How to Remove Old Paint From Carpet

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Paint spills on carpet are a nasty business, especially if not caught soon enough. Fortunately, even old paint stains can be easily removed from carpet fibers using materials readily available in your household. The following will explore the process of lifting old paint stains with the use of rubbing alcohol.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubbing Alcohol Towels (both dampened with warm water and dry) Stiff-Bristled Brush

Removing Paint Stains From Your Carpet With Rubbing Alcohol

  • Initially, and most importantly, apply a small amount of alcohol to a discreet "test area," blot and allow to dry to test for color fastness.

  • Moisten the paint-stained area liberally with rubbing alcohol and allow it to sit for a few moments.

  • Rub the affected area first with a damp towel and then a dry towel to remove any excess alcohol. Repeat as necessary until the paint has been successfully cleaned out of the carpet fibers.

  • With your stiff-bristled brush, gently brush the affected area of carpet until it is consistent with the surrounding carpet.

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