How To Get Acrylic Paint Out Of A Carpet: 4 Easy Methods


Spills and stains are a common, everyday household challenge. Some stains are pretty basic whereas others can be a real nightmare. The latter can be said of paint stains. Paint stains can be difficult to deal with if not well handled. However, this shouldn’t necessarily be the case. Quick response to a paint spill on your carpet along with understanding the basic properties of the aforesaid paint goes a long way in ensuring that the resulting stain isn’t permanent. This article is aimed at exploring the various ways on how to get acrylic paint out of a carpet.


The Basics Of Acrylic Paint

Acrylic paint is a type of fast-drying, water-soluble paint that is made up of pigments suspended in an acrylic polymer emulsion. Upon drying, acrylic paints become water-resistant. The first acrylic paints were developed as early as 1940 by the German Chemical manufacturing company BASF. Acrylic paints are marketed and sold as latex house paints. The kicker however is, there is no actual latex in latex paint.

Instead, synthetic polymers that mimic the appearance of natural latex but with a totally different chemical composition from the base of the paint. This property of acrylic paint is especially useful to people who experience natural latex allergies and associated medical conditions.

How To Get Acrylic Out Of The Carpet With 4 Methods

As nasty as paint spills on a carpet are, acrylic paints are luckily easier to remove. The catch, however, is that they are fast drying and will, therefore, require you to act fast. As mentioned, acrylic paints are water soluble but become water-resistant once they are dry. Check out some ways you can get rid of acrylic paint on your carpet below;

Method 1: Using Scraping, Blotting, And Brushing

This method entails basically scooping up the acrylic paint using a blunt object such as the back end of a knife’s blade or a spoon. In between scoops, it is recommended that you wipe the implement being used to avoid spreading the paint.

Step 1: Using dry paper towels or highly absorbent fabrics, blot out the paint using gentle motions. The aim here is to absorb as much of the paint as you possibly can. Start blotting the paint spill’s edges to prevent it from spreading. Avoid rubbing the paint spill while blotting as this could further drive the acrylic paint into the carpet’s fabric leaving a nasty stain.

Step 2: After all the wet paint has been absorbed, allow the remaining layer of acrylic paint to dry. This shouldn’t take long. Using a blunt implement, break up the dry paint surface while being careful not to damage the fabric underneath. At this point, use a stiff brush to remove pieces of the dried paint. Brush horizontally as the smaller particles may be driven deeper into the carpet fabric.

Step 3: Vacuum the area to lift away any specks of dry paint. Repeat the brushing procedure then vacuum until all traces of the acrylic paint have disappeared.

Method 2: Alcohol, Glycerine And Soap Technique

Step 1: First, blot the excess paint from the spill area using dry paper towels or highly absorbent fabric. In the case of a large spill, scoop and scrape off the paint using a spoon or a blunt knife.

Step 2: On a fresh piece of cloth, pour out some alcohol and proceed to blot the area of the stain with the wet cloth. The alcohol loosens up the paint allowing the cloth to absorb it. Repeat the procedure until most of the paint has been absorbed.

Step 3: Using a set of separate clean pieces of cloth, pour out some glycerin. Rub the area of the spill with the glycerin-wet cloth and allow the glycerin to sit for a while.

Step 4: After about an hour, pour up a soap solution on the area and lather up. Steam vacuums the area. After you’re done, the carpet should be as good as new.

Method 3: Using Acetone And Spot Cleaner

Acetone is exceptionally good at removing stains. However, it is important to first ascertain that no damage will result from its use on the carpet fabric. Test the acetone on a small section of the carpet and if no color damage is observed, you are clear to proceed.

Step 1: For larger spills, scoop off the excess paint using a blunt implement. Afterward, dampen a clean piece of cloth with acetone. Alternatively, you can use a dropper to apply the acetone directly onto the acrylic paint spot. The acetone, in essence, lifts the paint from the carpet fibers.

Step 2: The spill will appear to get messier but don’t worry it’ll get better after every repeated blotting action using the dampened cloth. There are a few safety precautions when using acetone, of course, one being you should ensure you have gloves and a mask on and that windows are open.

Step 3: Avoid pouring acetone directly from the container as this may cause the stain to go deeper into the carpet.

Step 4: After the paint stained has begun to recede, use the spot remover to finish the job. Spray onto the paint spill the remover and scrub using a toothbrush. The remover should foam up.

Step 5: Leave in the foam for a while before steam vacuuming. The spot should be as good as new.

Method 4 : Using Soap And Vinegar

Scrape off excess paint using a blunt tool such as a paint removal tool or a spoon if the spill is large. Make a soap solution using warm water and a brand of mild soap of choice. Soak a sponge or a piece of cloth in the soap solution and dab the area of the spill. Acrylic paints are basically water soluble.

Step 1: Wring the sponge or cloth every time you lift the absorbed paint. You could incorporate a toothbrush to scrub the affected area. Lift off as much of the paint as you can.

Step 2: Afterward, apply a solution of dilute vinegar onto the working area. A point worth noting is that some types of dyes used on fabrics may react with the acetic acid in vinegar. Test a small part of the carpet with dilute vinegar before commencing this step.

Step 3: Using a dry piece of cloth or paper towel, blot the area. Afterward, the stain should be gone and your carpet should be sparkly clean.


Carpets are most people’s favorite household tapestries no doubt. They are so clean and neat looking when new but let’s face it, it doesn’t usually last. From time to time, you will make a mess or someone else will.

Pets perhaps will be the culprit but hey, who’s judging? The tough part is restoring your carpet’s lost glory and that is the challenge. Knowing how to get rid of a stain is one thing and actually doing it well is another. In the case of acrylic paint spills, you need not worry. They are the easiest to deal with but take caution, and they’re also tricky to handle. One wrong method and you might as well throw the whole thing out.

I hope you enjoyed reading this guide as much as I did writing it. The methods herein have excellent results. Leave a comment or suggestion in the spaces provided below. All the best as you try the best method on how to get acrylic paint out of the carpet.

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Jose A. Brown is a mechanic engineer and an enthusiastic blogger whose mission is to provide the readers with the best tips, guides in the Home Improvement, DIY Project, and Industry.

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