Getting rid of paint spots on hardwood floors

Q: I’ve got paint spots on my newly installed, pre-finished hardwood floors. What is the best way to remove them without harming the wood floor?

A: If it’s latex, a damp cloth, and rubbing. If oil based, perhaps some mineral spirits on a cloth and pressure from a thumbnail.

Hardwood speckled with paint

Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: The hardwood floors in the upstairs portion of the house that we bought has been speckled with paint. What would be the easiest way to to get rid of the paint?

A: Is the finish on the floors a polyurethane or wax? If it is latex paint, and especially if it is fairly fresh, a cloth a little bit wetter than just damp, with warm water, and lots of elbow grease, may get it off. Or a fine nylon abrasive pad, trying not to damage the finish. Otherwise buffing with a floor polisher machine and a fine screen pad, or fine sandpaper, done by hand will likely work. This would require a recoat of the floor.

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Stubborn specks of paint

Related Q: I have a Glitsa finish on my hardwood. I’ve noticed stubborn specks of paint stuck on the hardwood after I had the house painted, small specks. They won’t come off with light rubbing. How do I remove them?

A: If it isn’t oil based paint a bit of warm water and some rubbing should remove it if it is fairly recent.

Paint dropped on hardwood floors

Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: After removing an old carpet I discovered paint had been dropped on the hardwood floor in several places. What is the best way to remove this?

A: If it is latex paint, it may still be possible, with a bit of water and elbow grease and a buffing pad or steel wool to soften and remove the paint. If it is oil paint, perhaps a hand scraper could remove it.

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