September 22, 2006, Newsletter Issue #157: Oil Paint on Carpet

Tip of the Week

Before employing any chemicals for cleaning carpet stains caused by oil paint, first test in a hidden area such as inside a closet or under a piece of furniture. The last thing you want to do is incur further damage. To remove carpet stains such as these, first try a little paint thinner. Dab as gently as possible until all of the paint is removed. If this doesn't work or no paint thinner is available, try using some dry cleaning solvent. If the paint hasn't penetrated deep into the carpet fibers and it won't be noticebale, snip a little bit off the top of the carpet. If none of these will work, contact your carpet care professional.

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