In the process of finishing work, paint can be anywhere and even the protective measures taken are not able to fully protect against splashes. Often the paint also gets on the tiles. If you immediately noticed this problem, then it will not be difficult to how clean dirty tiles, but what if the paint is dry and adheres firmly to the surface?

There are many methods for removing paint from various surfaces, and the choice of one or another of them depends on the type of paint, the degree of contamination and the characteristics of the material with which it comes into contact. In the case of tiles, the latter factor has a particularly important role – tiles with cracks or textured surfaces are especially difficult to get rid of dirt from tiles. But nothing is impossible, and we have prepared for you as many as three ways to remove paint, which can be applied both individually and, in especially difficult cases, in combination.

1 Way

If paint covers the tile with individual strokes or splashes, the first step is to try to scrape it off. A safety razor blade or a utility knife may be suitable for this. For maximum efficiency, the angle between the tool and the surface should be approximately 45 degrees. Use the blades carefully so as not to injure or damage the top layer of the tile. Do not forget about your safety – using glasses and a respirator will help protect your eyes and respiratory system from dust and small particles of paint. It is better to start in an inconspicuous place – if you see that a layer of glaze is removed along with the paint or scratches appearing on the surface, then you should stop cleaning and try other methods. But, in most cases, the blade manages to achieve good results 

2 Way

Old, dry paint that cannot be scraped off can be removed by heating. A construction hairdryer is usually used as a cleaning tool. Before starting the heating, ensure the ventilation of the room, as many paints, when exposed to temperature, begin to smell strongly and even release substances hazardous to the human body. When using this method, it is best to divide the contaminated surface into small areas, measuring 30×30 centimetres or a little more. You need to heat the paint gradually, continuously moving the nozzle of the hairdryer. To begin with, set the air heating temperature to the middle position and then, if necessary, increase it. With this method of removing paint, it is very important to ensure that the dirt is softened and not charred. In that case, if the paint starts to burn, there is a chance that grey or yellowish stains will remain on the tile. You need to be especially careful with tiles in light colours.

When the paint is hot enough to become sticky and soft, take a plastic scraper and start removing it. As with the blade, the tool must be held at a 45-degree angle to the tile surface. It is necessary to act with a scraper starting from the edges of the tile and moving towards its centre. In the process, you will notice that the paint will begin to harden and in this case, you will have to pick up the hairdryer again.

3 Way

If the first two cleaning methods did not help, you will have to turn to the most radical, chemical action. Removing paint with various solvents is most effective and works especially well with tiles that have a textured, uneven surface. Also, the method will help clean old tiles covered with small defects and cracks. It should be remembered that such cleaning, although it is the most effective, can be considered the riskiest. If you need to remove paint on large areas, it is worth contacting the manufacturer of the tile and clarifying how safe the material will be in contact with one or another solvent. It is also quite justified to test the chemical on the remnants of tiles or in an inconspicuous place, for example, in a corner or behind furniture.

When in doubt about the chemical resistance of the glazed surface, start with the least aggressive solvents. In some cases, you can get by with ordinary table vinegar, diluted 50 to 50 with water. To be more effective, you can try wetting the stained surface with liquid and letting it sit for a few minutes. To remove softened paint, use the plastic spatula we are already familiar with.

If light solvents do not help, it is worth moving on to more serious ones, which will surely cope with contamination. These solvents include white spirit, gasoline and acetone-based liquids. Before using these substances, testing is simply necessary, since the risk of damage to tiles increases several times.