Honey, I Painted the Carpets…

Maybe you thought you didn’t need to cover the carpet for a quick painting job. Maybe your child is an aspiring artist but doesn’t realize their paint spill isn’t quite a masterpiece. Either way, it’s a pretty terrible feeling seeing that happen!

Don’t worry, here is how to clean up paint (and this works for crayons, too) from your carpet:


How To Treat Wet Paint on Carpet

First, you should know that paint is easier to remove from carpet than most other spills! So don’t stress, it’s possible for your carpet to look as good as new in no time.

The method for removal depends on the nature of the stain.paint stains on carpet

Regardless, remember to NEVER scrub the spill! This will push it deeper down into your carpet fibers and make it more difficult to remove. Instead, soak up the paint with a towel. It’s easy to panic and start scrubbing! Take a deep breath and always start by soaking up as much paint as you can first.

Also, avoid blotting the paint with the towel. This can cause it to seep further into your carpet. Just lay a towel (or a good paper towel) over the stain and let it do the work. Repeat the process until there’s little or no moisture left.

Here’s where you’re going to stop believing us, but don’t!

After you gently soak up the paint, you’ll let the paint dry overnight. (Sounds crazy right?! But this really is the most effective way to remove it completely. Just keep reading!)


Removing the Dry Paint From Carpet

Once the paint has dried overnight, you have a lot more options for removal. Try one of these options:

• Grab a rag to vigorously scrub the stain. Bits of dried paint will come off in pieces. Once the stain is removed, vacuum over the area.

• Carefully use a knife or razor blade to pick off the chunks of dried paint, taking great care not to cut your carpet.

• Nail polish remover can work wonders. Use a brush or towel to gently dab it onto the dried paint. Avoid using too much remover, as this can eat away at the adhesive on the back of your carpet. You will slowly see the paint stain begin to fade. Repeat this process several times if necessary. Once the stain is removed, go over the carpet with a wet rag, then again with a vacuum.

• Try WD-40. Believe it or not, WD-40 works well at breaking down tough stains like dried paint. Spray the affected area and then let it sit for about 25 minutes. Come back, gently dab the area, rinse it with lukewarm water, then vacuum.

• After trying each of these methods, you should still have your carpets professionally cleaned to make sure the stain is entirely removed and won’t come back in the future. (You may not be able to see any more stain but dirt will cling to it in the future and that spot will just keep coming back).


At Chem-Dry of Lafayette, we’re serious about what we do and we want to help you have a clean, healthy home. We make sure to use safe, eco-friendly products to protect your loved ones and to effectively lift stains and grime.