Getting Paint Out Of Rugs

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Eugene
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Getting Paint Out Of Rugs

Post by Eugene » Thu Nov 15, 2012 3:51 am

The five p's should stop this problem before it starts: Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance.

But if you do spill paint on an antique, Persian or Oriental rug what should you do?

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This is from Sydney's leading Persian rug cleaning company.

Acrylic Paint
1) Apply warm water and blot (do not rub)
2) Use a general carpet cleaning spotter
3) Use a dry carpet cleaning spotter

Oil Based Paint
1) Use a dry carpet cleaning spotter
2) Use a general carpet cleaning spotter
3) Absorbent Powder

So as you can see there are two totally different techniques. If you want he also sells carpet cleaning stain kits that painters can use, so it might be worthwhile if you have gumby apprentice :).
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Re: Getting Paint Out Of Rugs

Post by Pacificpainters » Fri Nov 16, 2012 3:42 am

If it is anything more then a two kick carpet you need a drop sheet... Two kicks, if the paint is still there, put a drop sheet down. :lol:

Just kidding, always put a drop sheet down

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Re: Getting Paint Out Of Rugs

Post by EdwardThirlwall » Tue Jul 22, 2014 5:23 am

I am literally cringing when I see that photo of pain on the carpet! It gives me the shivers it does! And because I've got kids at home, it really isn't a surprise that something like this is a regular occurrence! That's why I keep solvents in storage back home in Sydney. Of course with kids around, it's important to make sure some of the stuff isn't too toxic. Does anyone have ideas what might be a good kid-friendly solvent or carpet cleaner for situations like this?
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Re: Getting Paint Out Of Rugs

Post by Livos » Mon Jun 15, 2015 1:08 am

An eco friendly solvent made from natural plant based ingredients is the Livos brand Svalos #222, great for cleaning up painting tools and thinning, for carpet I would certainly recommend a test spot in an inconspicuous spot first.

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Re: Getting Paint Out Of Rugs

Post by maazbint » Wed Jun 24, 2015 5:28 am

I am working on Persian Rug and I need to clean some area I made wrong..I am hesitating to use any spray or chemical as it will remove the original rug colour. If anyone has good experience with any product, do share with me!

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Re: Getting Paint Out Of Rugs

Post by Eugene » Tue Jan 19, 2016 5:14 am

Livos wrote:An eco friendly solvent made from natural plant based ingredients is the Livos brand Svalos #222, great for cleaning up painting tools and thinning, for carpet I would certainly recommend a test spot in an inconspicuous spot first.
Great tip Livos, thanks for sharing.
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Re: Getting Paint Out Of Rugs

Post by Eugene » Wed Jul 10, 2024 4:33 am

Thought I would update this thread with some new info that I have come across that might just save you if you do spill paint on a rug.

Step 1:Identify the paint type.

Water or oil-based. As painters this shouldn't be a hard step. If you don't know what type of paint you are applying, then you should probably have bigger worries than spilling paint on a rug.

But if you are panicked and flustered, at the very least you can check the paint can or consult the manufacturer if you are really unsure.

Step 2: Test in an inconspicuous area.

Apply your chosen cleaning solution on a hidden part of the rug to check for colourfastness.

I thought this was such a simple, but brilliant tip. If there is already damage on the rug, don't make it worse by leaving a massive stain in the middle of the rug when you are testing a cleaner.

Step 3: Act Quickly.


Like so many things in life, the sooner you tackle the stain, the easier it is to remove. Blot up excess paint with a clean, absorbent cloth. Fight the tendency to rub it off the rug, you will just spread the stain and create a bigger headache.

Step 4: Choose Your Weapon.

Latex Paint: Use a solution of warm water and dish soap. Dishwashing soap helps break down the paint.
Oil-Based Paint: Get the big guns out. You'll need a stronger solvent like rubbing alcohol or mineral spirits. Caution: These solvents can be harsh, so ensure proper ventilation and test in a hidden area first.

Step 5: Blot, Don't Scrub:
Apply your chosen cleaning solution to a clean cloth and blot the stain repeatedly. Work from the outside inwards to prevent spreading. Rinse the cloth frequently and switch to a clean one as the paint transfers.

Step 6: Rinse and Repeat.
Once the paint seems lifted, rinse the area with clean water. Blot with a clean, dry cloth to absorb excess moisture. Repeat steps 2-4 if necessary.

Step 7: Dry Completely.
Allow the rug to air dry completely out of direct sunlight. You can speed up drying by placing a clean, absorbent towel on the area and weighing it down.

Of note, there are many different types of rugs and carpets. The different materials used to make the rug also require different cleaning techniques.
So as a heads-up, for delicate wool or silk rugs, use a mild detergent solution and consult a professional cleaner for tougher stains. Harsh chemicals can damage these materials.

Remember, the key is to act quickly and choose the appropriate cleaning method for your specific paint and rug type.

If everything goes pear-shaped and you need to call in the pros, then I have a recommendation that I am happy to share.

Lachlan at Oriental Rug Care in Sydney is the leading rug cleaning Sydney expert and is a dead-set legend. His team provides cost-effective rug maintenance solutions that you can rely on. Whether you have damaged an expensive customer's rug or you just want to give your own personal Persian rug a clean, they are the team you can trust to get the job done right the first time.

I know they operate in Sydney, I don't know if they provide a delivery or shipping rug cleaning service if you are in a different region, but you could give them a call. Here are their details:

Oriental Rug Care Australia (Sydney Rug Cleaning)
Phone: 1300 310 410
Address: 23 Shepherd St, Marrickville NSW 2204
Website: https://orientalrugcare.com.au/

Hope that helps and happy painting.

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