Clean Paint Drops Off Any Surface

When you decide to take on a painting project at home to freshen a room in your home, it is so frustrating when you find drops of paint on the floors or furniture. Our team has come together to share the best ways to clean paint drops off any surface to give you a professional finish!


The best way to remove any paint drops from the kitchen countertop without causing damage is to raid the cupboard! Grab yourself a bottle of olive oil and an old cloth or rag. Apply a thin coat of oil to the paint drops. Rub in circular motions and this should remove the paint. For the more stubborn splatters, wrap your cloth over a plastic putty knife and scrap, applying an even, light pressure. As a complete last resort, you can dab a dry cloth with mineral spirits and wipe the paint. Ensure to then clean the surface to avoid any discolouration or damage to the countertop.

Carpet & Rugs

Carpet and rugs would have to be at the top of the list of places you DON’T want paint to drip. In this worst case scenario, it is easier to remove the paint before it dries. Grab a paper towel or rag, and dab the affected area. Don’t rub, this will push the paint deep into the carpet fibers. If you can get your hands on glycerin (typically used in making icing or nut bars), dab your cloth with it as it can help loosen the paint from the fibers. In more extreme cases of paint splatter, you can resort to white vinegar or nail polish remover. 

If you come across an older paint spill, you may need to consider a commercial cleaning agent like WD-40. BUT, you must perform a spot test in an inconspicuous area. This is to ensure no major stains will be caused by these types of products.


This can be a tricky procedure, as you don’t want to scratch the glass in the process of removing paint. The best way to start this process is to grab dish soap and some warm water. Using a rag or cloth, thoroughly wet the window. Grab a safety razor and try to angle it 45 degrees from the glass and scrape the paint. Apply even, light pressure and adjust as needed. Ensure that you continue to wet the window during this process as it prevents scratches.

Vinyl Floors

When it comes to cleaning vinyl floors, start with dish soap in warm water. With a rag remove as much of the paint as possible (if it is still wet). For any remaining residue you can use a plastic paint scraper. Or for tougher spills you’ll need to consider rubbing alcohol or mineral spirits. Once again, choose an area to spot test and be sparing when using these solvents as they can dull the sheen of your floor. Another option for stubborn splatters is gently scrub with superfine steel wool and liquid floor wax.

Wood Floors

Many homes showcase beautiful wood flooring, and after a renovation you want them to look their best. If you come across splatters or drops of paint the best way to treat it is using denatured alcohol. With a clean rag, dab the cloth and rub the drops until they disappear. This best works for removing latex based paint while preserving the floor. If you have oil based paint, use the same technique however use mineral spirits. For either paint types, use the denatured alcohol or mineral spirits sparingly to prevent discolouration of the floor. 

When finished removing the paint, use a household cleaner to wipe over the area to remove any residue. If you find that after this process the floor has slightly discoloured, there are touch up pens for wood available at your local hardware store.

Polished Concrete

For those with polished concrete floors, this is one of the easier floors to clean paint drops from. To start, use a paint scraper to loosen the paint and vacuum the area. Next, use a paint stripper following the instructions on the bottle. Depending on the paint this can take between an hour to overnight. Once you have finished the outlined instructions on the paint stripper, use household cleaner to remove the residue and polish for a seamless finish.


If you happen to splatter paint onto your brick walls, the best way to clean paint drops is to apply paint stripping gel or paste. This can be found in your local hardware store and only involves a soft rag. Soak the rag in the gel or paste. Then cover the affected area of the brick and let it sit as specified on the particular product you purchased. When you remove the rag, you should see that the paint peels away with it. Rinse the remaining gel or paste from the wall with water and a scrubbing brush.


Be careful with your plastic goods. If they have paint drips or splatters, your typical paint removing solutions can melt the plastic. In this instance, you will need to carefully scrape away as much dried paint as you can with a plastic putty knife. A great tip here is to use vegetable oil to soften the paint to make scrapping easier. For tougher splatters, look at applying small amounts of nail polish remover of denatured alcohol. Be cautious here as some plastics may be susceptible to damage to these solvents. Once all paint is removed, clean away the solvent residue with dish soap and warm water.


If you unfortunately drip paint onto your favourite couch or cushion, there are some ways to revive the fabric. For water based paint, while still wet use a blunt knife or spatula to scrape away most of the paint. If it has dried use a bristle brush like a tooth brush to agitate and remove most of the paint. Once you have removed most of the paint, dab the spot with a damp rag until it begins to fade. Then, mix together a small solution 2:1 of water and laundry detergent and continue to dab the spot. Once the stain is gone, use a damp paper towel to remove the solution residue. 

For more stubborn paint stains, there are paint removers available specifically for fabric and paint types that will revive your furnishings!

Want To Look For A Professional Instead?

You now know how to clean paint drops off any surface! But, do you want to save yourself the hassle? We perform a professional clean after the project is finished. So you’ll have complete peace of mind that there won’t be a stray drop! Contact our friendly team, and be reassured that paint will only go on the walls!