We’ve talked sticky messes, we’ve talked pens and markers. Now let’s talk a little bit about craft or acrylic paint. Paint can be tricky to remove. It can be manageable with the right tools, but you have to be very careful. Small spots can be taken care of on their own, but for large scale paint spills, your carpet cleaning professional should be called immediately. You will need some fairly uncommon things for the at home removal, specifically, pure glycerine which can be found at most drug stores, and pure acetone which is found in home improvement stores near the paint.
When acrylic paint hits the carpet, the first thing you want to do is contain it. Left on its own, the paint will spread, absorbing deep in to the carpet’s fibers. Place clean dry paper towels around the spill to contain it.
Next, use another dry paper towel to blot at the paint. Do not rub. Use as many paper towels as necessary to blot up as much of the paint as possible.
Now, place a small amount of glycerine on a clean dry towel, and blot at the paint stain. This helps to loosen the acrylic paint and further remove the sticky paint residue from the carpet. Do this until all of the paint itself has been absorbed. You may need to use more than one towel.
What’s left should be a spot on the carpet, the color of the paint. using another clean and dry towel, apply a small amount of acetone to the towel and begin to blot at the stain. At first, it may seem like it’s not working, but keep at it. Blot, blot and blot again. Soon you will see progress, and the stain should come pretty close to disappearing.
When you are done with the acetone, it is very important to rinse the area of your carpet to ensure the removal of the acetone chemical. Mix a quarter teaspoon of dish soap in to 2 cups of warm water, and dip a clean towel in the mixture and blot the area. Do not saturate the carpet, just blot and blot some more to pull the acetone out. From there, blot with clean warm water (no soap) to ensure there is no sticky residue causing soap left behind.
Place a clean and folded dry hand towel over the area, and place something heavy (like a phone book) on top to further draw out anything that may be left in the carpet. Leave for a few hours or overnight.
If the stain is not completely gone at this point, it should be significantly improved. Be sure to point out the area to your carpet cleaning professional at their next visit so the area can be treated and extracted properly.
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