remover is used on the carpet, remember to check whether the agent damages the carpet because of colour bleed, discolouration, bleaching or dissolution. To avoid this, test both cleaning agent and stain remover on an area the size of a postage stamp in a corner, under a radiator or in a similar area.

If you have spilled blood on your carpet, find out how to remove it here. If you want to learn more about maintaining your carpet to make it last and look beautiful for years to come read the Service and Maintenance Guide.

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