How to Get Chalk Paint Out of Carpet

Chalk paint is extremely popular for furniture and home decorations. While it’s simple to work with and produces a lovely matte finish, spilling it on the carpet can throw you into a panic.

Don’t fret if you have a chalk paint stain on your carpet; there are techniques to remove it easily! In this post, we’ll cover the different methods that you can use to get chalk paint out of carpet.


To get chalk paint out of the carpet you can apply

  • Dish soap and warm water
  • Vinegar
  • Cleaning solutions such as rubbing alcohol

Method 1: Use Dish Soap and Warm Water

One of the simplest and most effective ways to remove chalk paint from a carpet is to mix dish soap with warm water. Here’s a more in-depth step-by-step overview of this this method:


  • A fresh clean cloth or a paper towel
  • Bowl
  • Warm water
  • Dish soap


1. Blot up the excess paint: As soon as you discover the spill, carefully blot up as much of the excess paint as possible using a clean cloth or paper towel. Avoid rubbing the paint, as this will only push it deeper into the carpet’s fibers.

2. Prepare the solution: Combine warm water and a few drops of dish soap in a basin. You may use any dish soap you like, as long as it doesn’t include bleach or other harsh chemicals that could damage your carpet.

3. Use the solution: Soak a clean cloth in the solution and dab it on the stain. Make sure to completely cover the area with the solution.

4. Blot the stain: Gently blot the area with the same cloth, going from the outside of the stain inside. Avoid scrubbing or rubbing the carpet, as this might drive the chalk paint deeper into the carpet. 

5. Rinse the affected area: Here you should rinse the cloth with clean water and repeat steps 3 and 4 until the stain is fully removed. If the stain is really tenacious, you may need to repeat this procedure multiple times.

6. Dry the carpet: Once the stain has been removed, wipe away any residual water from the carpet using a clean, dry cloth or paper towel. Allow the carpet to completely dry before walking on it or moving any furniture.

Useful tips:

  • Use warm water rather than cold water. Warm water is generally better for loosening up the chalk paint and breaking its bond to the carpet.
  • Be patient and persistent; it may take several cleaning rounds to remove the stain completely.

Method 2: Use Vinegar

For centuries, vinegar has been utilized as a natural solvent to remove paint and other products. It is derived from fermented alcohol and contains acid, which makes it a potent solvent that can dissolve certain types of paint, such as chalk paint. Check out the step-by-step procedure I have provided below:


  • Clean cloth or paper towel
  • White vinegar
  • Bowl
  • Water
  • Spray bottle


1. Blot up the excess paint: As soon as you discover the spill, carefully blot up as much of the excess paint as possible using a clean cloth or paper towel. Avoid rubbing the paint, as this will only push it deeper into the carpet’s fibers.

2. Mix the solution: Combine equal parts water and white vinegar in a spray bottle. Shake vigorously to mix.

3. Apply the solution: Spray the solution onto the chalk paint, saturating the affected area. Let the solution sit for 10-15 minutes to allow it to penetrate the paint.

4. Remove the paint: After the solution has had time to set in, gently blot the stain with a clean cloth or paper towel. Avoid touching the discoloration as this can spread it even further. Steps 2 and 3 should be repeated until the stain is gone or no more paint transfers onto the cloth/towel.

5. Clean the surface: After removing all of the paint, wipe the surface with soap and water to remove any residue from the vinegar solution. This will also assist in the removal of any leftover paint particles.

6. Allow the surface to dry: This step is vital before completely walking on the carpet or replacing any furniture.

Useful tips:

  • Several types of vinegar can be used to remove chalk paint. Commonly used vinegar include white distilled vinegar, and apple cider vinegar. However, use white distilled vinegar since the liquid is clear and won’t stain your carpet. Apple cider vinegar has a brown hue and could potentially stain. 
  • White vinegar shouldn’t stain your carpet, but to be extra safe, apply the vinegar solution on a less noticeable area of the carpet to test it before treating the stain.
  • For tougher stains, you may want to extend the amount of time that the vinegar solution is left on the affected area to maximize its effectiveness.
  • If the paint isn’t coming off easily, use a stiff brush to help remove it. 

Method 3: Use Rubbing Alcohol 

Another popular home item that may be used to remove chalk paint from carpets is rubbing alcohol. It is a flexible solvent capable of dissolving a wide range of paints, including chalk paint. Rubbing alcohol happens to be a stronger solution than dish soap and vinegar. 

Here are the steps on how to get chalk paint out of carpet with rubbing alcohol:


  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Clean cloth or sponge
  • Dish soap
  • Water


1. Blot up the excess paint: Carefully blot up as much of the extra paint as possible using a clean cloth. Avoid rubbing the paint, because this will only push it deeper into the carpet’s fibers.

2. Apply the rubbing alcohol: Carefully pour enough rubbing alcohol onto the stain to cover it completely. For a stain the size of a coaster, around half a cup is good to start. 

3. Blot the stain: To blot the stain, use a clean cloth or paper towel. The goal is to pull as much chalk paint out of the carpet as possible. Wash the cloth in the sink to do away with the chalk paint that you have pulled from the carpet. 

4. Repeat the process: If the stain persists, repeat the process by applying more rubbing alcohol and blotting the area until the chalk paint is fully removed.

5. Clean the area: After successfully removing the chalk paint stain with rubbing alcohol, you can use a mixture of dish soap and water to clean the area and remove any remaining residue. 

6. Dry the carpet: Once done, allow the carpet to dry naturally or use a fan to speed up the process.

Important tip:

  • It is important to exercise caution when using rubbing alcohol as it is flammable. Furthermore, rubbing alcohol is a relatively harsher solution compared to dish soap and vinegar, so apply the solution cautiously. 
  • Always use rubber gloves when working with rubbing alcohol. Rubbing alcohol can be damaging to the skin so it’s important to take the proper safety precautions. 
  • Do a spot test with rubbing alcohol in an inconspicuous area of the carpet before applying it to the chalk paint stain. Although rubbing alcohol shouldn’t stain your carpet, it never hurts to be overly cautious.

Final words

Since chalk paint is a water-based paint, it is relatively easy to remove it from the carpet. It’s also easy to remove chalk paint from clothes, curtains, or any other fabric for that matter. On the other hand, oil-based paint stains are much more challenging to treat.

As you clean the carpet, remember that the goal is to essentially pull the chalk paint out of the carpet rather than rubbing it into the carpet. That being said, blotting the stain to lift the paint out of the carpet is key. 

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