After completing the painting of the interior of your house as part of your interior decoration, you have earmarked one job to do in the end; it is the cleaning of the spilled paint on your carpet and wood floors. You can do it now using the following methods.
Removing Paint from a Carpet
While dealing the paint stain on carpets, immediate action will give best results. Once the paint is dried, it will be difficult to handle. The following immediate actions will be helpful.
- Small paint stains can be removed using rubbing alcohol. Spray the rubbing alcohol on a white cloth, blot the stain with it, and see if the paint is transferred to the cloth.
- If you need to apply more force, rub in one direction only, preserving the carpet fibres.
- Do not soak the carpet with rubbing alcohol, because it will cause damage to the carpet.
- Apply a sponge dipped in cool water on the stain. Blot the excess water using a clean cloth.
- Add 1 teaspoon of mild dishwashing liquid in 1 cup of warm water and use this solution to blot the area of stain.
- Spray cool water and rinse the area. Blot the area and remove excess water.
- Repeat several times to remove all the paint.
- Allow the area to dry.
- Fill 3 percent hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle and spray on the stain area of the carpet without moistening it. Keep it for one hour.
- After one hour, blot the stain using a clean white cloth and see if there is any colour change to the cloth. Repeat the process until the complete stain is removed.
- Once the complete paint is removed, spread few paper towels to the wet area and weigh it down to get the moisture absorbed.
Removing Dried Paint from Carpet
Two steps are involved. First you have to remove the paint stain; and then remove the greasy stain left from removing the paint stain.
- Loosen the paint by applying a good paint-remover. Let it work for about 20 minutes. Rub the area using a clean cloth and remove any loosened paint. Use a hard-bristled brush and scrape on the area to remove the remaining paint. If necessary use a razor blade to scrape the area gently.
- To remove the adhesive stains left on the area, mix 1 tablespoon of a grease-removing liquid and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar in 2 cups of warm water. Using a sponge, blot this mixture on the stain. Once the liquid is absorbed, blot the area with clean water and let dry.
Removing Paint from Wood Floors
- Pour rubbing alcohol on the paint affected area of the wood floor and ensure that it is evenly spread and covers all the areas.
- Lay a plastic tarp over the area, which will help the rubbing alcohol to extract the paint from the wooden surface. Let the plastic trap be on the floor for 10 minutes
- Use damp mop to remove the loosened paint from the floor.
- If there are any remains of the paint on the floor, remove it by using a bristled brush.
- Keep the doors and windows open during the cleaning process, for proper ventilation.