How To Clean Drywall Compound Off Carpet
I couldn’t wait to see my new living room!
I opened the door, anxious to see the job all finished, and couldn’t believe my eyes: the construction workers had tracked drywall compound throughout the entire lower level.
My rugs were a mess. Sure, the walls and new opening looked great, but all I could see were white mud marks all over my floors!
Thankfully, our contractor sent in some professionals to clean up his worker’s mess and even offered to cut a few hundred dollars off our remodeling bill to make amends.
As the cleaners got to work I took notes. After all, who knows when we’ll find ourselves in the same mess again.
While watching them remove the drywall compound, I learned a few tips I’d like to share with all of you do-it-yourselfers out there.
So, how do you clean drywall compound off carpet? Try these expert cleaning tips:
Cleaning Tips for Removing Drywall:
Since drywall compound is water based, it is generally pretty easy to get off of your carpets, and rarely leaves no lasting damage.
Even ground in mud can be removed with some patience and elbow grease. Of course, some jobs are easier than others and even though drywall compound can be removed, you may need to try a few different tactics.
- When dealing with wet drywall mud, begin by scraping as much as you can from the surface of the rug.
- Dry paste can be stomped on and then swept up. A great method for breaking up dry mud is to use a ruler, spatula or other hard edged surface item, swept in opposite directions.
- Begin blotting any leftover still stuck drywall with a damp rag (not too wet). Turn or change rags as soon as they become too dirty.
- Keep blotting until most of the compound has been removed from the carpet.
- Never rub; this will make the compound adhere to the carpet fabric more, and make a bigger muddy mess.
- Once you are confident that most of the drywall mud has been removed, allow the carpet to dry.
- Any leftover debris can usually be vacuumed up using the dust brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner.
If the steps above aren’t enough to free the mud from your rugs, try these extra cleaning tips:
- Allow drywall compound to dry after first cleaning. Then stomp on it with heavy boots to break up any excess mud compound and repeat the steps used above.
- Use a spray bottle filled with water to moisten the area more thoroughly, allowing the mud to coagulate more, making it easier to pull off.
- Use a paint scraper to loosen both wet and dry mud from carpets.
- You can soften large chunks of must by placing a soaking wet towel over the mess for 20-30 minutes. This will help loosen it, making it easier to clean.
- Try using a spatula, butter knife or other hard edged surface to scrape dry mud out of the carpet using opposite end strokes from different directions – this helps break up the compound better.
- Use a portable steam cleaner to both wet the compound and lift it right off the carpet.
When cleaning drywall compound off carpet, take your time and remember, at least it won’t stain the carpet since the mud is colorless!
With some patience and a lot of elbow grease, your carpets will be looking better than ever in no time.