How to Tackle Paint Stains in CarpetsSometimes kids get a little too eager with their art projects and end up painting the carpets. Or maybe you’re repainting a room and forgot to lay down a tarp over your carpets. There are a lot of ways that you can end up with paint on your floor. Many people panic when they have paint stain in their carpets, but it actually isn’t that hard to get most paint stains out. Here are some of our best tips to get paint stains out of your carpets:

How To Remove Wet Paint

The way you tackle your paint stain depends on whether your paint is wet or dry. If you happen to discover the paint stain while it’s still wet, take action right away to start removing the stain.

While the paint is wet, very gently blot at the stain. The most important thing to remember is not to scrub at the stain. Scrubbing can actually push the stain down deeper into your carpets and make it harder to remove, as well as damaging the fibers of your carpets. Instead, grab a white cloth or paper towel and try to soak up some of the paint. Replace the towel once it’s soaked with a fresh towel to avoid spreading the paint. Repeat the process until there is little or no moisture left in the spot.

Once you have removed the wetness from the stain, remove the towel and let the stain dry on its own overnight (do not use a hair dryer or any other aid to dry the stain, the heat will make it worse!). This might seem counterintuitive, but there isn’t much more you can do until the paint has dried.

Once the paint is dried, move on to the next step below.

Removing Dry Paint From Carpet

If the paint stain you are working on is completely dry, there are a variety of things that you can try to remove the paint. Feel free to try whatever method is easiest (or uses supplies you already have on hand). Keep trying these methods until something works to remove your stain. 

  1. Use an old rag to vigorously scrub the stain. Make sure the spot is completely dry or you will make it worse. If the paint is dry, though, the paint should start to fleck off of the carpet fibers. Once you’re done, be sure to vacuum up all of the paint flecks from your carpets. 
  2. Use a knife or razor blade to pick chunks of dried paint off of the carpet fibers. Be very careful not to damage or cut the carpet fibers. This should only be done by an adult. 
  3. Gently dab nail polish remover onto the stain. Be careful to only use a small amount of remover at a time, as dousing the area can damage the carpet backing and adhesive. You might have to change rags and repeat the process a few times. Once the paint is gone, use a wet rag to clean up as much nail polish remover as you can.
  4. Use WD-40, which comes in a spray form and works well at breaking down tough stains (like dried paint). To use, spray the affected area with the WD-40 then let it sit for about 25 minutes. Then, gently dab the area with a cloth, and rinse it with water to completely remove the WD-40. 
  5. Call a carpet cleaner. A professional carpet cleaner will be able to remove tough stains that DIY cleaning methods can’t. If you can’t get the stain out yourself or you don’t want to try to tackle it yourself, give your local carpet cleaners a call. 


San Juan Chem-Dry is happy to assist you with removing any stains you might have in your carpets. If you’re in the Farmington, NM area, give us a call!