How to Remove Gloss Paint From a Stained Wooden Floor

Updated February 21, 2017

Stained wood floors are floors that have been treated with a stain used to protect and enhance the look of the wood. The stain makes it easier to maintain and clean the surface of the floors. Most liquids can be removed from a stained floor with just a damp cloth. Spilt gloss paint requires more effort, especially if it has dried, but can be removed from wooden floors with a few common household items.

Wipe as much of the gloss paint up with a damp cloth or paper towels if the paint is still wet.

Wet the paint with warm water and liquid soap. Mr. Clean all-purpose cleaner works well in cleaning up paint stains.

Rub a sponge over the stain, working the soap and water into the paint. The all-purpose cleaner will break down and soften the paint.

Scrape away the paint using a scraper tool. A putty knife or razor blade will lift the paint. Be careful when scarping the paint away, making sure not to scratch the wood finish.

Wipe the wooden floor with a sponge and warm water to remove the remaining paint residue.

Dry the area with a soft cloth.


Remove spilt paint as soon as possible. The longer the paint has to dry, the more difficult it is to remove. Test a small area of the wood floor with the scraper ensuring that the scraper doesn't cause damage.

Things You'll Need

  • Liquid soap (such as Mr. Clean all-purpose cleaner)
  • Sponge
  • Scraper or putty knife
  • Razor blade
  • Soft cloth


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