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It can be challenging to remove paint from grout, and you can create a worse problem if you don’t know how to do it correctly. However, with the right tools and an understanding of the process, you will be able to remove paint from grout. If the paint is still wet, you may be able to wipe it away with a towel or a cloth. However, if it has dried, it is a more involved process. Take a look at the following tips to remove paint from grout.
Use a Solvent
If the paint has dried on the grout, you can remove it with a solvent. Although there are many different products available, you have to be careful to choose one that is made for grout. Otherwise, they can be more abrasive and damage your floor. Rubbing alcohol is a great option because it can remove paint from grout. You shouldn’t place it directly on the grout because it can cause staining and discoloration.
It is important to put the rubbing alcohol on a clean cloth and blot the paint until you have removed it. There are also commercial products that you can use.
A Battery Powered Toothbrush Can Help
If the paint has had a chance to get inside the grout, you need to use a battery powered toothbrush to scrub away the top layer of the grout. This will take the paint stain away. If the paint stain is bigger, you might need to use a solvent with the toothbrush. You need to be patient and take your time. You don’t want to damage the grout.
Remove Oil-Based Paint with Mineral Spirits
If you have used oil-based paint, you will need to use mineral spirits to remove any paint that is on your grout. If you are still having trouble, you might need a stronger solvent, such as acetone or lacquer thinner. The key is to remember that when you use a harsh solvent, it can damage the surrounding tile’s finish. Take your time and work to lift the paint from the grout.
Wipe Away Wet Paint with a Clean Cloth
The easiest way to remove paint from grout is to catch it when it is still wet. Take a clean cloth and dampen it with warm water. You can use a mild detergent with the water if the paint is latex paint. As long as you catch it right away, you should be able to get it off before it penetrates the grout.
Blot Instead of Rubbing
No matter what solvent you are using, you need to make sure that you blot instead of rubbing. If you rub the paint, you are likely to drive it deeper into the grout. Grout is porous, and you may end up needing to replace the grout if you rub it too deep in.
Take the clean cloth and the solvent, and blot the paint until it loosens and lifts from the grout. If you go slowly and stay on top of the paint, you will be able to lift it without sending it deeper into the grout.
Jeff Sommers is a vibrant and experienced professional, having been at the helm of ESP Painting, Inc. for 27 remarkable years. As President, he has become an esteemed leader in the Commercial & Residential Construction industry in Oregon, United States. His experience has seen him gain valuable insight and knowledge, making him an invaluable asset to ESP Painting and its customers. With a bubbly personality and upbeat attitude, Jeff always looks ahead to the future as he continues his leadership journey toward success.