How to Remove Latex Paint from Carpet

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That "oops" you heard during that painting project in the other room is bad news - latex paint can ruin a carpet. Act fast or you may have to permanently place a potted plant in that stained spot.

  • Remove as much wet paint as you can by blotting with a clean, white, absorbent cloth; work from the outside in to avoid spreading the stain.

  • Sponge with cool water and blot again (still from the outside in) until you've removed as much paint as you can.

  • Mix one teaspoon mild dishwashing detergent in a cup of lukewarm water.

  • Blot with detergent solution solution, using a clean, white cloth, working from the outside in.

  • Let the area dry completely and vacuum.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you've allowed a latex paint stain to dry, contact a professional carpet cleaning service to see if it can remove the stain. You may have to live with it.

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