How To Clean Paint From Vinyl Floors The Best Way

Vinyl flooring is one of the easiest to clean and maintain. But like all flooring it is also vulnerable to staining, including paint stains. If you got a white paint stain in your red vinyl flooring, you can use household items to remove the stain. Remember, the fast you attend to it, the greater are your chances of removing it completely.

Clean Paint From Vinyl Floors

Here is what you need and the steps you need to follow in order to get your blue, green or red vinyl flooring rid of that paint stain.

  • Clean rags
  • Gloves
  • Paper towels or news paper
  • Liquid soap
  • Rubbing alcohol

Steps to follow

1. If the paint stain is still wet, use newspaper or paper towel to soak up it. With a dampened clean cloth remove any paint leftover.

2. But if the paint stain is dry, then saturate a clean rag in rubbing alcohol and place the rag over the affected area for about 10-15 minutes. With another clean rag soaked in rubbing alcohol wipe off the rest of the paint stain.

3. To clean the rubbing alcohol from the vinyl flooring use a clean, soapy cloth. Rinse the affected area with water and dry it with a clean rag.

Extra tips

  • In any circumstance use ammonia on your vinyl flooring, as it will cause the vinyl to erode.
  • Use mineral spirits instead of rubbing alcohol.
  • Do not use abrasive scrubbers and cleaners to clean your vinyl floor as they can cause damage on the surface and leave a dull look at the area.
  • An effective solvent for cleaning enamel paint stains is PEC-12. But be careful while dealing with it because it is highly toxic.
  • If none of this work, you can apply a paint stripper to remove the paint. But before you do this, check with a professional to find a stripper that will remove the paint without causing damage to the flooring.
  • To remove other types of stain such as wine and fruit juice stains from your vinyl flooring use a mixture of four parts of water and one part of household bleach.


  • When using mineral spirits, rubbing alcohol or any kind of solvent, make sure to keep all windows open and fans working.
  • If you decide to use a solvent to remove the paint stain, test the solvent first on a hidden area of your vinyl flooring to ensure the solvent won’t cause any damage on the vinyl flooring.

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