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Video:How to Remove Paint Stains

with Debbie Anderson

Have you ever stepped back to admire your new paint job, only to realize you also added color to a few unintended items, like your couch? Find out how to remove those scary paint stains from your rug, furniture, and clothes.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Remove Paint Stains

Hi, I'm Debbie Anderson for About.com Home! When doing any kind of paint job around the house, paint stain accidents can happen. The golden rule is to always wipe away any unwanted paint drippings with a damp cloth as soon as the paint spills onto an undesired surface. However, if this isn't possible, it's handy to know how to repair the damage. So, today I'm going to show you some surprisingly easy tips for emergency paint stain removal.

Supplies Needed to Remove Paint Stains

For the following paint stain tips, you will need:
  • a pair of vinyl gloves
  • liquid dishwashing detergent
  • water
  • a toothbrush
  • a few clean dry clothes
  • a bottle of rubbing alcohol
  • hairspray
  • paint thinner

Remove Paint From Carpet

Paint stains on carpet can be difficult to remove, but so long as the stain is still wet, paint stains on carpet will most likely lift from the carpet.

For smaller paint stains that are still damp, use a clean dry cloth to quickly apply warm water and liquid detergent to the stained area. Slowly work the soapy water into the stain in a small circular motion - working your way from the outside of the stain inward. Once the stain is removed, lightly dab the area with a clean dry cloth and allow the carpet to dry before walking on it.

Take Paint Stains Off Clothing

For paint stains on clothes garments, first, wet the stained surface with warm water. Once the area is wet, pour a generous amount of rubbing alcohol directly onto the paint and vigorously scrub the paint stained area with a toothbrush. Slowly work the alcohol into the stain until the paint begins to break apart from the fabrics surface. Rinse the garment with warm water. Repeat this process until the stain has disappeared.

If the stain refuses to budge, spray the stained area with hairspray and continue to scrub the stain with a toothbrush. Once the stain has lifted, immediately machine-wash the garment on a regular wash cycle.

Removing Paint From Furniture

Finally, for paint spills on furniture, always try to wipe off the paint with a clean damp cloth as soon as the stain is created. If however the paint has dried to the furniture's surface, after putting on your vinyl gloves, gently apply a small amount of paint thinner to the affected area with a clean dry cloth. Lightly rub the area in a slow circular motion until the stain lifts completely from the furniture surface.

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