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Question DetailsAsked on 5/9/2011

How can I remove paint spill from hardwood floors?

I recently had my hardwood floors redone. In the process, the floor refinishers messed up the paint on the walls. In touching that up, I accidentally dripped on the floors (somehow under the drop cloth). How can I get the paint off without leaving a spot on the floor?

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OldGrouch gave excellent advice = always try anything in an inconspicuous area. If it were me, before introducing a cleaning ingredient, I'd try rubbing the area with a clean microfiber cloth (dry. if paint remains, then damp).

Severeal years ago a "professional" painter dripped paint on new carpet; he removed the paint with rubbinng alcohol on a clean white cotton towel. Since then I've succesffuly used the basic white MrClean Majic Eraser sponge on some hard surfaces.

Answered 9 years ago by tessa89


I've found that latex paint generally comes off my hardwood floors with a thumbnail or a gently applied razor. It doesn't stick to the polyurthane.

Answered 9 years ago by Landlady544


Hi & Welcome!

You said that the hardwood floors had just been redone. Is it fair for me to presume they are finished meaning sanded, stained, sealed and final coated?

If my presumption is correct, removal should be fairly straight forward. Visit the paint section of your favorite store and look at cans of Oops or Goof Off. Both are good at removing things and my best results have come from Goof Off.

You will want to be sure you get one that should work on the type of paint you used and that should not be harmful to the floor's finish. By all means, don't hesitate to ask the folks at the paint counter. A call to the floor folks wouldn't hurt just to be sure they agree with what you will be using and it won't void any warranty they have provided.

No matter what you try, be sure to find an out of the way spot in the floor (even if it doesn't have the splatter) and test the floor's reaction to it. No sense adding problems on top of problems where others will see it.

Final note about timing - - - I took a rainy afternoon and a can of Goof Off and cleaned the, ummm, mistakes from woodwork down my hall. It was painted a few years ago and I just got around to taking the uglies off the door trim and baseboards. I put it off because I thought it was going to be a big deal - - it wasn't.

Good Luck

Answered 9 years ago by Old Grouch

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