How To Get Oil-Based Paint Out Of Carpet (Step-by-Step Guide)

How To Get Oil-Based Paint Out Of Carpet

If there’s one thing I hate having in my apartment, it’s a light carpet. Carpets seem to be naturally attracted to stains, especially when you are a fan of painting and markers. Oil-based painting has been the bane of my carpet for ages, but it seems like there might be a good chance of having a stain there for the ages. Recently, I found a good way to remove this type of paint from my carpeting…

Remove as much of the excess paint as you can get off the carpet, then add turpentine to let the stain break up. Keep blotting the stain with turpentine until the majority of paint is removed. After that, sponge it down with hand sanitizer. Make a detergent solution, then use a white cloth to sponge away any paint remnants that are left.

Getting paint out of your carpet is going to be something that requires a lot of patience. If you want to keep your carpet looking somewhat decent after an oil-based paint spill, keep reading this guide.

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Can You Get Oil-Based Paint Out Of Any Carpet?

In theory, you might be able to get paint out of any carpet. However, many carpets will not be able to handle the harsh chemicals required in removing oil-based paint. If you have a carpet that is made from wool or other turpentine-sensitive materials, you should call a professional cleaning service instead.

Before You Try To Clean Your Carpet…

Due to the chemicals that are being used in this cleaning method, you will need to make sure that you do things the right way. Otherwise, you could get sick or you could permanently wreck your carpet. To make sure you’re doing everything correctly, follow these steps first:

  • Make sure that your area is well-ventilated. Turpentine fumes are pretty terrible and can easily irritate eyes and lungs. Open up a window and make sure young children and pets are not nearby.
  • Do a spot test first. Try to do a spot test in an area that is not easily visible, so that you will be able to avoid seriously damaging your carpet if things don’t go right.
  • Check your carpet’s material. Turpentine and other harsh chemicals have no business being around silk or wool. Contact a pro if you have an “exotic” carpet.

How Effective Is This Stain-Removing Method?

Honestly, it’s pretty good. Most moderate paint tints can get lifted out of carpeting without too much hassle. However, if you have a white carpet and a dark paint hue, you might still have some residue left over. It’s worth a gambit in most cases.

How Much Does Professional Carpet Cleaning Cost?

This all depends on the number of rooms as well as the materials that you are going to be cleaning. Most carpet cleaning companies are going to charge you between $50 to $150 a pop, depending on the material that’s being cleaned as well as the age of the stain you’re trying to remove. 

How To Remove An Oil-Based Paint Stain On A Carpet

Now that we have gotten the basics down, it’s time to get a fully detailed plan on how you can lift the stain from your carpet. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Use a postcard to scoop up any excess paint. Make sure to avoid blotting it or scrubbing it, as this may actually spread the paint.
  2. Grab a bottle of turpentine and add it to the stain. Blot and tamp the stain using a rag. You should see the paint thin out and transfer to the rag. Try to avoid adding too much, since this can actually unglue the backing of your carpet.
  3. Continue to dab at the stain until the majority of paint has been removed. You might need to switch rags if the rags start to become too paint-heavy. Keep blotting until you hit a plateau in stain removal.
  4. Once most of the paint has been removed, tamp the area with hand sanitizer. The stuff you carry around in your bag is good enough here.
  5. Stir one tablespoon of dish soap with two cups of cool water. Keep this in a small bowl, and grab a white cloth.
  6. Dip the white cloth into the dish soap mixture, and use it to dab onto the carpet. This should start to soak up the remainder of the liquid on the floor.
  7. Keep blotting until the sponge no longer picks up any additional paint. This can take a while.
  8. Grab a sponge and blot the stain with cold water. Then, grab another rag and blot it dry. If you don’t feel like blotting, then you can also use a blow dryer or a fan to help dry things out.

What Should You Do If The Paint Has Dried On The Carpet?

If you want to get rid of an old oil-based paint stain, you still might have a shot. You can still apply turpentine to the affected area. If you’re low on ‘turps, then you can also use methylated spirits to help break apart the paint. Many people find that it can help to give it time to soak in.

Can You Use White Spirit On Carpet?

White spirit might be usable on certain types of canvases, but you should never use it on a carpet. White spirit, much like nail polish remover, can permanently discolor and damage carpet fibers. Avoid using it unless you are open to re-dyeing your carpet. Even then, you might still run the risk of ruining the carpet fibers.

Using WD-40 As A Paint Remover

Believe it or not, you can use WD-40 as a paint remover on your carpet too. This can be a gentler way to clean off your carpet and may be suited for people who have carpets with luxury items. To do this, follow these steps below after completing a spot test:

  1. Remove any excess paint you can using a razor. This is a must before you do anything else. If you can, try to scrape away small portions of the rug that might be beyond repair. You can’t always fix things!
  2. Apply the WD-40 to the affected area. Work it in with a white rag and let it settle in for 20 minutes.
  3. Scrub the area hard. Add dishwashing detergent to clean the carpet area surrounding it.
  4. Dry off the area. Once you have the entire stain lifted, you will be able to let your carpet dry.
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Related Questions

What is the best stain remover for carpets that are stained due to heavy traffic?

If you have a carpet that’s been suffering from heavy traffic, your best bet is to grab some Woolite. The ingredients in Woolite help restore carpeting and other woolly fabrics to their former fluffiness, giving you the texture that people love. If you can’t afford to do that, a quick steam cleaning will often do wonders.

Does WD-40 remove other carpet stains as well?

WD-40 might be considered to be a standard lubricant, but it can do so much more. If you have a carpet stain that involves an oil-based stain, then there’s a good chance that WD-40 will be able to lift up and loosen the stain. To see if it works on the stuff that stained your carpet, it’s best to do a spot test.

How do you get the smell of turpentine out of your carpet?

While turpentine can be a great cleaner for oil paint stains, the truth is that most people hate working with it due to the smell. Thankfully, there’s a quick way to get the smell out of your carpet in a pinch. Once you’re done lifting the stain out of the carpet, sprinkle a little baking soda on the wet area and then run a vacuum cleaner over it.

The baking soda will absorb and neutralize the smell almost instantly. The vacuum cleaner will help lift up all the absorbed mess and will reduce the appearance of baking soda on your carpet. If you have a particularly acute sense of smell, opening up a nearby window can help.

Ossiana Tepfenhart

Ossiana Tepfenhart is an expert writer, focusing on interior design and general home tips. Writing is her life, and it's what she does best. Her interests include art and real estate investments.

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