How to Remove Oil-Base Paint Stains


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­Painting is a quick and easy way to update a roo­m. Follow these stain removal tips to make sure your household surfaces don’t become innocent victims of your home-improvement efforts.

The first step in removing paint stains is to identify the stained material.­­­

­Below are the most common types of materials that can become paint-stained, with steps on how to remove oil-base paint from each:

  • ­Non-washable fibers such as Acetate, Burlap, Fiberglass, Silk,Triacetate, Wool
  • Washable fibers such as Acrylic Fabric, Cotton, Linen, Modacrylic,Nylon, Olefin, Polyester, Spandex
  • Hard surfaces such as Acrylic Plastic, Plexiglas, Polyurethane,Vinyl Clothing
  • Flooring such as Asphalt, Cork, Linoleum, Vinyl Tile
  • Bamboo or cane
  • Stone surfaces such as Bluestone, Concrete, Flagstone, Granite,Limestone, Masonry Tile, Sandstone,Slate, Terrazzo
  • Brick
  • Carpet (synthetic or wool)
  • Ceramic Glass/Tile, Glass
  • Grout
  • Leather or suede
  • Wood


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