You have just renovated your home (with an airless sprayer of course) and you have followed all our advice to complete your project.

The paint is dry, you have removed the masking and protection and you are starting to enjoy the fruits of your labor. But then, horror! You see a completely dried paint stain on the floor or a stain on your beautiful wall from a splash.

Don’t panic, you can make up for it with the following tips.

How to remove a paint stain?

Water and oil paint stain – which method?

First of all, we would like to point out that this article is general and that you should refer to the technical data sheet of the paint used as well as the support (especially in the case of a textile) before doing anything.

As you can imagine, a water-based paint is removed with soap and water and a glycero paint with the appropriate solvent. Here we only deal with dry paint stains.

There are also many products designed to remove all types of paint stains – they can be a great help if the following tips fail to remove the most stubborn stains.

Removing a paint stain from a wall or ceiling

The interior of an apartment or house is often made of wood or mineral (finishing coat). Here are the different possibilities to cleanly remove a paint stain.

Painting stain on wood

The easiest way to clean paint from wood is to sand it. Start with a coarse grit sandpaper, then once the original wood shows through the stain, switch to a finer grit.

Sand along the grain of the wood. Depending on the thickness of the paint, the sandpaper can quickly become clogged, which may require replacing it several times.

Once you’ve sanded off as much paint as possible, dampen a rag with paint thinner and blot the area to remove any paint residue.

Paint stripper can also help you get rid of the stain. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions exactly to prepare the stripper for use.

Pour the solution into a container and dip a brush into it. Apply a single, thin coat of paint remover to the paint stain, brushing in one direction only.

Leave the solution on for 30 minutes or as directed by the manufacturer. During this time, the paint should soften.

Once it has softened, use a paint scraper, putty knife or similar tool to scrape the paint off the wood.

Paint stain on plaster

You can try gently scraping the stain with a sponge. If the stain is too tough, use a knife or small spatula to loosen it.

Lightly sand the area and apply a repair putty to touch up the wall.

paint stain wall

Removing a paint stain from a floor

You didn’t properly protect your floor before painting or something bad happened along the way.

Here’s how to clean the floor.

Textile floor (carpet or rug)

If the paint is dry, let the stripper sit until the paint is soft. Use an object with a hard edge, such as a plastic spoon or an old credit card, to scrape the paint off the carpet.

Avoid using a knife, which can cut the fibers of the fabric.

You can also apply white vinegar to a cloth or sponge and dab the stain until it disappears.

Then rinse the area by dabbing with a solution of warm water and dish soap, followed by clean water.

For latex paint, mix the soap and water solution recommended for water-based paints. Dip a sponge into the solution and vigorously dab the paint.

If you can’t remove all the paint, use a water-soluble paint stripper. Test touch-up on an inconspicuous area of the carpet first to make sure it doesn’t bleach and damage the carpet fibers.

Check the paint label for the recommended solvent or use turpentine or mineral spirits. Dip a rag in the solvent and blot the stain. When the stain is gone, blot the area with water to remove the solvent. Oil-based paint is particularly difficult to remove from carpets, so you may need to consult a professional carpet cleaner to help you.

Floor in pvc (linoleum), stone (tiles) or wood (parquet)

Use the same techniques as in the first paragraph. Note that some people also use heat to remove a localized paint stain. A hair dryer, a small spatula, a little patience and elbow grease are sometimes enough.

Tips for removing paint stains

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