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One of life’s mysteries is how the kids make so much mess when they’re playing. This is especially so when they are doing arts and crafts, or playing at being Picasso. No matter what precautions you take, you can bet your bottom dollar the kids will start spattering the carpet with acrylic paint. Before long, you’ll have a kaleidoscopic floor where there was once a cream carpet.

In this post we’re going to explain how to get acrylic paint out of carpet, even if the paint has gone dry and hard.

What you need to get acrylic paint out of carpet

There are three essentials to have to hand before you start the clean:

  • The right tools
  • A fair amount of effort
  • A large slice of patience

It’s easier to remove acrylic paint from any fabric if the paint is still wet. However, the likelihood is that the stain will be dry by the time you get to it. This is where the effort and patience is needed.

With these essentials in place, you can move onto the first step of how to get acrylic paint out of carpet.

Step 1: Wet vacuum the carpet

If the paint is wet, then this will be the first step. 

Use your wet vacuum and suck up as much of the paint as you can. The wetter the paint at this stage, the more you will lift.

Step 2: Soak the stained area

If the paint is dry, skip step 1 and start here, leaving the carpet to soak up the detergent for a few hours before progressing to step 3.

Using a mixture of water and laundry detergent, soak the area thoroughly.

Step 3: Scrub where necessary

There may be spots where the stain is particularly bad. Scrub these with a clean sponge. The acrylic paint will begin to lift. As it does so, rinse the sponge clean and then scrub again. This will prevent the paint becoming ingrained. A lot of patience and effort is needed during this part of the cleaning process.

Step 4: Wet vacuum again

When you have removed the acrylic paint, wet vacuum the carpet to remove all excess water.

Step 5: Dry well

Use fans to help the carpet dry quickly. It is important to make sure the carpet is completely dry, otherwise you may find you need to ask “How do I remove mold from my carpet?”

That’s it! It’s a simple solution; though the drier the paint when you start, the longer it will take to remove.

You now know how to get acrylic paint out of carpet. If there are any other cleaning issues you need help with, get in touch – we’re happy to help.

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