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How to Get Paint Out of Carpet

How to Get Paint Out of Carpet

Painting a house can be a great way to liven up the place and transform a room. It’s a low-cost, low-effort means of making your home feel nice and new. Unfortunately, paint sometimes ends up in places where you don’t want it, like your carpet. When that happens, it can feel disastrous, but it isn’t as horrible as it seems. Paint can, in fact, be removed from carpet, as long as you know a few tricks. If you get paint on your carpet, follow this guide to remove it safely.

Determine the Type of Paint

The base used to make a paint is going to determine which paint-removing process will work on it. The first step is to identify that base. Paints will be water-based, latex-based, or oil-based. You can look at the paint can (or container), and it will tell you which base is used in your paint. Once you have that answer, you can move on to the removal process.

Removing Water-Based Paint

Let’s start by looking at water-based paints. They are the easiest to clean. The paint is mixed with water, so you can dilute and wash it with water.

First, if the paint is still wet, you want to absorb as much of it as possible. Blot it with a paper towel or rag. Resist the urge to scrub — that will only push the paint deeper into the fibers. Blot until you cannot absorb any more wet paint.

If the paint is dry, you can make a mixture of hot water and dish soap to clean the mess. You want the water and soap in a one-to-one ratio. Apply the mixture to the paint, and let it sit for a few minutes to soften the paint. Once the paint is soft, blot it away. Again, avoid scrubbing. It will probably require several iterations of the process, but by soaking the stain and blotting it, you can clear away all of the paint.

When you are blotting the paint, pay attention to saturation. Eventually, the carpet will be soaked, and adding more of the solution won’t help. Blot away as much as you can, and then let the carpet dry a bit before continuing.

Removing Latex-Based Paint

Latex-based paint is going to be a little more difficult, but it is removed in largely the same way as water-based paint. The first step is still to blot away any wet paint when the spill occurs.

For paint that can’t be blotted, you will need to make a mixture of dish soap and water, but it will be a little different from the previous mixture. First, you want lukewarm water in place of hot water. The ratio is about a teaspoon of soap to a cup of water. Mix up your detergent and apply it to the carpet. Also, be sure you’re using a mild detergent. Some detergents are harsh and can damage the carpet.

With your solution applied, the latex paint will begin to dissolve. You can blot away as much of the solution as possible. When you’ve taken that process as far as you can, you’re going to let the area dry completely. The detergent mixture should break up the latex in the paint. Once it dries, you’ll be able to vacuum up what remains.

Once again, you might have to repeat the whole process a few times to get all of the paint. It’s just a matter of patience.

Removing Oil-Based Paint

Oil-based paints are the toughest. They are hard to break up, and they are very sticky. Still, you can beat them. The first step remains the same: blot away as much wet paint as possible.

When dealing with dry oil-based paints, you want to soften the area. A steamer is the best tool. Apply steam directly to the paint until it is soft. Once you can see that it has visibly softened, you can pick at it with a needle or pin to break up the paint and remove it. The process will be meticulous and time-consuming, but if you keep at it, you can get rid of the oil-based paint without damaging the carpet.

When the majority of excess paint is removed, you can try attacking the spot with a carpet cleaner. It can remove smaller oil-based paint deposits and save you a lot of time. Removing paint from carpet can take a lot of work, but you can succeed if you stick with it. Beautiful, clean carpet is welcoming and warm. If yours no longer gives you that inviting feeling, maybe it’s time for an upgrade. At Hiltons Flooring, our professional staff can help you with any and all of your carpeting needs. Contact us online or call us at 817-910-7758.

Staircase Remodel Ideas

Staircase Remodel Ideas

Want to remodel your staircase? The stairs in your home can be purely functional and get you from point A to point B, or they can be a powerful design element. If you’re ready to enhance the look of your stairs, you’ll need to know some terminology and what your options are. The staircase style, flooring, and railing you’re able to use will largely depend on the design of the house, but you’re not stuck with one style. Let’s take a look.   

Types of Staircases

Traditional Staircases

No surprise here; we’re talking about your everyday stairs, straight and direct. If your space calls for a traditional staircase, make the most of it. Variations in flooring, railing, and spindle styles can give your traditional staircase a much-needed lift. 

Curved Staircases

Depending on your home’s layout, a curved staircase may make more sense than traditional straight stairs. A slightly rounded staircase can have a grandiose feel, especially if there are two mirrored staircases. If you’re short on space, a spiral staircase might be the best fit, although a full spiral staircase may be steep and difficult for some people to traverse. 

Floating Staircases

Floating staircases feature a horizontal step (run) but not a vertical connector (rise). The steps are suspended in the air by cables or a hidden connector that runs underneath the entire staircase. The absence of the vertical rise means you can see straight through the stairs to what’s behind them. The visual effect is truly a work of art that gives the stairs a light and airy effect. However, because there is no vertical rise, it can be difficult for some people to judge the depth of the stair, particularly for those with a sight impairment. 

Flooring

Just like the rest of the floors in your home, your stairs can be constructed with a variety of flooring types. They can be gorgeous stained hardwood for a strong traditional look, or natural wood for a more earthy feel. You can use marble or granite for an elegant, powerful feature. And any number of specialty tiles can create a custom look. These solid materials are fantastic options, but you’ll need to incorporate some kind of non-slip surface for safety, and remember that a bare staircase can have a sometimes have a cold feel. 

A carpet runner that extends the length of the staircase but isn’t as wide can soften the look and add interest. And if you’re a fan of carpet, fully carpeted stairs are a great soft and lush choice. Consider using a coordinating carpet that doesn’t exactly match your other spaces for your runner or carpeted stairs. Even something like a herringbone runner in the same general color as your other carpets would add a layer of design to your space.  

Railing and Balusters/Spindles

Changing your handrails is another way to update your overall look. A metal railing made of steel gives an industrial, masculine look. A wood railing tends to be more traditional but can be crafted to fit a more transitional or modern space. 

And don’t overlook the spindles. These are the vertical rods that support the railing and are sometimes called balusters. These can be wood, wrought iron or even wire. Even simply painting wood spindles can give your staircase a new feel.

Make it Yours

These are just a few of your options. Now it’s time to get creative. Whether you’re doing a full remodel of your stairs or just want an update, you can mix and match flooring, textures and materials to create a look that’s perfect for you.  

Want to go the extra mile? Incorporate LED lights under the run of each step to add brightness for aesthetics as well as safety. And don’t forget the area underneath the stairs. It’s called a spandrel, and it’s a great place to get creative. Use it for storage, or turn it into extra shelving, a wine cellar, or even a tucked-away nook perfect for playing or reading. When you’re ready to take your ideas to the next level, Hiltons Flooring can help. We have the materials you’ll need for your new staircase to make sure it is as beautiful as it is safe. Call us at 817-910-7758 or contact us online to get your project started today!

Best Flooring Types for a Kitchen Remodel

Best Flooring Types for a Kitchen Remodel

Thousands of homeowners in the United States renovate their homes each year (more than 40,000 in 2019, according to the 2020 U.S. Houzz & Home Study: Renovation Trends study). If you’re planning a kitchen remodel this year, you’re probably wondering which flooring options are best.

Whether you are still considering your options or chomping at the bit to get started, this article will help you compare flooring types for kitchen remodels in Texas.

What Does the Best Kitchen Flooring Option Look Like?

Have you noticed how many different types of flooring are available today? Dozens of natural stone and tile options, plus hardwood, vinyl, laminate, carpet — the list goes on and on. On top of that, retailers shout about how their solutions are the best! Best value, best color, best installation, best return on investment, best variety. But what does “best” really mean?

According to an online dictionary, “best” means “of the most excellent, effective, or desirable type or quality.” At Hiltons Flooring, we agree with that definition but also think you must go further. The very best flooring option for your kitchen remodel, based on our many years of offering flooring solutions in Arlington, TX, is one that fits your lifestyle and budget perfectly while adding value, beauty, and functionality to your home.

Tile & Stone Kitchen Flooring

If you love the beauty and design flexibility tile and natural stone offer, you’ll be happy to know there are many options. Here are three stone and tile options that we think are terrific to use in any kitchen.

Granite

This natural stone is excellent if you have young children who love to bang on the floor beneath your feet while you’re cooking. Granite is strong and stands up to years of heavy traffic and the occasional pounding by little hands. It is also scratch and moisture resistant.

Glass

Because they are slip-resistant, glass tiles are great for seniors who may be more likely to fall. The tiles never fade and do not require special care to prevent chemical, mold, or stain buildup.

Porcelain

A great choice that is extremely durable and resists scratches during daily use.

Laminate Kitchen Flooring Solutions for Your Arlington Home

Laminate flooring is a very popular solution for Arlington homeowners. Here are three reasons why laminate is a top choice.

Budget-friendly

Laminate is usually less expensive than stone or tile, and it is very durable, so you can expect to get years of service for your investment.

Less disruption during renovation 

Since laminate snaps together above existing flooring, there is typically no construction mess during a dismantle-and-replace job. No glue means no chemical orders in the air, and there is no cure time, which means no waiting. You can use your floor immediately after the installation crew leaves.

Looks like more expensive flooring options

Laminate flooring can be made to mimic any flooring — hardwood, tile, concrete, stone, mosaic — because its look comes from a photograph that rests between the top layer and the high-density fiberboard that gives the floor durability and strength.

Hardwood Flooring: Cork, Solid Hardwood & Engineered Hardwood

Hardwood flooring in the kitchen, depending on the style and wood species you choose, adds warmth, elegance, charm, and long-lasting beauty. The most popular hardwood flooring solutions for kitchen remodels are birch, hickory, maple, and oak. Pine and walnut will work, but both of these wood species may be more susceptible to damage with daily use and heavy traffic because they are softer.

Colors, styles, wood grains, and other features vary depending on which brand of flooring you choose. We offer a wide selection of hardwood flooring solutions and will be happy to help you choose the best for your space. When you’re ready to plan your kitchen renovation, Hiltons Flooring is here to help you explore the best flooring solutions for your family. Remember, the best flooring demands professional installation. Call us at 817-910-7758 or visit our showroom in Arlington, TX, to get started.