Acrylic paint, a mainstay of painters and crafters, poses removal challenges if you find you've spilled some on your clothes or on a household surface. Depending on the surface on which you've spilled the paint, there are different ways to go about removing the paint. Acrylic paint is water soluble, however, and can be removed with just the right amount of persistence and the right combination of cleaning materials.

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Remove acrylic paint using a combination of household items.

Removing from Fabrics

Step 1

Mix the ammonia, white vinegar and salt. Put the mixture in a either a bowl or a spray bottle, depending on what will work better for your application. Wash and dry according to manufacturer specifications.

Step 2

Work the solution into the material with the sponge.

Step 3

Scratch at the area with your fingernail or a butter knife. Scratch the paint both with the grain of the material and against the grain. Apply more solution to the fabric as needed.

Step 4

Rinse the fabric to wash away loose acrylic paint. Repeat until acrylic paint is completely removed.

Step 5

Launder the fabric, if possible, after lifting as much as the paint as you can.

Removing from Carpet

Step 1

Vacuum the area where the paint spilled with a wet vac while the spill is still wet. Vacuum up as much of the spill as you can.

Step 2

Saturate the carpet with a mixture of laundry detergent and water. Scrub any spots that require it.

Step 3

Vacuum the detergent and water mixture out of the carpet. Repeat this process until you are no longer able to remove paint from the carpet.

Step 4

Set up as many fans as possible and leave them running for at least 24 hours. This will prevent mold growth under the carpet.