Carpet Stains: How To Remove Spray Paint

Face it, we all love spray paint. More times than not, it guarantees a smooth finish without the use of a primer. Spray paint can be used for a multitude of surfaces and projects. The limits you encounter when it comes to spray paint application are few and far between, so whether you are highlighting select features in your home or office space, updating old furniture, or using it for protective purposes – we have some tips for you.

Even with all of those successful attempts and projects completed, messes happen. We’ve outlined some protective measures to avoid over-spill, and some solutions you could implement should this happen. More specifically, let’s discover how to remove spray paint from floors.

What’s at stake?

Basically, any surface you didn’t want spray painted. Out of all the surfaces that could get hit, your carpet is one that should be avoided at all costs, if possible. So, the first step is to avoid the chance of over-spray. In a well-ventilated area, use a tarp to shield the areas you don’t want to be painted. Then, spray the surface with a distance of about six to eight inches. This space should allow your paint to hit the desired surface – and only the desired surface.

Removing paint from your carpet

We are aware that there are many different types of carpet, and some methods may work better than others. First and foremost, the general rule to stand by is that every carpet needs a spot test. Testing a hidden area first will avoid an even bigger mess when you’ve discovered your carpet is not only stained, but also damaged. All of these methods are applicable to both wet and dry paint.

Using a cloth or sponge, apply a small amount of paint thinner to the stain, gently blotting. Do not rub the area with force as you could potentially risk spreading the paint to other areas of the carpet or deepening the stain.

Oil-based paints can be removed with mild dish soap, as they are successful at getting through tough grease. Using a teaspoon of soap and a quart of warm water, apply the mixture with a sponge or cloth and blot the area. Once done, dry the area with a thick towel in the same motion as you cleaned the stain.

Inundate a cloth with 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, dabbing until the stain is removed. Rinse with lukewarm water in the same patting motion and then dry.

The number one thing you can do to save your favorite carpet is to act quickly. The longer the stain remains in the carpet, the more difficult it may be to remove.

If you’re looking to spray paint any surface in your home or office space – may we suggest electrostatic spray paint? With minimal coats and a professional finish – the team at Spray Finishes works on-site to give you the result you desire – the first time. Contact us today for a consultation!

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