So you got liquid latex stuck on your carpet and you have no idea how to get it off without damaging your carpet. Don’t beat yourself up about it.
You are not the first person to experience liquid latex stains and quite frankly, it’s normal to experience liquid latex stains on your carpet from time to time, especially if you use the product frequently.
Luckily, there are different convenient methods on how to remove liquid latex from carpet and we are going to discuss the best method of the lot.
This article will unveil all you need to know about removing liquid latex stains from your carpet. We are ready if you are. You are? Great! Let’s go on.
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What is Liquid Latex?
When you come across the term “liquid latex” for the first time, you initially think it is a type of water-based paint used to coat buildings, walls, and the likes.
Well, you wouldn’t be entirely wrong. Liquid latex is a type of paint but not for buildings or walls. Liquid latex is used on the skin.
It’s a substance used for adding special effects and body painting. If you are familiar with movies either at the cinema or a local theatre, then you must have come across some characters that look different and you wonder what the make-up artist used on the characters’ faces and bodies to give them that distinct look. That is liquid latex.
Can You Remove Latex Paint With Water?
You can but we advise this if the liquid latex stain is only a couple of hours or days old. Since the liquid latex isn’t for buildings and dry walls, you can remove it easily if you notice the liquid latex stain in time.
You don’t need alcohol, paint removal, solvent, or any of those tough substances to get liquid latex off. Just add water to the surface of the stain and wait for the water to soak in properly.
After this, you can take a clean piece of rag, apply a bit of dish soap, and use the rag to wipe the stain off. If the stain has dried off completely or you suspect it has been there for a long while, then you need to continue reading this article.
Tools Needed to Remove Liquid Latex From Your Carpet
- Warm water
- Dish soap
- Clean rags
- A carpet cleaner or carpet cleaning solution. There are many out there.
- A pair of gloves
- A face mask
- A soft brush or sponge
- A vacuum
How to Remove Liquid Latex From Carpet
If your liquid latex paint stain is a few weeks or months old, chances are you would not be able to remove the stain with just water. Paint hardens over time.
The longer the paint is left to dry on the carpet, the tougher the removal process becomes. You don’t need to get worried though. You can still get rid of the liquid latex stain in minutes by following the easy steps below.
Put on Your Safety Gear
Liquid latex hardly causes skin irritation since it is specifically made to be used on different skin types. So you don’t have to worry about that.
You do need to worry about the items you will be using though. Items like the brush or sponge can cause bruises if not properly handled.
So use a pair of gloves at all times to be on the safe side. If you want to make use of any chemical or cleaning solvent which by the way is not necessary, you will need to use a face mask.
This is because the fume produced by these chemicals when they come in contact with the carpet and are mixed with the latex might be toxic to the body system if inhaled in a large amount.
Clean or Vacuum the Affected Area
To prep the affected area, clean or vacuum the affected area to remove as much paint as possible. This step also helps you to get rid of any dirt or debris on the surface that can impede the cleaning process or damage the carpet.
Use Soapy Water to Blot the Area
Mix a few drops of dish soap with a bowl or bucket of warm water and mix to form a lather. Dip a clean rag into the warm soapy water and use the rag to dampen the stained area.
Be careful not to rub or scrub the surface with the rag and soapy water. This will result in the liquid latex stain being spread around to parts of the carpet that was previously not stained.
Leave the stain for a few minutes or longer depending on how dry or tough the stain is.
Wipe Off the Area With a Damp Rag
After you have blotted the area, let it dry for a while. Then dip a rag in the warm water (without soap) and use it to clean the area.
You should see a good amount of paint come off while doing this. Clean the area properly and check if you still have latex stains on it. If you do, use a carpet cleaner.
Apply a Few Drops of Carpet Cleaner to the Area
Apply the carpet cleaner you bought to the surface area and use a soft brush or sponge to gently scrub the area after a while.
Ensure you are alternating the movement of the brush. Keep the brush on the stained area or else the stain will spread. Continue scrubbing till the paint comes off.
While scrubbing, ensure you use a rag to clean the surface and check if there is still latex stain there regularly so you know when to stop.
Clean and Vacuum the Area
If you have completely removed the latex stain, wipe off the area and vacuum it to remove any leftovers.
Repeat the steps above if you still have any latex stain left. Normally, liquid latex should be off your carpet after using a carpet cleaner.
If you still discover much amount of latex stain or you find out all the steps above did not work, chances are that stain is not from liquid latex. You might want to consult a professional carpet cleaning service for such a task.
Safety Measures to Follow When Removing Liquid Latex From Carpets
- Always use safety gear particularly a face mask so you don’t inhale toxic fumes.
- Don’t let the solvent or other chemicals come in contact with your skin especially if you are using harsh substances.
- Do not use hard brushes on the carpet to prevent damages.
- It is never a good measure to use dryers to melt off dried latex stains from carpets.
That’s it. You should be able to rid yourself of those pesky liquid latex stains by now. Have a go at it and have fun while doing so. Leave a comment below if you liked this article. Have a fine cleaning experience.