Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Works for Me Wednesdays - Getting Paint out of Carpet

Yeah, ask me how I know this one.

We’re in the middle of several painting projects, and they’re not going so smoothly. I normally love painting, but lately? Not so much.

We are painting our dining room a rusty reddish-orangish color. Like my technical description? It’s actually called Paprika, but you just need to know that it’s a dark red color. And of course, the carpet in there is a light beige.

It was almost midnight and I had one more little area to go when the dreaded mistake happened. When I went to refill my brush, it fell out of my hands and landed smack-dab in the middle of our dining room. On the cream colored carpet. It was one of those slow motion moments where you know it’s happening and you can’t do anything to stop it.

Now, I must point out that we were not painting recklessly. We had plastic drop cloths down all around the room, but of course the one spot I dropped my brush had nothing underneath it.

But guess what? Here’s my tip to share…

If you take approximately 1 teaspoon of dishwasher detergent (I used Cascade) and mix it with 1 C. of warm water, it will take all your paint stains out! It takes awhile, but just keep blotting until all the paint is gone. Just be sure to work from the outside in, so you don’t spread the color further.

Red paint on the cream carpet? Completely gone! This worked so well for me that even I can’t tell where the paint was. And that’s a bright spot that I just had to share!

2 comments:

Mom said...

Did you really post this at 6:00 AM? What's up with that!!???

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