It’s a wonderful and inexpensive way to brighten up a room and bring into the modern era. However, falling paint drops are less than charming. And we don’t have to tell you that having to replace a carpet or rug due to the new green or blue dots takes that quick and inexpensive home improvement project and turns it into an expensive nightmare in the blink of an eye. But don’t despair! It’s possible to remove paint stains from flooring without spending a fortune on either cleaning products or a new floor.
Oil-Based Paint Stains
Oil-based paints are the most difficult to clean since they require paint thinner to clean once dried. These materials should NEVER be used on a hardwood or vinyl floor, as they will completely destroy the finish in the affected area. And using such solvents on carpets or rugs is quite questionable – check any care labels and/or manufacturer’s brochures ahead of time, and test in a very inconspicuous area.
Dry Paint on Hard Flooring
If the paint has already dried on your hard flooring, it shouldn’t be too difficult to remove. Use a dull knife, the edge of a credit card, a spatula, something with a dull scraping edge to scrape up the paint. In all likelihood, the splatters will lift off fairly easily. We do not recommend using a straight-edge razor because of the possibility of damaging the finish of the flooring.
Dry Paint Carpet Stain Removal
Once the paint is dry on the carpet, things become pretty difficult. Your first step should be to attempt to manually remove as much of the dried-on paint as possible using water, an old toothbrush, and maybe even needle nose pliers. Wet the area, and try to see if any of the color will blot up. It’s not likely, but it’s worth a try! Then, use your toothbrush to really scrub the carpet and remove as much of the paint as possible from the carpet fibers. If you have a large goop of dry paint, needle nose pliers are great to squeeze the goop and get it to flex and/or break enough for you to pull it off the carpet fiber. Let the area dry, and then vacuum to see what remains.
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