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How to get paint off wood floors

COIT’s Guide to Removing Paint Stains from Wood Floors

When you’re painting around wooden surfaces, it’s difficult to avoid a few paint stains on hardwood here and there. Thankfully, removing these stains is as easy as following a few trusty steps.

Removing Paint Stains from wood floors with a Heat Gun

  1. If you have access to a heat gun, this is your best bet. Point the heat gun close to the stain – this will soften the paint.
  2. Simultaneously, gently scratch the paint layers using a putty knife.
  3. With a damp rag, wipe the affected area.
  4. If this does not remove the spilled paint on wood floor, consider using products designed to remove paint: Goo Goo Painter’s Pal or Good Off. These products can be applied directly to the stain using a cotton swab.

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Removing Wood floor Paint Stains Using Rubbing Alcohol

If you can’t seem to get your hands on a heat gun, here’s an alternative way to remove wood floor paint stains.

  1. Scrape off as much paint as you can using a bladed tool.
  2. Soak a household rag in rubbing alcohol.
  3. Apply rag directly to stain and rub until stain is not visible.

When in Doubt, Goof-Off!

Now if this method still doesn’t remove the paint stain, you can try using Goof-Off, a popular household stain remover. Is that tough wood floor paint stain still in sight? For more advanced wood floor cleaning that requires specialized, professional care, consider COIT Cleaning services. Don't forget to check our discounts!

Remember to always do a spot removal test on a portion of carpet or upholstery that is normally not visible. These are suggested treatments only and COIT can't be held accountable for any damage sustained by use of the treatments in this spot removal guide.