Back Button

How to Get PVC Cement Out of Carpet

Matthew Anderson

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) cement can be difficult to get out of carpeting in the event of a spill. How quickly you respond to the stain has a significant impact on how difficult it is to clean. If it is still wet, you can get most of the cement up with little trouble.

PVC cement bonds to the carpet fibers if it is allowed to sit.

Dry cement is significantly more difficult to remove. You need to unbond the cement from the carpet before it can be removed after it has dried.

  1. Scoop the wet PVC cement up with a towel. Do not attempt to rub or wipe it up. Rubbing or wiping is going to spread the cement over more of the carpet, increasing the area that needs to be cleaned. This step won't help if the cement is already dried.

  2. Blot the cement stain with a fresh towel. Some additional cement, not picked up previously, will be removed in this manner. This step is ineffective on dry cement.

  3. Spray the stain with rubbing alcohol. Allow the stain to sit for approximately five minutes.

  4. Blot the rubbing alcohol up using a fresh towel.

  5. Apply water mixed with dish soap to the stain. Allow it to sit for about five minutes before blotting it up.

  6. Apply hydrogen peroxide to the stain. Cover the stain with a towel. Allow it to sit for 30 minutes.

  7. Rinse the hydrogen peroxide with warm water. Blot up any excess water.

  8. Place a towel over the carpet to soak up any remaining water.

  9. Tip

    You do not have to complete all of these steps. You can stop when the PVC cement is cleaned from the carpet.