How to Remove Latex Paint Stains

By: Editors of Consumer Guide  | 
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Painting ­your house isn't exactly a walk in the park, but if you get latex paint stains on a household surface, an ­afternoon of home improvement can turn into a real mess.

A fresh coat of paint is a relatively easy and inexpensive way to give a room a new look. With a few simple tools like wet or dry spotters and these latex paint stain removal techniques, you can make sure your room keeps looking great.


After you identify the affected material, follow the steps on each page to remove the stain:

  • Fibers such as acetate, burlap, carpet (synthetic or wool), fiberglass, rayon, silk, triacetate and wool
  • Fabrics such as acrylic fabric, cotton, linen, modacrylic, nylon, olefin, polyester and spandex, as well as leather and suede
  • Surfaces like acrylic plastic, bamboo, cane, ceramic tile, enamel, glass, paint (flat or gloss), plexiglas, polyurethane, porcelain, stainless steel, and vinyl
  • Flooring such as asphalt, cork, linoleum or vinyl tile
  • Stone surfaces such as bluestone, ceramic, concrete, glass, granite, masonry, tile (and grout), sandstone, slate and terrazzo, as well as brick