Apply a little amount of mild dish soap to the damp area. Scrub the area with a stiff-bristled scrub brush until the water and dish soap have combined to form a light lather. Scrub until the paint stain starts to disappear. To remove tough stains, use an upright or portable carpet cleaner. Insert the nozzle into the stain and pull it back slowly. Turn on the machine and let it work its magic for several minutes before moving it around to other areas of the carpet.
If you want to be really thorough, repeat this process after each washing cycle with cold water. This will help loosen up any remaining dirt that may be trapped in the fibers of your carpet.
Carpet stains can be difficult to remove without leaving a residue behind, but with a little patience and know-how, most stains can be cleaned up. If you're looking to clean your own carpet, try our recipe for tomato sauce: Mix one part tomato sauce with three parts water and pour over the carpet to soak overnight. The next day, rinse the mixture off with cold water and vacuum up any residual material.
You should also ask yourself whether this is a job for which you need to hire a professional. A carpet cleaning company uses equipment designed for this purpose and knows how to use it safely. They will also be able to reach spots you cannot get to yourself.
Using a dull knife, scrape away any wet paint. Blot the stain with a clean cloth dampened with paint thinner. After you've removed all of the paint, rinse the area and spot treat with dish soap or laundry detergent. Launder the clothes as usual and repeat the spot treatment as needed. When dry, apply another coat of paint.
Paint can also be peeled off of clothing. Scuff up the surface first to help start the process then use fine-grit sandpaper or steel wool to remove the top layer of paint. You can continue scraping away at the exposed wood until it's completely bare or you can use tinted paint remover to loosen stubborn stains. Rinse the area thoroughly before washing the clothes again.
If you're lucky enough to have old furniture that is painted solid color, then removing the paint is as simple as stripping wallpaper. For newer furniture, however, this method won't work because most real estate agents will refuse to sell you a house if they see any signs of stripping. You'll need to hire a professional painter for this job.
Finally, if you want to reuse some of the pieces of furniture, you'll need to reupholster or find other uses for them. Be sure to wear protective gear such as gloves and eye protection when working with paints.
Soak the affected area. Combine hot water and a little bit of dish soap in a small basin. Pour some of the solution carefully onto the stain, allowing the soapy water to seep into and soften the dried paint. Rinse the area with clean water and then blot with a soft cloth to remove any remaining soap.
If the spot is large or deep, pour a half-and-half mixture of hot water and dish soap over it and let it sit for 10 minutes before rinsing as above. Repeat with new supplies of warm water and soap if necessary.
Use a gentle cleaner on unaffected areas of the carpet to restore its original color.
Warm water and a teaspoon of mild dish detergent should be combined. Blot the stain to remove the majority of the excess, working from the outside in. Once the paint has been removed, allow the area to dry before vacuuming over it. Scrape off as much of the dried paint as possible from hardwood or linoleum. Use a fine-tooth metal brush for this task.
If the spot isn't out after blotting with a warm, wet cloth, try rubbing it in a circular motion with an oily rag. Be sure to test a small, inconspicuous area first to make sure you don't rub away some of the finish. If that happens, start over again!
Finally, if all else fails, use some household items such as ammonia, muriatic acid, or white vinegar to get rid of those stubborn stains.