Painting your walls is a great way to freshen up your home and give it a nice new look.
However, it's also a process which might end up with spilt paint on your lovely carpet or paint stains all over your furniture, floor or clothes. It does seem like a lot of trouble to try and remove paint stains but fortunately, it's not impossible at all. In fact, there are certain tricks you could apply and cope with the problem much more easily than you think. Here are our tips on how to clean paint stains from different surfaces in your home and enjoy the great new look of your place, without being bothered by the presence of stains.
Remove Latex Paint Stains
When it comes to removing paint stains, it makes a difference what kind of paint you are using. Latex paint seems quite complicated to remove from different surfaces and indeed it's not the easiest thing in the world but there is a way to handle the problem and effectively remove latex paint stains.
In case you accidentally spill latex paint on your carpet, don't be worried. Follow these steps. Firstly, make sure you immediately take care of the stain and don't let it dry, since the more it sits, the more it is absorbed by the fibres of the carpet and becomes much more difficult to remove. Use a dull tool to scrape solid stains. Then apply dry spotter on the affected area and cover with a pad that will absorb the stain. If the stain still remains, use a sponge dampened in wet spotter and add a couple of drops of ammonia. Cover with a pad which is dampened in wet spotter as well. Let it sit for up to an hour and then allow it to dry. Alternatively hiring a carpet cleaner will solve your problem without any hesitation.
To remove latex paint stains from fabrics, wash the stain in hot water immediately after staining it. In case the stain is already dry, mix rubbing alcohol with water and apply it on the affected area. The solution will loosen the stain and make it easier to wash.
To remove latex paint stains from furniture, gently scrape the spill and then wipe the remaining stain with a cloth, dampened in hot soapy water. Rinse and dry with a clean cloth. In case the stain is on glass or ceramic surfaces, gently scrape the paint using a razor blade.
Remove Oil-Based Paint Stains
After identifying the type of paint, follow these tips on how to remove oil-based stains from surfaces. To remove paint stains from flooring, wipe the stain with a damp cloth immediately after spilling. Then cover it with a cloth, dampened in rubbing alcohol and let it sit for a couple of minutes. Wipe the area with a cloth, dampened in warm soapy water and rinse.
To clean oil-based paint from the carpet, make sure you don't soak the stain. Wipe with a cloth which is dampened in solvent till the stain disappears. Then use a sponge, dampened in hot soapy water to clean the area and allow it to dry.
To remove paint stains from wood or glass, scrape to remove as much of the stain as possible. Wipe with a sponge which is dampened in hot soapy water and then wipe with a dry cloth. If the stain still remains on the glass surface, let the area dry and gently scrape with a razor blade.