How To Remove Latex Paint From Hardwood Flooring In Your Home's Living Room

If you recently repainted your living room and latex paint accidentally spilled onto the edges of the hardwood flooring in your home, remove it and restore the flooring to its original condition by completing the following steps.


  • hot water
  • sponge
  • disposable gloves
  • denatured alcohol
  • heat gun or hairdryer
  • plastic putty knife
  • hardwood floor cleaner
  • lint-free cloths
  • wood stain
  • varnish

Remove Fresh Paint 

If the latex paint hasn't hardened completely, use a sponge that has been dipped in hot water to blot up as much as possible. Avoid moving the sponge back and forth over the paint, however, because this could spread the paint onto other parts of the flooring.

If the spots of paint are thick and the damp cloth isn't effectively working to eliminate them, put on a pair of disposable gloves and pour a small amount of denatured alcohol onto a clean sponge and press the sponge down firmly over each paint spot. Pour more denatured alcohol onto the sponge if needed until you have eliminated all of the paint that hasn't dried.

Remove Dry Paint

Heat up dried paint with a heat gun or hair dryer. Move each tool back and forth over the paint spots for several minutes while holding either tool several inches above the floor. The paint will soften after the heat has been applied. Wedge the tip of a plastic putty knife underneath the edges of the softened paint to help lift them from the floor. Be careful not to point the tip of the tool directly at the floor because it can cause permanent marks in its surface.

Once all of the paint has been eliminated, clean the treated spots on the floor with hardwood floor cleaner and a lint-free cloth. Dry the flooring with another cloth.

Touch Up Stain And Varnish

If the stain and varnish was removed on parts of the floor during the paint removal process, apply a fresh coat of each to the areas where they are missing. Use a lint-free cloth to apply an even coat of stain to each spot. Wait for the stain to dry and add a second coat if the stain isn't as dark as the rest of the flooring. Once the stain dries, add an even coat of varnish to the same areas by using the same method that was used with the stain. Once the varnish dries, the hardwood flooring's appearance will be restored to its original one. Visit to learn more.