How to Remove Red Tempera Paint Stains From Vinyl Tile Floors
What You'll Need:
- Baking Soda
- Nylon Scrubber Sponge
- Paint Thinner
- Rubber Gloves
- Cleaning Rags
You love to see your children create works of art by using tempera paint -- until you realize you have a red tempera paint stain on your vinyl tile floor! A red tempera paint stain can be a hard one to remove from your floors, but using the right method can make it happen.
Like any stain, the quicker you get to a tempera paint stain, the easier it will be to remove from your vinyl floor tiles. Don't let a tempera paint stain set it, if at all possible. If you do, it will be more difficult to remove.
To remove a red tempera paint stain from your floor, try the least harsh method first. Sometimes, a little scouring is all it takes to get the stain up. Use baking soda first:
- Wipe up any wet paint completely.
- Dampen a nylon scrubber sponge.
- Sprinkle baking soda on the stain.
- Gently rub the stain with the scrubber sponge until it is removed, using a clean section of the sponge as the sponge becomes stained.
- Wipe up any remaining baking soda with a clean damp rag.
Sometimes, a paint stain requires a bit more than just scouring to remove. Mineral spirits or paint thinner are the best way to get these stains out of a vinyl floor tile, but you must be careful when using paint thinner on vinyl floors. Oversaturate vinyl with paint thinner, and you could dissolve the tile. Follow these instructions for using paint thinner very carefully:
- Put on rubber gloves.
- Open windows or doors, and turn off any pilot lights or other sources of ignition.
- Barely dampen a cleaning rag with paint thinner.
- Gently rub the stain with the cleaning rag until the stain is removed, using a clean section of the rag as it becomes stained.
- Wipe up any remaining residue with a clean damp rag.
The key to keeping your vinyl floor tiles looking great is keeping them clean and attacking stains as soon as you see them. With care, your vinyl floor tiles can last for generations.