Latex paint can turn your room’s walls into colorful pictures. However, it will be a real pain in the neck if the wet paint splatters on your clothes, carpet, or other furniture.
In that case, how to remove latex paint? This article will show you the easiest way to deal with the annoying paint stains on any surfaces in your house.
There are various ways of removing latex paint, depending on which is the surface you want to clean. Of course, each way requires you to use different things, and the list below will mention all the items so that you can deal with every situation.
The things you need for removing latex paint are:
– Denatured alcohol (this is poisonous for consumption and flammable, so be careful while using)
– A dry, clean rag
– White vinegar
– Laundry detergent
– Clean water
– Plastic scraper
After having prepared the mentioned items, you must be eager for the next steps. So now I will show you the detailed instructions on how to remove latex paint, based on which surface has the paint stains.
If the latex paint, unfortunately, splatters on your clothes, try to clean it as soon as possible, since wet paint is much easier to deal with.
You can also learn some other ways to wash the paint stain out of clothes here
Once you get paint drops stuck to your skin, immediately go to the bathroom and start to carry out the following steps:
Tips: You can replace mineral oil with other common liquids like coconut oil, olive oil,…
For this, you can try nail polisher or white vinegar. Pour it onto a dry rag and put it directly on the paint stain, then slightly rub the stain with a brush.
After rubbing, let the carpet sit for 5 minutes so that the liquid can soak into the stain. Then vacuum up the stained area until it gets all dried.
If there is still a faint stain, repeat the process 2-3 more times until it goes completely off. Below is a good example of removing latex paint from carpet.
In this case, please try to use dishwasher soap with water first, as you do not want to leave a noticeable spot on the floor because of strong detergent. After scrubbing the floor, gently use a plastic scraper to peel the paint off.
If the stain is still there, then try rubbing alcohol, or more effectively, liquid floor wax to get rid of all the stubborn paint.
Some cleaning chemicals can actually melt the plastic, so I would highly recommend using vegetable oil (coconut, olive oil,..) to soften the paint and gently scrape the paint away. After that, wash the oil left with soap and warm water.
This may be the trickiest case since we do not want to soak a wooden table with liquids like vegetable oil or scrape out a piece of it, which all make the wooden furniture less valuable and fashionable.
Therefore, just use denatured alcohol, dry rag, and start to scrub it until the stain goes off. This can take a lot of time, but trust me, it will work.
Nail polish remover, or even white vinegar, contains 1 miraculous chemical, which is known as acetone. This is a strong liquid that can dissolve stains, nail polish, or even some materials which are commonly contained in clothes fabric like modacrylic, acetate, or triacetate.
So next time if you want to use nail polish remover to remove paint stains from clothes, please be highly cautious and check if your clothes’ material can stand against acetone.
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Although acetone has such a strong, completely unpleasant odor that our instinct tells us that it is toxic, acetone is a fairly benign solvent in vapor form. It means that just by contacting acetone in a short time and unusually, we do not suffer from any serious diseases, only suffer from slight headaches and some temporary annoyance in the nervous system.
In case the cleaned area has discolored, you can try some wood color repair tools like quick-drying markers and wax sticks. Here are some sample products that you should buy to restore the color of the previously stained area: https://www.amazon.com/Weiman-Wood-Repair-System-Kit/dp/B01G92GN08
Baking soda is well known for an effective adsorbent that can remove simple stains. But paint sets into fibers so quickly that baking soda isn’t powerful enough to remove the paint from clothes. Therefore, just try the methods mentioned in this article for the best results.