Spring is in the air and so is the urge to make things new. Maybe you have taken on a few home-sprucing projects like painting your home a fresh new color. Here is what you can do if you find yourself accidentally bumping that paint out of the tray or can and onto the carpet.
First grab some paper towels and blot the stain to get any excess out of the carpet being careful not to rub and push the paint further into the fibers. Be sure to do this immediately after the stain occurs.
For Acrylic Paint apply glycerin to the stain and blot with clean towels. When you have done all you can with the glycerin apply rubbing alcohol to anything that may be left in the carpet. Rinse the stain with a mild detergent, water and a sponge. If there are any dried on spots left behind it is best to try to remove them with a knife or scissors.
For Oil-based Paint get some turpentine or mineral spirits and act as quickly as possible. If the paint has dried turpentine is best to remove the stain. After blotting up most of the stain with turpentine or mineral spirits use rubbing alcohol to remove the remaining stain. When finished with the alcohol follow with a mild detergent and warm water wash.
For Water-based Paint blot the stain with water or vinegar followed by mild detergent and water. Be careful not to use too much water as it could cause the paint to spread.
For Latex Paint make a cleaning solution with one teaspoon of neutral detergent, one without bleaches and alkaline, and one cup of warm water. Apply the solution to the stain and blot repeat until the stain has lifted.
For an entire can of paint soak up as much of the paint as possible with rags and then apply damp towels to cover the entire stain to keep it moist. Call a carpet cleaning professional to come in and save the carpet. If the stain is too large the carpet may have to be replaced or covered with and area rug.
For Dry Paint first scrape as much of the stain as possible from the fibers with a slightly sharp object like a razor blade or butter knife. For the remaining stain spray with WD-40 and allow it to soak in for 20 minutes then blot the stain and pick up any bits of loose paint. Finish by applying neutral detergent and water.