Gloss paints can be tricky to remove because they contain a resin to give them that durability. This means they can be a little tough to remove but if you follow the steps below you should be successful and have a clean carpet. The fresher the paint the easier it will be to remove. Once it has dried it will be tricker to remove.
How to remove wet gloss paint from the carpet
- Remove as much of the wet paint as you can with a paper towel. Do not rub it! Try and remove as much of the paint by picking it up.
- Use acetone/thinner on a cloth to dab at the carpet to remove the paint. It’s a good idea to start from the outside of the stain and work your way into the middle.
- Repeat with the acetone. You made need to use multiple cloths for the acetone. An alternative to acetone is turpentine.
How to remove dried gloss paint from the carpet
- Try and remove as much of the dried paint as possible. You can use a blunt knife or spoon to help.
- Use a cloth soaked with acetone or thinner and place it over the paint and let it soak in for about 30 mins. This will help loosen the paint and make it easier to remove.
- Now you can dab at the paint to remove it. Remember always start from the outside of the stain and work your way into the middle.
- If needed you can clean the carpet with a little water and dishwashing liquid to remove the thinners.
Always try and remove as much of the paint initially, be mindful of removing the paint and not spreading it and making the stain bigger.
Solvents that you can use to remove the paint are acetone, paint thinners, or hydrogen peroxide. It is always a good idea to do a little spot test in an inconspicuous area that won’t be noticed.
You can use cloths or paper towels for the acetone or thinners, this just depends on what you have available and how big the spill is.
Any time you are painting it is always a good idea to cover any carpet or wooden floors with plastic or a drop cloth. This will minimize any paint that is spilled damaging your floors. Clean up any spilled paint as soon as possible as this will be easier and less time-consuming than any paint that has dried. It is also a good idea to have extra cloths or paper towels for any emergencies. This will save precious time if the worst happens and you spill a whole can of paint.
Paint can be one of those tricky things to remove just like a curry stain.