Stephanie asked: How do I clean old paint splashes from a parquet floor? We have recently moved into a new house that has paint splashes all over the parquet floor. We cannot have a carpet or rug, so we need to clean it properly.
Most paints will remove easily from parquet floors with this simple method. If you find the paint won’t budge, however, see the additional tips and advice section for an alternative method that will clean your floor without ruining the finish.
You Will Need:
- Goof Off
- Dull-edged paint scraper, butter knife, or similar
- Soft absorbent cloths or towels
- Mild dishwashing soap
Steps to Remove the Paint:
- Apply Goof Off directly to the paint splashes.
- Wait a couple of moments to allow Goof Off to work.
- For thin layers of paint, simply wipe away with the cloth. For thicker paint spills, use the dull edge of a scraper or knife to carefully peel away the paint.
- Repeat as needed until the stain is gone.
- Once the paint has been removed, wet the second cloth with plain water.
- Add a drop of dishwashing liquid directly to the moist cloth.
- Wipe the work area free of any remaining Goof Off residue.
- Dry the floor completely.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Spot test Goof Off in a hidden area before you begin.
- Do not get parquet floors wet. Make sure you use a damp (not wet) cloth for cleaning. Too much moisture will ruin the floor.
- If you notice damage to the finish of the floor, it’s best to reapply a protective layer to help guard against future damage.
- If Goof Off doesn’t work, odds are good that you have an oil-based paint. Removal will be a bit more difficult because traditional paint thinners will ruin the finish of the parquet. Instead, try fine steel wool and work on the paint with light, careful strokes until the paint is gone. Remove any small remaining bits of paint with a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol, then buff out any remaining scratches with floor polish.