Repainting is a great way to make your Smyrna property look more attractive before you put it on the market. If you’re not a professional painter, however, you might find that the affair gets messier than you anticipated. Here’s how to remove paint from various interior surfaces.




Removing Paint from the Carpet




The edges of carpets are likely to get some paint splattered here and there. Fortunately, it’s not too hard to remove most latex or water-based paint.




If the paint is wet, blot it  up and don’t rub it around on the carpet. You can use a paper towel or a rag for this. The paint should come off after a bit of blotting




If the paint is dried or paint remains after blotting, hot water and dish detergent can soften it up so you can continue blotting it. Remember not to spread the paint across any more of the carpet than it already stained. What you can’t get up by blotting, try vacuuming after the paint dries again.




For oil paint, the process is more time involved. You’ll want to either use hot water or a steamer to soften up the paint. Once the paint is soft, you’ll have to manually comb or pick it off the carpet fibers. This will break up the stain eventually, but might take some time.




Getting Paint off of Wood




Getting paint off of wood is generally easy enough, but you have to be careful not to damage the surface. You can start by scraping the paint off manually. Use a utility knife or steel wool and go slowly and lightly, avoiding gouging or scratching the wood. Once you get the majority of the stain off, you can use rubbing alcohol to clean the rest up. If rubbing alcohol isn’t doing the job, you can use a product such as paint stripper or mineral spirits to remove the spot. Just make sure whatever you’re using won’t damage the finish on your floor.




Getting Paint off of Linoleum




Linoleum is easy to clean. You can use rubbing alcohol to soften the paint and clean it up with a damp rag. If any paint remains, repeat the process, but gently scrape at the paint to get it off the linoleum. You might want to reseal the linoleum after doing this.




Simple home improvement projects like painting can make your property look fresher, newer, and more inviting to buyers. Ask your Realtor about good shades of paint for your house if you’re not sure what to go with.