doh! spilt paint on carpet.. how to clean off?

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managed to scoop most up, and keep spill to about a foot square patch.. dont mind too much as will be getting some new carpet in new year, though it does look rather unsightly, and very obvious- first thing you see as coming in the front door.

any ideas welcome!
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  • McKneff
    McKneff Posts: 38,831 Forumite
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    What kind of paint was it.
    gloss, water based ..............

    can you put a rug over it.
    Do you have house conents insurance incl accidental damage, you might just be able to get your new carpet sooner than you think
    make the most of it, we are only here for the weekend.
    and we will never, ever return.
  • brightonman123
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    its not worth claiming- quite a cheap hall carpet to start with..

    paint was emulsion.

    perhaps i should cut it out, frame it, and sel for a fortune(??) on ebay..
    i mean, damian hurst, tracy emin etc get away with it?
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  • McKneff
    McKneff Posts: 38,831 Forumite
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    its not worth claiming- quite a cheap hall carpet to start with..

    paint was emulsion.

    perhaps i should cut it out, frame it, and sel for a fortune(??) on ebay..
    i mean, damian hurst, tracy emin etc get away with it?

    :rotfl::rotfl:

    But if the hall, stairs and landing carpet is all the same you claim for the whole lot, thats why we pay insurance.

    Because its emulsion, so water based My OH says (he's a decoratore) says that a good do with a carpet cleaner
    like a vax or hire a rug doctor should do it, you just have to persevere.
    But it needs to be done quickly as it needs keeping wet.
    make the most of it, we are only here for the weekend.
    and we will never, ever return.
  • brightonman123
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    excess would be more han cost of the carpet0 more interested in finding way to easily/cheapky get stains out!
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  • brightonman123
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    any ideas? soaking with / scrubbing with hot water and soap is not having much effect..
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  • andrew-b
    andrew-b Posts: 2,413 Forumite
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    Have you tried WD40? Don't suppose you can make it much worse than is already, but always test your stain removal products on an inconspicuous area first.
  • Legacy
    Legacy Posts: 71 Forumite
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    I spilt GLOSS (!) paint (half a tin) on our landing carpet at our last house. Tried to use white spirit in desperation to get rid of it.. WHAT A DISASTER! It just made everything ten times worse! Ended up putting a rug over it. As I said it was on the landing, so the rug was a bit of a death trap! When we sold the house we left the rug in situ.. Is that naughty?! lol
  • phill99
    phill99 Posts: 9,093 Forumite
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    I think you are silly not to claim on your contents insurance. Thats why we pay premiums. You will get new carpet for hall, stairs and Landing. Its irrelevant whether its a cheap carpet. You are bound to get a better carpet and it will save you the cost (except for your excess)
    Eat vegetables and fear no creditors, rather than eat duck and hide.
  • nickj_2
    nickj_2 Posts: 7,052 Forumite
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    niffty tip for getting gloss / solvent based paints off - soak area with water , then add a bit of white spirit , in theory the paint and white spirit will lift away from carpet and float on the water ...
  • 27col
    27col Posts: 6,554 Forumite
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    Find some paint that is the same colour as the carpet and drop that over the spill area. It might make it a bit less obvious. (Joke)
    If you have a carpet that is old enough to be needing replacing I doubt whether the insurance would be keen on paying out. Surely the main limitation with insurance is the you do not end up with something better than what was lost. But worth seeing what they say perhaps..
    I can afford anything that I want.
    Just so long as I don't want much.
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