how to remove paint (wet or dry) from carpetThere are a number of ways that paint could end up in your carpet. Maybe you’re painting the walls and a bit spilled onto your carpet. Maybe your child got a little too carried away while painting a picture and now you have a Jackson Pollock painting on your floors. Whatever the source of the paint in your carpets, it can seem like an impossible stain to treat. Luckily, our carpet cleaning experts have tips to help you remove it, whether it’s wet or dry. 

How To Remove Wet Paint on Carpet

If you happen to catch the paint while it’s wet, you are in a good position to be able to fully remove it.

The most important thing to remember while treating wet paint is to NOT rub the stain. This will only push the paint deeper into the fibers of your carpet and make it harder to remove instead, you want to gently soak up the paint with a towel. Gently blot at the stain, and switch out the towel when it becomes saturated. Once you have soaked up as much as you can, move on to the next step.

It’s unlikely that you will be able to remove all of the paint while it’s wet, but you will be able to remove a lot. Once you’ve done all you can with a towel, let the paint dry overnight. The reason is that messing with wet paint is likely to make it set deeper into your carpets instead of removing. Once it is dry, you can move onto the next section to remove it completely.

How To Remove Dry Paint From Carpet

If your carpet stain has dried overnight, now you can move on to these options. Make sure that the stain is completely dry, as paint might dry on top but still be wet underneath. If that’s the case you’ll just rub wet paint into your carpet and make it much more difficult to remove. Each stain is different and you might have success with one of these methods and not another, so have patience and try them until you find something that does work.

  1. Start by simply using a rag to vigorously scrub the stain (again, make sure it’s completely dry before attempting this!). You should see bits of dried paint come off in pieces. Once the stain is removed, vacuum over the area to remove the paint flecks.
  2. Use a knife or razor blade to pick off the chunks of dried paint. If you go this route, be sure to take great care not to cut your carpet. It goes without saying that this should only be attempted by an adult. 
  3. Try nail polish remover on the spot. Nail polish remover can be purchased cheaply at a drug store. Use a brush or towel to gently dab it onto the dried paint. Avoid using too much remover, as this can eat away at the adhesive on the back of your carpet. You will slowly see the paint stain begin to fade. Repeat this process until the stain is gone, then go over the area with a wet rag to remove the remover. Don’t let it sit in your carpet. 
  4. Try WD-40, which works well at breaking down tough stains like dried paint. Spray the affected area with the WD-40 then let it sit for about 25 minutes. After, gently dab the area with a rag, rinse it with water, then vacuum.
  5. If all of these methods are unsuccessful, you need to call in professional help. A carpet cleaning expert like North American Chem-Dry will be able to remove or minimize the spot for you. 


Spilled paint doesn’t need to stay in your carpet forever! We wish you the best of luck in removing all of your carpet stains so you can enjoy a clean home.