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How to Clean Paint Stains From Carpets or Upholstery


Paint stains are a common pest in many people’s lives.

If you are an artist, into home improvement, or have small children who love to create, then you’ve no doubt encountered paint on your carpet or sofa before. Looking for tips to remove paint stains more easily? Then look no further!

Act Fast!

As with all stains, it’s best to try to remove it while it is still fresh and wet. Water-based paints are not challenging to remove, but acrylic paint can be. This is because of their hard, waxy finish once dried. If your paint stain is dry, you can attempt to remove the bulk of it with a knife. Then you can wet the area with water and continue on with the next steps. If your paint is wet, scoop up as much of it as you can ans dilute it with water in the same way.

Paint Thinner Is Your Friend

Once you’ve dabbed at the paint and hopefully diluted it, it’s time for the next step. Acetone (like in your nail-polish remover), and standard paint thinner can help to lift stains. Always spot test on a small area first to make sure it is not discolouring the fabric. If everything is fine at this point, dab diluted acetone or paint thinner over the affected area. Use a cloth to blot up any pigment and liquid that comes out.


As the stain lifts, rinse with cold water and a cloth and leave the area to dry. If the pigment is not fully removed at this point, you can try a carpet stain remover. However, most if not all should have been lifted from the previous steps. The important thing is to be patient with it as it could take several minutes. While the area is drying, do not walk over or sit on the affected area.

Paint is a tricky substance to remove from fabric. Hopefully however, you should be able to lift the stain and get back to your painting and have your carpet or upholstery back to normal!

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