…AND YOU USED A DROP CLOTH TOO! Even the professional painters can leave some paint spots behind on your carpet. Don’t panic, yet. It may not be the end of the world, but you do have to act fast.

As we have encountered time and again while performing residential and commercial carpet cleaning, the type of paint we commonly run into is luckily water based, of which we will be addressing here.

If the paint drips are not allowed to dry, blotting is the trick. Simply take a dry white rag. It needs to be as absorbent as possible. Blot or dab the stain gently until it comes up. DO NOT SCRUB! Scrubbing at the paint could distort the carpet fibers. Also, going after the paint roughly will force the paint into the carpet further. At this point you will have real problems.

Let’s suppose that you discovered the paint after it has dried. Usually, a good dose of hot water and an absorbent towel can do wonders. Unfortunately, in this case, a certain amount of rubbing will be necessary.

If you have dumped a bucket of paint on the floor, this is a different matter. In this case you will probably need a wet/dry vac, and you will need one right away. The most important thing is that the carpet not be allowed to dry. Place plastic, or an old, white towel or rag on the paint spill while you find a wet/dry vac. Wet the spill area with a towel. Apply the wet/dry shop-vac until the area has been cleaned and dried.

Unfortunately, some paint could discolor the carpet. That is why timing is of the utmost importance. If the paint is oil based, contact a professional carpet cleaner.

Hadley’s ProClean

Serving El Dorado Hills, Folsom, Placerville

and parts of

Placer County, Sacramento County,

and El Dorado County

(916) 983-0662     (530) 621-3393