How to Remove Paint from Linoleum Floor

A selection of linoleum floor options.
  • 1-2 hours
  • Beginner
  • 10-30
What You'll Need
Mild detergent
Warm water
Rubbing alcohol
Scouring pad
Linoleum floor sealer
Paint roller
Rubber gloves
Safety goggles

It can be difficult to avoid getting splatters of paint on linoleum floor during a new paint job. Even when you exercise great caution, there are still chances that some paint will get onto the floor. Splatters of paint on the floor don’t do much to enhance the beauty of the room.

If you’re fortunate to spot the paint soon enough, wipe it away immediately. This helps to prevent stains. However, there are times when you’ll only notice the paint after it has dried. This requires more effort to remove. However, it isn’t impossible to remove paint from linoleum flooring. Use the guide below to eliminate the paint from your linoleum floor.

Step 1 - Wash the Stained Area

Place warm water in a small bucket. Add some detergent to make a soapy solution. Avoid detergents with a pH higher than 7, as these can cause discolorations on your linoleum. Use a rag to clean the stained area with the soapy solution. Exercise patience. It should take about five minutes to know if the detergent has worked. In most cases, the detergent should be able to remove latex paints. Remove soap from the floor with a rag dipped in plain water. For stubborn paint, proceed to the next step.

Step 2 - Apply Rubbing Alcohol

Put on rubber gloves to protect your skin from possible irritation from the alcohol. It is also a good idea to wear safety goggles. The fumes from the rubbing alcohol may cause eye irritation. Saturate a rag with rubbing alcohol. Place the rag over the stained area. Press the rag firmly onto the stain. Leave the rag in place for about 30 minutes. The rubbing alcohol contains chemicals which strip the paint from the linoleum.

Step 3 - Scrape Away the Paint

Lift the rag and discard. Examine the area to see if there are any traces of paint. Use a scouring pad to clear residual paint from the linoleum. Scrub gently with the pad. Too much pressure will leave scratches on your linoleum. It is best to use short strokes, going in one direction only. Avoid back and forth motions, as they’re likely to leave marks on the floor.

Step 4 - Clean the Floor

Mix some warm water and mild detergent in a bucket. Dip a rag into the solution. Wring the rag to remove most of the water. Rub the affected area in a circular motion with your wet rag. Use another rag dipped in plain water to rinse the linoleum well. Wipe the area dry with a clean rag. Give the linoleum about one hour to air-dry.

Step 5 - Apply Sealer

It is a good idea to apply a sealer once you’ve eliminated the paint stains. Obtain a suitable sealer from a hardware store. Apply the sealer with the help of a paint roller. Two coats are best for higher protection from stains.