How To Get Paint Off Tiles? 3 Actionable Methods


Call it an accidental splatter from a paint job or a mistake from your house painter- paint left on the ceramic tiles ruin the glaze of it.

Like it or not you’ve to step up to get rid of the situation. But how to get paint off tiles without calling up for a paid service?

Go through the three proven methods below, each dealing with a different version of the situation.

Seems promising? We’re sure it will be worth your attention. Let’s start-

Are All Paints The Same (to remove) When Stuck to Tiles?

Before fighting, you need to estimate how strong your enemy is, right? For this exact reason, you need to know what you are dealing with before actually stepping into the guide of paint removal from tiles.

So, what kind of paints do we usually get to see on tiles? Simply put, they are of three kinds in terms of toughness-

  • Type 1: Discrete splatters.
    Difficulty level: Easy
  • Type 2: Dried, loosen, and cured paint.
    Difficulty level: Intermediate
  • Type 3: Stubborn paint on damaged tiles
    Difficulty level: Hard.

Of course, the way of dealing with each of them will not be identical to each other. Hence, we’ll continue with the discussion where the methods of cleansing will be very paint-type-specific. We hope it helps you to restore the tile faster and better.

Guide 1 of 3: Getting Paint Splatters off Tiles

This sort of situation often takes place due to a bit carelessness when you’re painting your walls or ceilings and the tile floor was somewhat unprotected. Usually, people get to notice these splatters right away and get to remove them from the tiles.

However, here’s what you need

Tools You’d Need 

  • A utility knife.
  • Dry/wet mop or dampen rag.
  • Protective gears.

Step 1: Try Scraping on A Sample Area 

We’ll go by scraping the paint splatters in the first place. Use a utility knife to do that, keeping it at an angle of 45 degrees while scraping. Make sure to be wearing protective clothes and gears and hold the knife with tried palms/gloves.

Step 2: Check your progress

After about 20-60 seconds, wipe away the loosen up paints and look at the tile area. If you find the glaze intact and get the paint removed, we’re going well. Proceed with the rest of the splatters.

Keep going on like this for all of the splatters around the tile area.

Step 3: Wipe-clean The Tile Area

By the end of step 2, all of the paint splatters should be turned into loosening up paint dust on the tile. To clean the mess up, you can use a dry or wet mop. Also, a dampen up rag will do the job just fine.

In case you missed some of the splatters as they’re covered with paint dust, repeat from step 2 once again.

Guide 2 of 3: Getting Dried & Loosened Paint Splatters off Tiles

When some splatters or patches of paint stay unnoticed for a few days, they dry up and turn into something that would take more than ‘scraping’ to remove from the tile. Also, we have to keep an eye on the tile as well, so that whatever paint removal method we go through doesn’t harm the tile itself.

Unlike ‘Guide 1’, you’d need a power tool here. On top of that, this is the list of tools that you’d need-

Tools You’d Need 

  • A heat gun.
  • Plastic scraper.
  • Wet/damped rag.
  • Protective gears.

Step 1: Divide The Tile Area-wise

Assuming that the paint patches are through a decent amount of area, we have to divide it into square feet. Once done, we’ll proceed with one square foot of the area at a time and repeat it for the rest of the tile.

Step 2: Start Heating the Paint

As the paint is in a dried-up state, you need to soften them up at first. Using the heat gun, set it to the proper temperature (depends on paint type and thickness of the paint layer).

Once temperature is set, keep heating the tile gently. You must ensure that you don’t scorch a spot on the tile itself. Go layer-by-layer if you don’t confidence with this.

Step 3: Scrap with The Plastic Scraper and Clean

As soon as the paint is done loosening up, hold the plastic scraper at 45 degrees of angle and keep scraping. This will bring out the paint in forms of strips.

Make sure not to start scraping from the middle. Start from a corner and go sidewise.

Once done, clean up the area with a damped rag. Make sure to clean it up immediately after the paint has been scrapped off.

Guide 3 of 3: Getting Stubborn Paint Splatters off Tiles

We’re going to put our masterstroke right on in this part of the process, where the toughest kind of paint is up for removal from the tile surface.

Often, this kind of paint stays on the tile for weeks or even months and leaves damage on the tiles already. So, the process needs to be super effective where the pain is if you want to remove it, and no further harms is made to the already damaged tiles.

Tools You’d Need 

  • Paint remover. (available at )
  • Clean rag.
  • Household cleaner(white vinegar).
  • Damp cloth.
  • Plastic scraper.
  • Luke-warm water and soap mix.

Step 1: Prepare the Area

Before everything else, we need to prepare the tile area with a white vinegar solution(50%-50%). With a wet cloth rinsed in the cleaning solution, wipe off the paint surface. This will neutralise the surface.

Step 2: Start Applying The Paint Remover

Take a clean, dry rag and take a few drops of paint remover solution on it. Now, target a small affected area and apply it right on.

While doing so, make sure to follow the guideline of usage dose mentioned on the label of the paint removal chemical.

Give it a few minutes, and if the paint seems to loosen up, we’re good to proceed.

Step 3: Keep Going for the Rest of The Tile Area

Repeat the same process for the rest of the tiles and vary the number of wipings based on how thick the paint is. Also, keep an eye on the tile condition as well.

Step 4: Scrape and Clean

Just like we mentioned before, use a plastic scraper to separate the loosened up paint from the surface. Don’t scrape too hard, as you may damage parts of the tiles.

Once done, clean off the area with warm, soapy water.

Call us direct at Earles Paints on 07 4121 5202 for all the information you need and visit us : Earle Paint Place Maryborough.

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