1/14/2017

How to Remove Paint From Linoleum Floor

Linoleum flooring represents a cheap, durable alternative to tiles which is more easily produced and installed. Its ease of use and reliability have made linoleum a popular flooring product for kitchens, bathrooms and other areas which see high foot traffic throughout the typical day. While it’s strong and not at all expensive, linoleum presents some unique concerns which other flooring materials do not. For instance, removing paint from linoleum flooring is rather difficult since the usual methods like steam cleaning can actually cause more damage to linoleum than the harm they would repair. Stick to these steps and you’ll be fine.

First, try to get the paint up while it’s still wet. This should be a natural first step but some people will continue painting and go back to clean up a spill later on. All that time on the floor allows paint to dry, harden and set into the linoleum. Once that happens, getting it off is much more difficult. Because linoleum is non-porous, it should do a good job of deflecting wet or liquid substances, like paint, until they dry. Using hot water and a tough but gentle rag should be enough to fix it at this point.

Useful reference: Choosing the Best Steam Cleaner for Linoleum Floors


Once paint has had a chance to dry and really set on linoleum, it is more difficult to remove. While steam might damage some older linoleum floors, it still works well with newer brands and those which are thicker or denser and therefore less likely to melt. The intense heat and hydration is sure to lift dried out paint up and off of your floor, but be careful of the underlying costs of this cleaning process. If you’re unsure, see if you can’t find out if your linoleum flooring is strong enough to withstand steam cleaning.

If the paint has dried and your linoleum is older or finer than other types, you may be rather limited in your options. You could always try scraping it off, but that would likely damage the flooring beneath and lead to gouging and scratching throughout a room. To remove paint on linoleum flooring once it’s dried, the easiest solution may be to cut an entire new square for the section which has the paint on it. This is clean, precise and easy, plus it won’t cause more damage to your flooring like other repair methods might.

By proceeding with care and following a few practical tips for your linoleum flooring, you can remove that pesky paint without causing more problems.