How to Remove Tempera Paint From Carpets

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Tempura paint can be a challenge to remove from carpets.
Tempura paint can be a challenge to remove from carpets. (Image: Paint brush and aqua paints image by PaulPaladin from Fotolia.com)

Tempera paint comes in a variety of highly pigmented colors and is a popular medium for painting arts and crafts. This paint dries quickly, which is ideal for projects but bad for carpets when the inevitable spill happens. Although carpets can withstand plenty of dirt and mud, tempera paint can cause a challenge for the one who has to clean it. If you find yourself faced with tempera paint spilled on your carpet, you will need to act quickly to resolve the stain before it sets.

Things You'll Need

  • Vinegar
  • Resolve carpet cleaner
  • White wash cloths
  • Spoon
  • Water
  • Vacuum

Scrape the paint off the carpet with a spoon if it has already dried. The scraping will cause dried chunks of paint to flake away from the carpet so they can be removed.

Blot the paint off the carpet with a washcloth or paper towel if the paint is freshly spilled and is still wet. This will help prevent the stain from spreading further on the carpet and will remove the majority of the paint.

Spray the paint with a spray bottle with white vinegar until it is wet. Blot the stain with a wash cloth. Repeat this process until the stain fades or is removed completely. Use a clean section of the cloth each time you blot to avoid spreading the stain.

Apply a cleaner such as Resolve carpet cleaner to the stain if it was not removed by the vinegar and blotting. Allow the cleaner to sit on the stain according to the manufacturer's directions. Blot the stain with a clean wash cloth.

Rinse the stained area completely by blotting it with a washcloth that has clean water on it. This process will take several blotting attempts. You will need to use a clean section of the washcloth and clean water each time you rinse.

Press a clean dry washcloth to the area once the stain has been removed to soak up any excess liquid from the carpet. You can put several heavy books on top of the cloth to help absorb liquid deep in the carpet. Remove the cloth when the carpet is dry.

Vacuum the entire carpet including the area that was stained to remove any dust or debris. Once this is complete, you will have successfully removed tempera paint from your carpets.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can try using a couple of different cleaners as needed.
  • Test any carpet stain treatments in an inconspicuous area of your carpet before using them on the stain.

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