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How to Remove Latex Paint Stains From Carpet
Want to get latex paint out of carpet, upholstery or any other kind of fabric — even if it's old and dried up? Saturate the stain with lacquer thinner (not paint thinner, not mineral spirits or anything else you might be tempted to substitute) applied with a clean white cloth (so there is no chance of transferring the color from the cloth to the item to be cleaned). Allow it to sit for a few moments to soften the paint so you can scrape, blot and-or scrub it out with the white cloth.
Depending on how old the paint is, you may have to repeat a couple of times.
I don't know why this is such a favorite tip of mine. Maybe because it's such a dramatic rescue for a sloppy painter such as myself.
Caution: Lacquer thinner is highly combustible, so don't wad up that cloth and throw it in a bucket. Instead, allow it to air dry and then launder appropriately.
Here are more great tips from readers just like you:
HANDY ZIPPER PULL. The pull on the zipper of my snow boot broke, and I replaced it with a circle key ring. Now I can grab it when I'm wearing gloves. — Ronald, Michigan
SEMI-HOMEMADE CINNAMON ROLLS. I have a recipe for cinnamon rolls that everyone thinks is homemade, but isn't. And it only takes about 45 minutes to make from start to finish. I use two tubs of Pillsbury Grands cinnamon rolls and discard the frosting that comes in the tubs. Arrange the rolls in a 9 x 13 inch pan (four down the middle and three on either side, spaced between the four in the middle).
DISHWASHER CLEANS ALL. I use my dishwasher to clean lots of things. I just make sure to put most items on the top rack and also to secure the small items with clothespins or place in baskets so they don't fly around. I wash stove knobs, baby bottles, drain stoppers for the kitchen sink, small trash cans, kids toys and refrigerator shelves. I even wash diaper bags and baby bottle bags in the dishwasher so the insides get clean and sanitized. It works better than any other cleaning method. — Colleen, email
LIKE PEDIALYTE. At about $5 per quart, Pedialyte is not cheap. But making it yourself is. Here's how: Mix together 1 quart sterile water, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and 1/4 packet unsweetened Kool-Aid powder (or to taste). Keep refrigerated, and use within a couple of days. — Tom, Massachusetts (NOTE: Always consult with your healthcare professional before substituting a prescribed treatment with a homemade version. — mh)
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