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How To Remove Oil Based Paint From Carpet





To clean oil based 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 Alcohol or methylated spirits mineral turpentine.

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

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


Having an artist in the family, we deal with oil based paint on carpet quite often.  This is one of those spills that sounds like it would be terribly difficult to remove from carpet but usually turns out to not be that bad.  You do want to deal with it as quickly as possible.  You don't want to allow the paint to set in the carpet.

The obvious solution to this problem is to put newspapers underneath your easel when painting, but no serious artist is going go through the hassle of laying down new paper every day.  Unfortunately not everyone can afford their own artist's studio with concrete floors.  If you have a budding artist in the family you're going to become very proficient at removing paint from carpet.