How to Remove Enamel Paint From Carpet

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How to Remove Enamel Paint From Carpet
Enamel paint dries hard and glossy. (Antique Restored Stove image by DSL from

Enamel paint dries hard and leaves a glossy finish. Because it is durable and washable, it is often used in kitchens, bathrooms, on appliances and other other surfaces that are frequently handled and used. Despite your best efforts to keep the paint on what you are painting, accidents happen. If you spill enamel paint on the carpet, your best chance at removal is immediate action.

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Things you need

  • White towels
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Water
  • Bowl

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  1. 1

    Blot any excess enamel paint with a white cloth or paper towels. Do not use anything with prints or colours. The colour may transfer to the carpet. Also, do not rub the paint. You could spread it on the carpet, making the stain bigger.

  2. 2

    Mix 1/4 teaspoon of liquid dish soap with one cup of warm water in a bowl, and wet a white cloth with the solution.

  3. 3

    Dab the stain with the wet cloth. Start at the edges and work your way into the middle of the stain. Continue dabbing at the stain until it is lifted from the carpet. Depending on the size of the stain, you may need to re-wet the cloth or use another cloth.

  4. 4

    Rinse the spot with cold water to remove the cleaning solution. Blot it dry with a dry cloth.

Tips and warnings

  • If the dish soap and water do not remove the stain, repeat Step 3 with turpentine, then continue with Step 4.
  • Always test the cleaning solution on an inconspicuous spot on the carpet to ensure it will not damage or change the colour of the carpet.
  • If the paint is already dry, apply paint thinner or turpentine to it, then proceed from Step 3.
  • When using turpentine or paint thinner, make sure the area is well ventilated.

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