The Artist's Guide To Carpet Cleaning

Posted on: 12 May 2015

If you've been dabbling in painting and other art projects, you've probably been laying down tarp, newsprint, and other protective covers. However, paint and art adhesives are often pesky and get on carpets anyway! Here's a look at a few different art mediums and how to get them out of your carpet.

1. Removing Oil Paint

Put a little turpentine on a cotton ball to dab the stain with. Since turpentine is flammable, use a damp washcloth of warm water over the area after the stain is picked up. If turpentine doesn't do the trick, check your oil paint's container label for a suggested solvent.

If you need to clean a larger stain and need more turpentine to clean it, make sure you have a wet-dry vacuum ready to go to soak it up; otherwise, the turpentine can seep into the carpet pad and damage the rubber backing of your carpet. Once the stain is out, let the area dry thoroughly before you lay tarp or newsprint down again.

2. Removing Gouache Paint

You'll want to dampen your stain with warm water and then apply some shaving cream over the top. Since shaving cream is just whipped soap, it will rinse more easily out of your carpet than a sudsy soap would. Let the shaving cream sit for about 15 to 20 minutes, then use a scrub brush to rub it into the stain. Lastly, use a mixture of warm water and vinegar to clean up the shaving cream. Again, use care not to soak the carpet too much; otherwise, you'll need a wet-dry vacuum to clean it up.

3. Removing Watercolor Paint

Blot the watercolor stain with a damp sponge. Make sure you use different sponges so that you don't inadvertently stain the carpet further with a dirty sponge.

If water isn't enough, apply some rubbing alcohol to a cotton ball and dab the stain. If the stain is deep, a nifty trick you can try is to set a weight on top of the cotton ball, then cover it with a mason jar. The weight will keep a good pressure on the stain and the jar will keep the cotton ball moist, so you can let the stain break-up without constant blotting. Let it sit for a few hours or overnight—as long as needed depending on the stain. Throw the cotton ball away, use a damp sponge and a dry-vacuum, then let the area dry.

4. Removing Glue

If you are doing a mixed-media project, you may have accidentally spilled some glue on the carpet. If your carpet is long and thick, let the glue harden, then use some clippers to cut the affected fibers.

If your carpet is shorter, use a mixture of warm water and distilled white vinegar to blot the stain. If the glue has hardened, you may have to really scrub to break it up.

If the water-vinegar mixture doesn't work. Put a little nail polish remover on a cotton ball and dab the stain. Since nail polish remover is flammable, you'll want to then clean the area with some dish washing liquid and warm water.

If you have multiple stains or these remedies do not work, don't hesitate to call a professional carpet cleaning service. They can remove tough stains and steam-clean your carpet. (for more information, you can contact Atlantic Carpet Care)