Sean asked: How do I remove paint from non-slip vinyl flooring? It’s dried paint and a lot of it. I have tried a lot of stuff, but can’t shift it. It is black non-slip vinyl.
Non-slip vinyl flooring can take many forms, but this simple fix should remove dried paint from any one of them. A word of caution, however, be sure to spot test this method in a hidden area. It’s almost guaranteed to remove the paint, but there’s a chance it may fade the color of some non-slip vinyl floorings.
You Will Need:
- Brakleen or other brake cleaner
- Eye protection
- Rubber gloves
- Non-slip vinyl protector (use one recommended by the manufacturer of your floor)
Steps to Remove the Paint:
- Make sure you wear eye protection and rubber gloves when working with Brakleen or other brake cleaners. Brake cleaner can cause severe irritation to the skin.
- Spray the bake cleaner directly onto the dried paint.
- Allow it to set on the paint for 30-60 seconds, then begin wiping the paint away with a rag.
- Repeat the process if any of the paint remains.
- Wipe the entire area clean.
- Apply non-slip vinyl protector following all label directions.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Work as quickly as possible with brake cleaner. The longer you leave it on the floor, the more likely it is to cause fading.
- If your paint spill is “neat,” it may be possible to apply Brakleen directly to the dried paint without having it come in immediate contact with the floor. This reduces the chance of damage to the non-slip vinyl.
- Brake cleaner is considered a hazardous waste, so be sure to dispose of soaked rags properly. Consult your state or local laws for proper treatment of waste.