What Is the Safest Way to Remove Paint From Laminate Flooring?


If you need to strip paint from laminate flooring, it can seem very difficult to do. You want to make sure that you get all the paint off as easily as you can, but you need to be careful that you don’t harm the laminate flooring in the process. There are a few reliable methods that you can try if you’re stuck with some residues on your laminate floor from a painting project.

Basic Supplies

When you are working with any one of these methods, it’s important that you keep yourself safe. Work with gloves on, and be careful not to touch the chemicals that you use.

Make sure that you have all the materials you will need before you start to remove the paint from the laminate flooring. This includes rags, cleaning supplies for after you remove the paint, and any protective cloths to cover any of the surrounding furniture or areas of the room while you are removing the paint.

Paint Remover

Clean the floor with a vacuum or broom before you apply the paint remover. Make sure that there isn’t any dust or debris left that can scratch the floor. Apply the paint remover to the dried paint on the floor. Let the paint remover sit for a few minutes, so that it has time to work.

After a few minutes have passed, you can try to wipe up the paint remover with a clean rag. If not all of the paint has come off, you can repeat this again with more paint remover.

Once you have managed to remove all of the paint, make sure to wash off the floor. Use water and then a floor cleaner, and allow it to dry before walking across the floor.

Window Cleaner

If you have an ammonia-based window cleaner, this is a great option to try before you need to go to the store and purchase paint remover. It’s likely that you have some window cleaner at home already. Just make sure that it is ammonia-based, or it will not work to remove paint.

Clean the floor off before you start to remove the paint. Make sure that any dust and debris is gone by using a vacuum, broom, and/or a cloth on the floor. Once the floor is clean, spray the ammonia-based window cleaner on the paint spot so that the entire area of paint is covered.

Leave the window cleaner to sit on the paint for a few minutes. Then, scrub off the paint with a clean rag. If not all of the paint is lifted after the first round, you can go back and repeat the process again.

If there is still paint left on the floor, you can try to use acetone nail polish remover. Carefully apply nail polish remover to the paint and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Then, wipe it off the floor with a new, clean rag.

Once the paint is gone, make sure to clean the floor off with water.

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