How to Clean Paint Out of Carpets

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Paint is used in many homes for a variety of reasons. Some people use coloring and drawing as a hobby. However, when it comes to changing the look of a room and redecorating your home, pigment is one of the most popular ways to accomplish that. Since the color of the walls, as well as the color of the carpeting, can totally alter the appearance of a room, most everyone at one time or another, will color the walls in the home. There are some precautions you can use to avoid spilling paint on the carpet such as using a drop cloth or plastic mats to protect the rug if it is wall to wall and bonded to the floor. Even when being careful as possible, accidents do happen. Luckily, there are ways to clean pigment out of carpets, so your rug is not entirely ruined. If you accidentally spill color on the rug, the first step you need to take is to figure out what kind of pigment you are using. There are water based paints and oil based paints that are available on the market to redecorate your walls with. There are different methods to remove the color from your carpets depending on which type of pigment you are using. Water Based Paint If you do happen to spill water based paint on the carpet, there is a relatively straightforward technique you can use to clean the stain. Be sure to act immediately because you don't want to give the color any time to dry and set on the carpet. Use a tool to scrape as much of the pigment from the carpet as possible, being careful not to spread the color into a larger stain. Use a damp sponge to remove any excess pigment that hasn't been cleaned up by the scraper tool. Put a clean, dry spotter cloth over the area to soak up the rest of the stain. Once the stain is totally removed, rinse the carpet with warm water. Allow the area to dry thoroughly. Oil Based Paint If the color that you spill on the carpet happens to be oil based, then you have to use a process that is a bit different from cleaning water based paint from the rug. It is a bit more difficult to remove oil based paint from the carpet, but it can still be done. First, read the pigment container to see if there are any recommendations for which type of paint thinner would work best for that specific type of color. If there aren't any recommendations, then use turpentine, as this works well for removing oil based paints. Apply the turpentine to the area and soak it up with a clean, dry spotter cloth. Once the stain is removed, rinse the area with warm water, and allow it to dry. If you wish to redecorate your home by coloring the walls and some pigment makes its way onto your carpet, all is not lost. Your carpet will look fantastic once again if you try these methods.

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