How to Get Paint Off Carpet: Quick Tips to Remove And Clean

Paint brush and paint on carpet
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Accidents happen, so how to get paint off carpet is a must-know for regular DIYers. It doesn’t matter how careful you are, paint can still get on the carpet. You might drop your brush or roller and see it roll off the dust sheets. Your pet can knock over an opened tin, or you may get paint on the sole of your shoe and tread it onto clean carpet elsewhere in the home.

Ideally you want to tackle the paint when it's wet. If your painting a wall and an accident happens, stop and start cleaning straight away if you can. This isn’t always a practical option, which means you will have to deal with the problem later when the paint has dried. But be warned this is more difficult to remove.

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.