How Can I Remove Dried Paint from CarpetWritten by anita
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Carpets are such items which in these days have become not only expensive but also indispensable, becoming a part of home utility or house decorative products. You can hardly find houses without beautiful carpets in all sizes and varieties. Women never go down in their temptation to keep buying new ones to decorate their living rooms.
Nevertheless, these carpets demand a good maintenance, requiring lot of effort in keeping them clean especially with small kids around. Not only that, it is equally difficult while shifting houses, for packing them neatly and carefully as well as while painting the interiors of the house, to keep them away from stains and dust. Doesn’t this remind of the stain of paint on that exported carpet which has dried up and has become almost impossible in getting rid of it? Here are few nice and easy suggestions to help you out to remove the dried paint form your carpet.
It’s a known fact that, paint fallen on carpet is easy to be cleared when it is still wet. Just absorbent papers and a little bit of scrapping could serve good enough. But it becomes a problem when the paint dries up completely and goes deep inside the carpet. Let’s consider these widely used and yet effective tips as under.
- For stubborn oil paints, try using some popular paint removers like RX, WD 40, Goof off, Goof off 2, Goo-Gone or any dry cleaning solutions which contains solvent. Sometimes even nail polish removers make wonders on such stains for it has acetone which clears off any dried stains. Firstly scrape the dried paint from the carpet as much as possible using a razor or a blunt knife also taking care of not spoiling the fiber much. When most of the paint is removed, you are still left with the residue which is settled deep inside the carpet. Now take a swab of cotton dipped well in the solutions suggested above and apply on the dried place and leave it to soak for few minutes. This helps in breaking down the paint and makes it little softer and easier to scrape it off completely. Now either sponge or spray cold water and dry up the area using a vacuum cleaner. Care should be taken to cover your hands with a pair of gloves and also your nose with a cloth since such solutions leave very strong fumes and could possibly affect your skin while using strong doses. However, these removers are also available in convenient aerosols making it easier and avoid messing up in hands.
- For water based stains or rather dried water based paints, you can simply use detergent or soapy water and follow the similar instructions of blunt knife scrapping. This could be repeated till the paint doesn’t leave any trace of existence and finally dried up with vacuum cleaner or spread in hot sun.
An additional tip is to avoid rubbing the affected area which might further worsen the problem by spreading the paint. These suggestions for sure surprise you by not only cleaning the carpet effectively but would also save you from that big chunk of money required to exchange and buy a new carpet.