How to Clean Paint Stains Off the Floor

By Mary Smith. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to Clean Paint Stains Off the Floor

Painting our home is something that is very tedious, but is unavoidable. The walls might need a touch-up care or you may simply want to give your rooms a new look. Whatever your reasons, the painting should be done carefully in order to prevent any undesirable stains. You also need to prevent the paint from dripping onto the floor. For more help on this, provides some pointers on how to clean paint from the floor and leave it squeaky clean.

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Fresh paint

If the paint on the floor is fresh, act quickly to clean it sooner and avoid double the work later. It is best that you remove most of the residue with the help of a napkin or paper towel, but try not to spread the drop of paint. Once you've removed most and if the floor is still stained, you can choose between two options, depending on the type of paint:

  • If the paint is water based cleaning the stain with water and detergent is enough, rubbing well with mop. If it does not go away, you should scrub with a stiff brush for a better effect. Then dry with paper and the floor will look like new!
  • If the paint is oil-based, latex or acrylic paint then you need a flat metal spatula to remove the excess - do it carefully to avoid scratching the floor. Then apply paint solvent to the stain and rub with a brush until it disappears. It is best to perform this procedure with gloves.
How to Clean Paint Stains Off the Floor - Fresh paint

Dried paint

If the paint has dried on the floor, it's not the end of the world. It can come off! To clean dry paint from the floor, do the same as above, but remove the dried paint with the help of a flat metal spatula. Use the spatulas to scrape away the stain and remove it. That alone might be sufficient. Rub with a brush and soapy water if water-based paint, or with solvent if it is oil-based, latex or plastic.

Maybe this article has saved your from a little, or a large, paint accident. Either way, at OneHowTo we hope you find these tips on how to clean paint stains off the floor useful.

How to Clean Paint Stains Off the Floor - Dried paint

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