How to remove paint from carpet and other materials

Painting Pro Jun 18, 2020

We've all been there. No matter how careful you are, it seems that an unfortunate drip often ends up where it's not supposed to be. Whether you're painting a ceiling, the underside of a cupboard, or even less drip-prone areas, accidents happen - despite the best-intended drop cloths or tape jobs.


The type of paint that you spill greatly impacts how you'll go about remedying the situation when it comes to paint-meets-carpet incidents. Oil-based paint is tougher to fix, but water-based paint is more soluble, and thus can be cleaned with water. For oil-based paint, carpet cleaner and paint cleaner may both be necessary. Water-based paint (aka: latex paint) can simply be cleaned from carpet by applying hot water. A stiff-bristled brush can be used to aid in the instance of a water-based paint spill.


Perhaps you dripped some paint on a client's leather sofa. Don't panic! Grab some baby oil or cooking oil, and blot the spot with a swab until the paint comes off. For an extra touch-up, use a leather conditioner.


Painting a window and accidentally got paint on the glass pane? No sweat! Combine equal parts vinegar with hot water. Dip a rag into the solution, and rub it on the window. Don't scrub too hard at first - wait for the paint to loosen and then apply more elbow grease. If this doesn't work, use a razor blade to gently pick off the dried paint from the glass.


A metal scrub brush and some muscle should be enough to clear paint spills off of concrete, but if not, paint stripper/thinner is a good go-to solution. Be sure to open a window and use fans if the paint spill on concrete is indoors, as the paint stripper/thinner could be quite potent.


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