How To Remove Paint Splatter From Wood Floor

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Alex Mcil

If you’ve ever had the unfortunate experience of a paint stain onto your wood floor, you’ll understand the difficulties of getting it removed. The good news, with the right tools and techniques, the paint removal process can be done relatively easily.

We will give you all the tips on how to remove paint from wood floors, ranging from oil based paint, dried paint and also water based paints.

Clean Paint Splatters Guide

Determining successful removal of paint will depend on the type of paint stain that has made its way onto your wood floor, wether it is wet or completely dried and the type of wood floors you have.

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Let us take a look at how to tackle these.

Steps to remove oil based paint

The task of removing oil-based paint from wood floors can be tricky. However, there are a few methods to clean the dried paint off.

  • Try wax stripper
  • Try chemical paint thinner (methylene chloride-based)

If the oil-based paint is allowed to dry, it can be difficult to remove. First, try using a floor cleaner or wax stripper on the hardened paint. If these methods don’t work, you may need to use a chemical paint thinner.

There are several types of commercial paint thinners that can be used, but the most common is a methylene chloride-based paint remover.

Bonus tip: Before using any chemicals on your wood floors, be sure to test a sample in a small area to make sure it does not damage the wood floor finish.

Once you have tested the stripper, put on some rubber gloves and safety goggles. Generously apply the stripper on the paint splatter and let it sit for a few minutes.

Steps to remove water based paint

With water based paint splatter, it is important to clean it up the splatter right away before the paint dries. This will make the cleaning process easier.

If the paint dries, the most common method is to use hot, soapy water. This can be done by turning the kettle on, pouring the hot water in a bucket and adding dish soap to it. Apply the soapy water to the paint splatter using a cloth and rub it in. Wait a minute or two and then the paint should be scraped off with a putty knife. Finally give it an other rub down with the hot soapy water.

Another method is to use a steam cleaner. The steam will loosen the paint’s grip, and it can then be scraped off.

Step 1: Preparing washing up liquid & water

Gather your supplies. You will need a soft cloth, a bucket of water, a few drops of dish soap, and an old toothbrush for the first steps of removal. Also, you can consider rubbing alcohol, with a cotton ball as a back up.

Then, make sure you have a plastic putty knife, a vacuum cleaner (or a broom), and a wood floor sealant from your local home improvement store.

Step 2: Removing paint stains

Dilute the dishwashing detergent in the bucket of warm water. The next step is to soak the cloth in the water and dish soap solution. Rub the paint splatter with the cloth until it starts to come off. If the paint splatter is stubborn, you can use the toothbrush to scrub it off.

Next, sponge the solution onto the paint splatter and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Then use a paper towel to wipe the paint splatter away.

We covered how to remove the majority of the paint splatter from the floor. However, there may be some stubborn paint splatter that remains.

To remove any remaining stubborn paint, you will need a putty knife. Simply scrape the paint off the floor with this tool. Be careful not to damage the wood flooring while doing this, so use gentle strokes.

Vacuum the floor to remove any remaining dust or debris. Make sure to use the crevice tool to get into tight spaces and corners the dried paint may have slipped into.

Finally apply the sealant to protect the wood floor from further paint spills in the future.

How Do You Get Paint Splatter Off Hardwood Floors?

If you have ever tried to get paint splatter off of a hardwood floor, you know that it can be a daunting task. In fact, it can seem impossible to remove all of the paint without causing any damage to the floor.

However, there are a few ways that you can get the done without too much trouble.

How do you get paint off hardwood floors without damaging finish?

If you’ve just moved into a new home and are repainting the walls, you may be wondering how to get paint off the hardwood floors without damaging the finish.

First, try using a chemical paint remover. If that doesn’t work, you can try using a heat gun or a steam cleaner. Be sure to test any method you plan to use on a small area of the floor first to make sure it won’t damage the finish.

The first step is to scrape off as much of the paint as possible with a putty knife. Once that is done, you can use a cleaner like Goo Gone to remove the rest of the paint. If there is any residue left over, you can use a wood polish to restore the shine.

One way is to use a paint scraper. Be sure to use a sharp one so you can get under the paint. Another way is to use a heat gun. Point the gun at the paint and wait until it starts to bubble. Then use a scraper to remove the paint. A third way is to use a solvent.

You can also use a chemical paint remover, but be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. Soak a cloth in the solvent and use it to wipe the paint off the floor.

How do you get dried paint off hardwood floors?

In order to get dried paint off of hardwood floors, you will need to use a mixture of warm water and soap. First, pour the warm water onto the paint and use a scrub brush to help loosen the paint.

Next, add a small amount of soap to the water and continue scrubbing. Once the paint has been removed, clean the floor with a hardwood floor cleaner or a cheaper option is to rinse the floor with clean water and dry it with a towel.


If you have ever had the unfortunate experience of paint spills on your wood floor, you know it can be hard to remove paint. In this blog post, we explored different ways of paint removal without damaging the finish of the hardwood floor and going to your local hardware store.

Let us know in the comments if our advice helped you get rid of stubborn paint stains on your hardwood floors!