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How To Remove Latex Based Paint From Carpet





To clean latex paint from synthetic carpet, follow the procedures listed below.  Begin with step one, progressing only to the next step if necessary.  Remember that you always want to use the gentlest approach to cleaning a carpet stain first.


(Begin with step 1, if the stain remains then proceed to the next step. Always test the following stain removal solutions in an inconspicuous area first to make sure they won't damage your carpet.)

Synthetic Carpet

1.  Use a detergent solution by mixing one teaspoon of clear dish washing liquid with one cup of warm water.  Make sure the water is not hot.

2.  Create an ammonia solution by mixing one tablespoon of clear household ammonia (3% solution) with 1/2 cup water. (WARNING: Never mix ammonia with chlorine bleach as it will create extremely hazardous fumes!)

3.  Use a dry cleaning solvent such as Carbona or Energine. Dry cleaning solvent should never be used on polyester.


So you've decided that it's time to change the color scheme inside your house.  It's off to Home Depot you go to purchase paint, brushes, rollers, plastic sheeting, and various other paint related goodies.

This is an activity I've enjoyed (well maybe not enjoyed so much as tolerated) over the years many many times.  And no matter how careful I think I'm being, no matter how carefully I cover my carpet and tile with plastic sheeting, I always seem to get paint on the carpet at least once.  It never fails to amaze me.  I think I'm truly the clumsiest individual on the planet.

Luckily, cleaning latex paint from carpet is pretty darn easy.  I'm usually able to remove it by simply dabbing the paint up with paper towels and removing the rest with water and a rag or two.