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ICAN/ATEX: How can I remove oil-based paint from carpet?

May 15, 2013
KEYWORDS carpet / dissolve / paint / solvents
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Many cleaning professionals visit the International Custodial Advisers Network (ICAN) Ask the Experts page for insight and, every business day, we deliver advice to better help you perform your job.

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How can I remove oil base paint from nylon carpet?

Wednesday’s Answer:

Not all dried paint is 100% removable, here are some suggestions.

Use a citrus gel solvent spotter formulated for carpet. A gel stays on top of the carpet fibers and slows evaporation allowing the solvent to dissolve the paint.

Volatile spotters normally contain tetrachloroethylene or perchloroethylene, suspected carcinogens.

Liquid paint removers can quickly penetrate to the carpet backing and loosen or dissolve the adhesives.

Both give off fumes that can be hazardous to breathe.

If hardened drops of paint are visible on the tips of cut pile, begin by carefully snipping them off with  … - Gary Clipperton, president of National Pro Clean Corp.

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