Home Remedies for Paint Removal

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Painting the home can be a messy job. No matter how careful you try to be, a bit of stray paint is bound to get on your clothing or skin, and may even make it to the floor. While difficult stains will need to be attacked with paint remover or a similar commercial product, many paint stains can be removed just as easily with some simple home remedies.

Clothing

  • If you are dealing with latex paint on your clothing, you should be able to remove the stain fairly easily. Rinse the clothing with water as soon as possible. If you are able to get to the stain before it dries, you may be able to remove it completely using only water. If the paint is dried, soak it in water first to remove as much of the paint as possible. A regular wash in the washing machine should remove the rest of the stain. If you are dealing with oil paint, the stain removal process will be much more difficult. A light application of mineral spirits or nail polish remover may remove the stain if you can get to it before it has dried. This may discolor the clothing slightly, so you should test it on an inside area of the clothing first if possible.

Skin

  • Even the most careful painters can sometimes get a little paint on their skin. In most cases, water and dish soap are all that will be needed to remove the stain. If the paint is completely dried, rub a bit of margarine into your skin. This will help to moisten your skin, making it difficult for the paint to adhere to it. After a small application of margarine, the paint should peel right off. You can follow up with a quick wash with soap and water to remove any remaining residue.

Vinyl Floors

  • Spilled paint on a vinyl floor may seem like a disaster, but this mess can be cleaned up completely with a few home remedies. If you have water-based paint on the floors, soak up as much of the paint as possible with paper towels or rags before you begin cleaning. The remainder of the paint can be cleaned up with mild soap and water. Tackle stubborn stains with rubbing alcohol. For oil-based paints, begin with the rubbing alcohol. Lay a cloth soaked in rubbing alcohol over the stain for several minutes. This should remove most of the paint. Any remaining stains can be tackled with a steel wool pad dipped in liquid wax. Finish up with mild soap and water. For dried paint, you should begin by scraping up as much of the paint as possible. Remaining stains should be removed with a rag dipped in mineral spirits or nail polish remover.

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