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How to Properly Clean Up After Painting

Inspiration has hit and you’ve repainted! You’ve chosen creative colours for either some indoor or outdoor walls which has added the personality and pizzaz you wanted. Now, the hard part starts – the clean up! Painting is a great way to add some personality to any room, but it can be tough to know how to properly clean up paint stains after the job is done.

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Cleanipedia is here to help! In this easy-to-use guide, we will show you how to clean up paint quickly and easily so that you don't have to worry about ruining your furniture or flooring.

How to Clean Paint Stains

Paint splatter is a common side-effect of painting. Even the most professional painting teams will have to deal with paint stains. When it comes to how to remove paint stains, we’re going to give you the lowdown on how to remove splatter from a variety of common surfaces.

How to Remove Paint Stain from Tiles

There are a few easy ways that you can remove paint stains or splatter from tiles, in fact, it’s the easiest surface to do it on. Here’s how:

  • Invest in a good-quality paint scraping tool. Use gentle strokes to scrape off the paint from the tiles with the scrapper. Be sure not to scratch the tile or crack the tile with too much force.

  • The new Handy Andy product range promises to remove stubborn stains leaving no harsh chemicals behind as residue and will not damage surfaces either.

  • We also recommend using the Handy Andy UltraFast Spray. Spray it directly onto the stain and leave it for one minute. Then take an old toothbrush and apply a little elbow grease. This product not only cleans tough stains but, it cleans limescale and mould with its fast-acting molecules.

How to Remove Paint Stains from Fabric

If you haven’t managed to use an old sheet or drop-sheet to cover your furniture and fabrics in and around the walls you were painting, then you’re probably (actually definitely) going to have to contend with a few paint stains and splatters on these things. Here’s how to remove oil paint stains from fabric with ease:

  • Spray hair spray onto the paint stains. Cover the stains well with the hair spray and then gently rub the stain with a soft-bristled brush. Wash the fabric in the washing machine on a gentle cycle normally thereafter.

  • You can try using your laundry detergent too. Apply OMO Liquid Detergent directly to the stain or apply a paste made with OMO Washing Powder and gently work in the tough stain-removing product. Don’t forget to dab with a clean, wet cloth to prevent detergent stains or residue from being left behind.

How to Remove Paint Stains from Glass

If the paint splatter has reached a window or even a glass table, it can be difficult to remove without scratching the glass surface. If you’re wondering, how do you get rid of paint stains on glass, then use these easy tips to help:

  • We recommend using a product like Handy Andy Window & Glass Spray for streak-free windows with minimal effort.

  • Grab your bucket of water.

  • Add your window cleaning detergent into the bucket of water or spray it directly on the stained glass window.

  • Grab a scrubber and a sponge to get the job done. A scrubber will come in handy if you have more than one window to clean, as they are easy to manoeuvre! Get a microfibre cloth to wipe your glass windows once you are done cleaning them.

Top Tips for Painting as Cleanly as Possible

The best way to avoid having to spend hours cleaning up after you’ve painted is to paint as neatly as possible while you’re doing it. You can also use these tips to clean up any spills as soon as they happen:

  • Keep a cloth that has been soaked in rubbing alcohol or turpentine near you to clean up any splatters or spills that you see as you go along.

  • Always put a drop-sheet down in the area you’re painting to cover the floor and any furniture that is in the area, this will help prevent splatter from settling onto flooring and furniture for the most part.

  • If you get some paint on the floor then do not panic, Handy Andy All-in-1 Floor Cleaner will help get your floors spick-and-span. This floor cleaner cuts through tough stains and removes 99% of germs.

  • If you’re painting near windows, cover the window in newspaper with masking tape to prevent the splatter from getting onto the glass.

  • Paint slowly. Try not to be in a rush when you’re painting. Go slowly to avoid making a lot of mess.

Read through our cleaning tips and tricks today for more ideas.

FAQs

How to remove paint stains from the floor?

When it comes to tiles, cement or laminate, it's best to use a paint scrapper to gently lift any paint stains or splatter from the floor.

How to remove paint stains from tiles?

Using a paint scrapper, gently scrape any paint stains off tiled floors. You can also use a dry cloth with a small amount of rubbing alcohol on to lift off any excess paint first.

How to remove stains from walls without removing paint?

A solution of warm water and dishwashing liquid is great for removing stains from walls.

What removes dried paint?

For dried paint on hard surfaces like floor and windows, use a paint scrapper or small razor blade to scrape the paint off.

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