Removing Dried Paint From Carpet

When removing dried paint from carpet, try using a wire brush or razor blade to scrape the fibers.

Do the following:

  • Loosen the the paint by applying WD-40 (spray lubricant that can break paint down), Goo-Gone, or a similar paint remover product. Work it into the carpet, and let sit for 10 to 20 minutes. Don't be afraid to add more remover to carpet for really "globby" paint.

    Remember - since the paint is solidly dried into the fibers themselves, you're just trying to loosen, or "break down" the paint as much as you can.

  • Take a rag, and rub the area well. See if any of the paint comes up.

  • For any remaining paint residue, try using a stout hard-bristle brush to gently scrape away paint. If that fails, use a razor blade to gently scrape the fibers of dried paint. You might actually have to cut a few fibers out of the carpet, as they could be (more accurately) "beyond repair".

    * CAUTION * Please wear protective leather work gloves when using the razor blade. (use common sense here people)

  • Clean affected area with carpet cleaner or freshener.

    Even the worst cases I've seen have been successfully treated this way. No need to patch the carpet, or spend a lot of money cleaning.

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