Posted on: 18 May 2016Share
If you recently painted the walls in your home's living room with latex paint and accidentally hung up vinyl blinds over the windows before the paint dried completely, you may have noticed paint spots on some of the vinyl slats as a result. Learn how to remove the paint with the following steps and restore the blinds to the condition they were in prior to hanging them.
Materials To Use
- large towels
- bucket of warm water
- plastic scraper
- rubbing alcohol
- soft cloths
- mild detergent
- latex paint
Take The Blinds Down And Remove As Much Paint As Possible
Lay a couple large towels on the floor. Take the blinds down and place them on top of the towels with the sides that have paint stains on them facing upwards. Soak the paint spots with a sponge that has been dipped in warm water to help soften them. Wait a few minutes for the water to penetrate the paint spots. Use the edge of a plastic putty knife to carefully pry the paint spots from the vinyl. Do not press the edge of the tool firmly against the vinyl while completing this step because it could leave visible marks in parts of each blind.
Use Rubbing Alcohol To Remove Any Paint That Remains
Pour some rubbing alcohol onto a soft cloth. Move the cloth firmly from side to side over any paint that remains on the vinyl. Add more rubbing alcohol to a clean part of the cloth if you are not able to remove all of the paint with the first treatment. Add a few drops of mild detergent to a clean bucket of water. Stir the contents in the bucket until suds appear.
Apply some of the soapy solution to a clean cloth. Wipe each slat that was treated with rubbing alcohol with the cloth. Rinse the cloth with plain water and move it over the same slats when you are done. Dry the vinyl pieces with a towel.
Add More Paint To The Wall And Hang Up The Blinds
If the wall that was recently painted has visible marks in its surface where the blinds were touching it, add more latex paint where needed. Wait for the paint to dry completely. Afterwards, hang the blinds up over the windows. Maintain the blinds by dusting them occasionally and removing any surface stains with soapy water and a soft cloth. Contact a business, such as the House of Drapery for more information.