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Removing Oil-Based Paint Spills on Your Carpet

Posted on: October 15, 2012

Carpet cleaning can be one of the toughest tasks that a homeowner has to do inside the home. Keeping a carpet nice and clean can be a bigger challenge than you could imagine as it gets exposed to many different cleaning problems such as stains and spills on a daily basis.

One example of a tough cleaning problem that can frustrate homeowners is accidentally spilling some oil-based paint on the carpet. This is not a rare occurrence as oil-based paint is often used inside the home. It could be for decorating your home or possibly a school or office project, but whatever the purpose of the oil-based paint, getting it spilled on the carpet is the last thing that you would want to happen.

Are you experiencing this kind of predicament in your home? If yes then you are in luck. Below is a guide that I have prepared to help you in removing the oil-based paint on your carpet. Here’s what you will need to do to get your carpet clean once more.

• Scoop up the excess paint on the carpet by using a spoon or dull knife and carefully extracting it. For the small amounts of paint that you cannot remove using this way, get a clean sponge or a white cloth and then blot the paint spill until you are able to remove as much of it from the carpet.
• Next thing that you will need to do is to apply some rubbing alcohol on the stain. Use isoprophyl alcohol and see first if it will damage your carpet. Test it out by adding a drop or two in an inconspicuous part of the carpet. If it does not harm your carpet then you are good to go. Dip a clean white cloth in some rubbing alcohol and then dab the paint stain with it. Do this for several seconds, slightly adding some pressure as you are doing so.
• If after doing this the oil-based paint still remains, get some dry cleaning solvent and apply it on an absorbent pad and then apply it onto the stain. Make sure you try it out again before using it as you don’t want to damage your carpet accidentally. Put a heavy book on top of the absorbent pad and then let it set for about thirty minutes. If after doing that some of the stain still remains, apply some more solvent onto the pad and then blot the area until you are able to remove it.
• Rinse the carpet with water to help eliminate any residue that you could leave behind. Dry it using a clean rag or towel and then you’re done.

Oil-based paint can be tough but hopefully the steps above will guide you in easily managing this problem. Make sure to keep the tips above in mind to help you out if ever you find yourself in this kind of situation.

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