How Do You Remove Paint from Floorboards?

If you’re a homeowner, then we’re sure you know all about the troubles that can come along with renovating, especially painting mishaps!

Whenever you decide to take on a home renovation project, then your floorboards are one of the biggest areas at risk of accidental drops and spills, which can cause damage to your floors – not to mention making your home look like a mess.

Sometimes, no matter how hard we try to avoid any paint spills, accidents will happen, regardless of whether we have prepared and protected the surrounding floorboards or not.

If you are undertaking a painting project, the best way to effectively remove paint from floorboards is to clean it as soon as you notice the paint spill has happened.

However, cleaning up a paint spill as soon as you notice it is certainly easier said than done!

Besides accidental splashes and drops, one of the most common ways that paint can get onto floorboards is due to the paint seeping through the protective sheets or bag liners put down to help prevent any staining. So, what can you do to remove it?

If oil-based paint has accidentally landed on your floorboards, then the first thing that you should do is quickly try and wipe it off with a damp cloth or rag.

However, if the paint has already dried by the time that you come to discover it, we first recommend gently sanding the dried paint and removing it as much as you can.

If there are any stubborn spots left, you can remove the excess with some mineral spirits that are suitable for your floorboards.

On the other hand, if you have used latex paint, you should try and wipe it off immediately, just in the same way you would oil-based paint.

However, if you have discovered the latex paint after it has dried, then we recommend taking a knife and gently trying to lift away the majority of the paint off the surface of the floorboards.

If you notice that there are any stubborn spots, you can either soak the paint for a few minutes in mineral spirits or a mixture of warm water and dish detergent.

After the paint has soaked, you should then be able to remove the remaining paint.

How do you remove dried latex paint from hardwood floors?

Latex (or water) based paint is most commonly used for indoor house improvement projects because it is best suited for all types of interior applications.

This type of paint is able to dry super quickly, due to the way that the moisture held within the mixture is able to evaporate quickly.

Though the quick-drying time is a huge convenience, and can often mean that a paint job is able to be completed in just one day, it can also mean that any paint splatters and drops also end up drying to the surface they land on quickly – which can be super frustrating.

If this is a situation that you’ve currently found yourself in, don’t panic!

The good news is that, as latex paint is designed primarily for indoor applications, it is not as durable as other types of paint on the market, so it’s usually very easy to remove.

The first thing you should do when trying to remove dried latex paint from hardwood floors is to gently begin scrubbing as much paint from the surface as possible.

To do this, we recommend using a soft sponge without any rough areas in order to preserve the hardwood and lower the chance of any unwanted scratches in the wood.

In addition to this, you can also take a knife and carefully use it to get underneath the dried paint and lift it away.

After you have been able to successfully remove the bulk of paint from the surface of the hardwood floor, you can then proceed to mix in some mild detergent into a bowl of warm water.

As you’re cleaning a wood surface, you’ll want to try and limit the amount of water that it gets exposed to, as if it absorbs too much it could cause your flooring to become damaged.

To prevent this, we recommend wetting your sponge and gently blotting the dried paint to help loosen it up, as this will limit the surrounding hardwood from getting wet.

After the dried paint has become wet, you can then leave it to soak for a few minutes, before washing off the remaining paint.

If you find that there are still some stubborn dried spots that won’t come off, the next thing that you can do is use some mineral spirits to help remove any remaining bits.

As a side note, if you do need to use mineral spirits, use them sparingly so that you do not damage the surface and color of your hardwood flooring.

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