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Removing Paint from Hardwood Floors

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    LESLIE: Jeremy in Missouri has a flooring question. What can we do for you today?

    JEREMY: Yes, ma’am. My wife and I, we’ve just purchased a first home and …
    LESLIE: Hey, congratulations.
    JEREMY: Yeah, thank you very much. It’s been a fun ordeal. (Leslie chuckles) And we just spent, really, the whole last couple of days painting almost every room in the house …
    TOM: OK.
    JEREMY: … and we had our in-laws come and help with us, which was great. The only downside is not everyone was as careful about splatter and tracking paint around.
    LESLIE: Uh-huh.
    JEREMY: So I was wondering, what is the best way to get like a latex paint up off of a hardwood floor without ruining the finish or doing anything like that? Because this whole house is just gorgeous hardwood floors.
    TOM: And you’ve never heard of the term dropcloth? (Leslie and Jeremy chuckle)
    JEREMY: Well, you know there’s something – we caught people stepping in it and tracking it around the house. (chuckles)
    LESLIE: Yay! I love a shoeprint.
    JEREMY: Yeah, so we had it where I thought we needed it but it didn’t get everywhere else, so …
    TOM: What I think you could do is you could use a Scotch pad. You’ll find that the latex paint doesn’t stick real well to the finish, the clear finish, on the hardwood floors. So if you use like a Scotch-Brite, like one of those green pads – it’s like a Scotch-Brite pad on one side and a sponge on the other –
    LESLIE: Mm-hmm.
    JEREMY: Sure.
    TOM: – it will probably rub that paint right off.
    LESLIE: Yeah, you might need to dip it into some water and even some like dish soap or something; you might have to do it a couple of times.
    TOM: Yeah, but it should come off and it shouldn’t have any bad effect on the finish. You can also …
    JEREMY: OK, so it shouldn’t scratch that at all.
    TOM: Yeah, you can also take like a credit card or a plastic putty knife or something like that and actually scrape it off, too.
    LESLIE: Yeah, and there’s – you know Goof Off or like Goo Gone; those products that are used to get rid of like stickers when you peel something off of glass?
    JEREMY: Sure.
    LESLIE: There’s actually – Goo Gone makes one that’s called the Painter’s Pal, which sort of just disintegrates like the latex paint splatter and not harm the hardwood floor. You could try that.
    JEREMY: Oh, sure. Yeah. OK, well thank you all very much. Appreciate your help.
    TOM: You’re welcome, Jeremy, and good luck with that house. Call us on your next project, OK? (Leslie chuckles)
    JEREMY: Will do.
    TOM: Alright, thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

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