Paint splatters on your tiles can be difficult to clean. Usually, ceramic floors are made with longevity in mind but if you’re not careful, you can easily harm the enamel finish of the tile. Tiles generally come in different glaze finishes, so you should choose the safest way of cleaning the paint spatters without harming the surface of the tiles. So that is the topic of today’s discussion. Whichever cleaning method catches your eye, be sure to test it out first on a smaller area to ensure that you won’t damage your tiles.
Scraping off the paint splatters
Removing paint from tiles can be as easy as scraping it from the surface. You can try this method only if the paint has dried out completely. Use a putty knife with rounded corners for the task but beware of the angle at which you’re holding the tool. Always scrape on a slope angle while pressing the blade close to the tile’s surface. This will prevent you from scratching and damaging the glaze.
Cleaning paint with paint
There’s this basic principle in chemistry that the same solution is capable of dissolving itself – “oil dissolves oil”. Use this method if the paint splatter hasn’t dried out completely. Apply a thin coat of paint on top of the existing splatter and wait for 10-15 minutes for the first layer of paint to loosen up. Then use a paper towel to wipe it from the tiles. Be gentle and avoid spreading the paint as this will create a bigger problem than before. This method will not remove the paint completely from your tiles but is a good starting step. Be sure to try out some of the other steps below to completely remove all trace of paint from your tiles.
Commercial paint remover for tiles
This is the easiest and fastest of all the methods mentioned here. The problem is that not all tiles can handle the harshness of chemicals, which is why you need to find a testing area. Apply a small amount of the paint remover to one of the tiles (even if it is a clean one) to see whether it will strip off the glaze. If everything is fine, proceed with applying the solution to a cotton pad and blot the paint splatter with it. Clean the area with a paper towel and finish up by wiping the area with a damp cloth.
Natural paint removing solution for tiles
Now, if the previous method proved out to be too harsh, it’s time to go natural. Create your own tile paint cleaner by mixing equal parts of water and white vinegar. Bring the concoction to a boil and prepare a clean cloth. Next, apply this solution with your cloth on the problem area. Because of the temperature of the vinegar, you’ll see that the paint will start loosening up. Scrub the splatter with a soft brush and repeat the process until the paint is removed from the tiles.
And now you have clean, paint-free tiles! If you want to avoid the hassle of choosing the best possible paint cleaner for tiles, at BathBarn we have a good range of other alternatives and ofcourse a great selection of bathroom tiles. Make sure to check out the products and contact us if you have any questions.