How to Get Paint Off a Floor

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No matter how careful you are with paint, accidents happen. Despite every precaution with tape and drop cloths, spills and splatters can still end up on the floor, requiring clean up. With quick action, a little elbow grease and a lot of patience, you can remove the paint stain and avoid the hefty cost of floor replacement.

Things You'll Need

  • Gallon bucket
  • Warm water
  • Rag
  • 1 cup liquid soap
  • Putty knife
  • Heat gun or hair drier
  • Paint stripper (type will depend on flooring manufacturer's recommendation)
  • Contain the spill. Set up a barrier of clean newspaper, rags or paper towels around the perimeter.

  • Use a wicking motion with your brush and pick up the excess paint. Work from the outside of the spill, inward. Scrape the saturated brush into the paint can to remove the paint.

  • Fill a gallon bucket with warm water and a cup of liquid soap. Saturate a rag with the cleaning fluid and scrub the affected area vigorously. The paint stains should slowly start decreasing in number and consistency.

  • If paint still remains, carefully scrape the area with a putty knife or floor scraper. It is advisable to use a plastic one to avoid abrading or scratching the floor.

  • Rinse with warm water and dry.

  • For more serious paint stains use a heat gun or hair drier to melt the paint. Immediately scrap it off with a putty knife. Heat guns can damage some floor finishes. Check with your floor supplier or manufacturer to find out if a heat gun is safe to use on your floor.

  • If all else fails, check with your manufacturer or a professional to find a floor stripper that will remove the paint without damaging the floor. Follow the product’s application directions and use with care.

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