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Dried drips of paint are hard to avoid; it seems we've all got a few of these unsightly blemishes on our hardwood floors. Ideally, we'd catch all stray spots and splatters during the painting process and wipe them up while they're wet, but few paint jobs are that tidy. Luckily, dried paint can
be removed from wood floors without damaging the floor's finish.
First, try to slide a very sharp blade
underneath the drips. Opt for a craft knife
, utility knife
or very sharp kitchen knife. (Don't
use a putty knife; it's way too blunt for the job.) Be extremely gentle, so as not to damage the wood. You may find that the drips pop right off with a little careful leverage.
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No luck? Try this:
If it's latex paint you're dealing with, you may be able to soften things up by pouring some hot soapy water
on the affected spot. Leave the area covered to soak for a while. Then rub with a cloth, scrape with your fingernail or try the blade again. Hopefully this time things will start to come loose.
Still won't budge? Time for the hot air solution: simply warm the dots of paint with a hair dryer
. This may make them soft enough to be peeled up
. Make sure keep the dryer on a low-air, high-heat setting and be patient about giving the heat time to work.
If you tried all of that without success, it might be time to crack out the chemicals
. Try dabbing each drop of paint with a little rubbing alcohol
nail polish remover. You might also try a latex paint remover like Lift Off
or an all-purpose remover like Goof Off
If you go this route, use a Q-tip and be very cautious. Your goal is to soften the paint just enough that small drips can be popped loose. Use too much and you risk damaging your floor's glossy finish. The last thing you want to do is solve one problem while creating another.
Got any other tips for removing dried paint from wood floors? Comment below!
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