In this article, we will look at how to wash acrylic paint at home on carpets and other surfaces.
No matter how carefully the repair is carried out, stains can get or leak on your furniture, floor, or even things. Now acrylic paint has become very popular, which is much better than the old analog, but sometimes it leaves spots. Of course, it is much easier to remove fresh paint, but with old dried spots, you need to Tinker a little. And we will talk about such minor secrets and tricks in this material.
Get acrylic paint
Acrylic paint is a water-soluble, non-toxic, and quick-drying paint that can be used in many areas of human activity.
Important: Acrylic paint is water-based, so it is much easier to clean than its oil-based counterpart.
- Depending on whether the acrylic paint stain is fresh or already dried, there are two options for cleaning the surface. Wet acrylic paint is much easier to remove than the dried version, which is quite logical. In many cases, fresh paint can simply be wiped off with a piece of cloth.
- If you see the spot after a few minutes, it is enough to wash it with plain water, but only in a warm state. It will take a little more of your effort to wipe it off, or use a kitchen sponge with a hard layer.
- Today’s spot that managed to stand a little (but no more than 1 hour), you need to soak with warm water. To do this, you can simply pour water on the desired place and leave for 30 minutes. For soft objects, you need to wet the Terry section well and attach it to the contaminated area. After that, it is also just a good wipe.
- Remember – the longer the paint will stand, the more difficult it will be to wash it. Therefore, a stain that has stood for more than 30 minutes and up to 2 hours will already need to be removed with alcohol. Also, apply a small amount of alcohol to a cotton wool or fabric piece and apply it to the spot. Wait a few seconds and wipe. But keep in mind that not all surfaces react calmly to contact with alcohol.
How to get dried acrylic paint out of carpet
For spots that have stood for more than a day, you will need to use special washes for acrylic paint.
These flushes are sold in any hardware store. And they are famous for their ability to remove even the most polluted places or dried paint.
Arm yourself with this list of suitable substances:
- kerosene that will wash away even the oldest stain in a few minutes;
- a special liquid for removing varnish, but it is better to take acetone-based;
- water-based paint wash;
- powerful white spirit, which is able to not only old acrylic stains but even traces of oil paints.
Important: You should not remove the paint from the skin with such aggressive means, because they will very much dry the dermis. If ordinary soap and water did not help, then use baby oil or any other cosmetic oil that you need to RUB into the skin with a cotton swab, gradually removing the stain. Sometimes you need to wait a bit for the reaction to start.
Remove acrylic from the fabric
No one is immune to stains on things. And, despite the fact that acrylic paint is made on a water basis, it is still more difficult to remove it from fabric surfaces. After all, any fabric consists of fibers, which create the material. And well they absorb between them the remains of paint.
The first thing you need to do is to treat the spots before the film layer is formed. When the acrylic paint is still wet, it can be removed very quickly and easily using the under-tap flushing technique. And for the best result, try to rinse things as quickly as possible in the fast mode of the washing machine.
To remove dried acrylic paint on clothing, follow these steps:
- soak the soiled cloth in an alcohol solution. More precisely, place a cotton pad soaked in alcohol on the spot itself. Use the same cotton wool to wipe off the stain after 10-15 minutes. If necessary, scrape off the top layer with a knife, and then walk again with alcohol. In the end, just carefully stretch the thing;
- instead of an alcohol solution, you can use acetone to remove nail Polish or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Also be careful with delicate fabrics, such as silk. You can’t RUB these things too hard. Also, keep in mind that colored items can change color, so watch out for this when wiping paint;
- ordinary dishwashing detergent can also help, which will not react so aggressively to the structure and color of things. Just fill the stain completely with it and leave it for 3 hours. You can periodically RUB the product well, and then just wash it;
- alternatively, in an emergency, hairspray will work perfectly. Just spray the area well and wipe off the paint with a cotton ball after 10-20 minutes;
- folk remedy based on ammonia, salt, and vinegar will cope even with a dried spot. To do this, mix the components in equal proportions and apply to the stain. After 5-10 minutes RUB well with the hard side of the sponge;
- in extreme cases, use the above paint washes. They need to be applied with a cotton pad or cloth for 15-20 minutes. Stains will come off easily, but you will need to wash things with a double portion of powder and with a double rinse.
Important: Wear gloves only. After all, the paint will not be imprinted on the hands, and aggressive substances can not only dry the skin, but also cause even minor skin injuries.
How to remove acrylic paint from a carpet
Of course, before you carry out painting work, you should remove all the carpet so as not to stain them. But there are different situations. It may happen that a new expensive carpet or even carpet will be damaged by acrylic paint. Do not be upset, you need to take measures without delay to preserve the beauty of the carpet.
- Fresh paint only needs to be blotted with a paper towel. Do not RUB the product into the carpet in any case! Otherwise, the paint will only penetrate deeper.
- Then use the same paper towel or cotton ball dipped in glycerine to blot the remaining paint. This should be done until all the pigment is gone.
- Soak the painted area with alcohol. Make sure it is completely absorbed and leave it on for 5 minutes. This will allow time to start the effect of weakening the paint. Start wiping the area with a paper towel. Do not RUB the paint on clean areas of the carpet when you wipe the stain, and try to keep it in one place, moving to the center.
- Continue wiping until the paint disappears. Before removing all the paint, it may take two or three soaks.
- Clean the area with a carpet cleaner. Remove fresh traces of the stain or scrape off the dried layer. After that, using a regular carpet cleaner on the painted area, RUB them well on the desired area. When the carpet is dry, the stain should disappear.
- Approximately the same principle will work and any detergent, for example, for dishes. Dilute it in equal proportion with water and just blot the spot with a sponge. Make sure that there is not much water, otherwise, the pigment will only spread out over a large area.
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Remove acrylic paint from wood, floor, walls, or plastic
Be sure to take care to protect your hands and respiratory tract. Especially if you work with chemicals or too flavorful substances. It also does not hurt to ensure proper ventilation. Better yet, direct the fan towards the window so that the fumes are carried out of the window.
- You need to lift the paint with a pointed tool. Since wood often has a shiny finish, and plastic is very vulnerable, it is better to use the selection method before resorting to chemicals. Use a sharp knife to gently loosen the edge of the paint spot, and try to lift it up.
- You can try to wash the dried paint with a soap solution, adding a little strong detergent. This is one of the most optimal options that will allow you to wash the paint and not damage the coating. To do this, simply moisten the sponge and RUB the contaminated area well.
- You can also use an alcohol solution (alcohol is replaced with acetone or an alcohol-based disinfectant). Dip the edge of a cotton tourniquet or paper towel into the solution. Then carefully wipe the paint spot, trying not to RUB it all over the surface, and concentrate in one place.
- If the paint has already dried, remove the top layer with a scraper. This can be a spatula, a dish knife, a paint scraper, or even the edge of a shovel if there is a large area. If it does not yield, then moisten it a little with plain warm water. Cover with a cloth and leave for a while.
- For plastic, any wiper is perfect, even a banal spray for Windows. It should be sprayed on the contaminated area, and after 15-20 minutes, RUB well with a sponge.
- Perfectly copes with any type of paint, especially acrylic, construction hairdryer. It should be directed to the spot and wait for the pigment to heat up. Then you need to remove the top layer with a spatula and wipe it with a damp cloth. This method is very well suited even for painted walls or wallpaper.
- Very well helps to fight much dirt and even paint stains ordinary baking soda. It should be sprinkled liberally on the paint and covered with a damp cloth. Then RUB well with a sponge and wipe dry.
- Vinegar can be used as a sparing agent for any coatings. To do this, it is diluted in water (if the spot is fresh) or simply fill in the contaminated area. After 10 minutes, wipe everything well with a rag.
- For stains for a period of 24 hours or more, when folk remedies can no longer cope, then use any solvent that we indicated at the beginning. You need to wet cloth, for example, in kerosene or spirit. Apply for a few minutes (depending on the age of the stain) and RUB well with a sponge. Simply wash off any remaining residue with a damp cloth.
How to get acrylic paint from furniture
If it happens that your chair, sofa, or favorite chair has been stained with acrylic paint, you need to wipe the fresh spot as soon as possible. If the paint has already dried, then you will need to make more effort to ensure that your furniture does not lose its appearance.
- For fabric surfaces, you need to use natural and gentle substances. After all, for example, alcohol or a solvent can cause a color change. Or even completely ruin the material itself. Therefore, the ideal solution is just soapy water.
- You can also use soda mush, which is simply diluted with water. Apply this mixture to the stain and RUB it well with a sponge after 15 minutes of contact.
- You can mix a drop of detergent, one tablespoon of baking soda, and a glass of water. In the end, add a spoonful of vinegar, shake well, and spray on the stain. This contact of substances will help to “pull” the pigment even from the deepest fibers.
- If there are wooden inserts, then it is not recommended to RUB them. After all, there may be scratches. In this case, you need to work with each section with different options or pass them in progressive movements.
- Just wooden furniture can be wiped with any of the above means or solvent. Or carefully use a spatula, a hard sponge, and a hairdryer.
Alternatively, you can use an iron instead of a hairdryer. Only you need to iron the surface through the foil. The paint will be imprinted, and the remains can be simply wiped with a wet sponge.