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Removing Paint from Linoleum

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Paint can stain a linoleum floor. This guide contains suggestions for removing paint stains from a linoleum floor.


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August 12, 2009

How do you remove dried paint from linoleum?

By Pat P. from Lewiston, ID

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August 13, 20090 found this helpful

Do you mean linoleum in classic sense, or do you mean vinyl?

If it's latex paint on vinyl, I'd spray with ordinary window cleaner, homemade works fine, and scrape with a spatula.


If it's old linoleum, I'd try scraping first with just a spatula,

and see if a toothbrush and soap and water wouldn't help on what remains.

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August 18, 20090 found this helpful

Definitely a ditto to what Pikka wrote.

And, hello Lewiston :-) I was born there 55 years ago and remember when The Grade was still one lane each way and a real 'scrape your drawers after the drive' experience ;-) lol! Haven't lived there since I was seven but have been back many times to visit family members still there.

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February 11, 20100 found this helpful

Goo gone works, and magic erasers work sometimes too.

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December 21, 20110 found this helpful

How do I get black dried gloss off linoleum?

By Marv from Manchester, England


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December 25, 20110 found this helpful

Try turpentine. Test small spot first!

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September 18, 20060 found this helpful

How do you get spray paint off of linoleum?

Robin from Tullahoma, TN

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September 21, 20060 found this helpful

I have had luck with removing paint from various surfaces using acetone, it comes in a can and is available in in the hardware section of the store . The stuff is very strong and powerful, so check it out on a small piece of linoleum. It may take the shine off. Most nail polish removers contain acetone you could try that too, if you have some around the house. Good luck. kelly

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August 28, 20130 found this helpful

I have a 1930s linoleum rug with wonderful artwork of cowboys and cowgirls as its pattern. At some point earlier than the 1970s, someone dripped white paint in many spots on it which detracts from the great overall look of this little piece of history.

I haven't tried to figure out if the paint is oil or water-based, (or if it even may have lead it). However, I'm thinking, rather than using a solution of some kind that may cause a chemical reaction with the unidentified paint maybe I could carefully scrape it off. I sure don't want to harm the cowboy, etc. pictures, but I'm thinking the pattern may be deeper into the linoleum than just on the surface of it. Thank you for any suggestions on how to remove these paint drips.


By Jody

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