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How to Repair Common Problems on Walls, Doors and Floors

Learn how to fix problems that can occur on most of the surfaces in your house. Annoying things like scratched floors, stained carpets, cracked tile, broken locks, leaky ceiling and more.

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Spilled Paint on Carpet

It's guaranteed that the one area you didn't cover in a room while painting is the one that will attract a spill or spatter. When you do get paint on carpet, it's best to act immediately and quickly. Dab up as much of the paint as you can with a paper towel or rag (make sure they're white), but don't smear or rub it in. Use rubbing alcohol, acetone or nail polish remove (clear, not color), or mineral spirits to dilute and dab up the paint a little at a time until it's gone. Do not soak the carpet in these solutions, or you may have them, and or the paint soaking completely through the carpet. Again, use a white paper towel or rag – the dyes in either could come off onto the carpet during the process. If the paint has already dried, try scraping off as much as you can, then follow the same dabbing process. On shag carpet you may be able to trim slight amounts of the carpet that have paint on them.

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