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COIT’s Guide to Removing Paint Stains from Carpet

When you’re painting the interior of your house, the last thing you want left behind is spilled paint on carpet. But if a few carpet stains manage to sneak through, have no fear, do-it-yourselfers – there is a solution. 

With COIT’s Guide to removing paint stains from carpet, you’ll have step-by-step instructions to help you tackle tough spots. Remember to always do a spot removal test on a portion of carpet or upholstery that is normally not visible.

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How to remove water-based paint stains from carpet:

  1. If the paint stain is still wet, simply blot the spot with a wet paper towel  - don’t scrub, just blot.
  2. If the paint stain is dry, use hot water and a little bit of dish detergent. Let the solution sit for a few minutes to soften the paint.
  3. Once the paint is softened, use a knife or pin to scrape the paint stain. Continue to add more solution as you scrape.
  4. If the paint is still not softening, consider using a handheld steamer while you scrape to eventually remove the paint stain from the carpet.

So the next time you see a paint stain in your carpet, follow these handy ways to eliminate it in minutes.

How to remove latex paint stains from carpet:

  1. Blot the spot to remove as much wet paint as possible – don’t scrub, or you’ll push the paint further down into the carpeting.
  2. Mix a cup of lukewarm water with one teaspoon of dishwashing detergent – just make sure the detergent is mild.
  3. Work from the outside of the paint stain to the inside, gently blotting the affected area.
  4. After letting the area dry completely, follow up by vacuuming.

How to remove oil based stains from carpet:

  1. If the paint stain is dry, you’ll want to use a steamer to soften the stain.
  2. Apply steam directly to the stain.
  3. Simultaneously pick at the paint stain with a needle or a pin to try and break it up.
  4. Continue until stain is removed, without damaging fibers.

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Remember to always do a spot removal test on a portion of carpet or upholstery that is normally not visible. These are suggested treatments only and COIT can't be held accountable for any damage sustained by use of the treatments in this spot removal guide.

How to Remove Paint from Concrete

COIT’s Guide to Removing Paint Stains from Concrete

When you’re painting exterior areas of your home, spilled paint on concrete can be a bit of an eyesore. To remove paint stains from concrete, follow these step-by-step instructions.

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Removing Concrete Paint Stains with a Power Washer

  1. If the paint stain is on exterior concrete, your best bet is investing in, or borrowing, a power washer.
  2. You can even rent a power washer for a relatively affordable price.
  3. While cleaning the paint stain, be sure the stream of water is not too narrow, as you’ll want to avoid leaving marks on the concrete.

Removing Concrete Paint Stains with Chemical Paint Stripper

If you don’t have access to a power washer, consider trying another set of steps to remove the concrete paint stain using a chemical paint stripper

  1. Buy chemical paint stripper that’s designed to remove oil-based paints.
  2. Following the manufacturer instructions, apply the chemical paint stripper anywhere from 1 to 8 hours. The label should specify the appropriate time period, so be sure to check before you begin.
  3. Then, scrub the affected area of concrete with a scraper or a wire scrub brush.
  4. You may have to repeat these steps if necessary 2 to 3 times to remove all paint residue.
  5. After concrete paint stain is completely removed, be sure to clean the affected area using a power washer, if you have access to one. 

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Remember to always do a spot removal test on a portion of carpet or upholstery that is normally not visible. These are suggested treatments only and COIT can't be held accountable for any damage sustained by use of the treatments in this spot removal guide.

How to Remove Paint from Wood Floors

COIT’s Guide to Removing Paint Stains from Wood Floors

When you’re painting around wooden surfaces, it’s difficult to avoid a few paint stains on hardwood here and there. Thankfully, removing these stains is as easy as following a few trusty steps.

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Removing Paint Stains from wood floors with a Heat Gun

  1. If you have access to a heat gun, this is your best bet. Point the heat gun close to the stain – this will soften the paint.
  2. Simultaneously, gently scratch the paint layers using a putty knife.
  3. With a damp rag, wipe the affected area.
  4. If this does not remove the spilled paint on wood floor, consider using products designed to remove paint: Goo Goo Painter’s Pal or Good Off. These products can be applied directly to the stain using a cotton swab.

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Removing Wood floor Paint Stains Using Rubbing Alcohol

If you can’t seem to get your hands on a heat gun, here’s an alternative way to remove wood floor paint stains.

  1. Scrape off as much paint as you can using a bladed tool.
  2. Soak a household rag in rubbing alcohol.
  3. Apply rag directly to stain and rub until stain is not visible.

When in Doubt, Goof-Off!

Now if this method still doesn’t remove the paint stain, you can try using Goof-Off, a popular household stain remover. Is that tough wood floor paint stain still in sight? For more advanced wood floor cleaning that requires specialized, professional care, consider COIT Cleaning services. Don't forget to check our discounts!

Remember to always do a spot removal test on a portion of carpet or upholstery that is normally not visible. These are suggested treatments only and COIT can't be held accountable for any damage sustained by use of the treatments in this spot removal guide.

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Home remedies not working?

If you’re still battling stubborn red wine stains after trying these home remedies, professional cleaning may be a good option to explore. Check out COIT’s Cleaning Services to learn more about the help we can offer.

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