End Of Lease Cleaning - Removing Spray Paint From Interior Walls

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When it comes to carrying out your end of lease cleaning job, the last thing you want to discover is a large spritz of aerosol paint splashed across an exterior wall, woodwork or curtains.  Luckily, you can get rid of spray paint accidents, leaving your rental property as it was when you moved in and ensuring that you'll get your deposit back.  Here's how to do it.

What you'll need

  • wooden board
  • clean cloths
  • olive oil
  • turpentine
  • washing-up liquid
  • plastic putty knife
  • pressure washer
  • a wire brush
  • lacquer thinner fluid

How to do it

Removing spray paint from fabric curtains

  1. Start by placing the marked fabric flat on a piece of wooden board.
  2. Place a few drops of olive oil onto the paint and leave it to soak in for a few minutes.
  3. The olive oil should start to loosen the paint.  Use a plastic putty knife to carefully scrape away the paint.
  4. Dampen a cloth with turpentine and use it to wipe the olive oil and remaining paint from the curtain.
  5. Now hand-wash the curtain in a mild solution of washing-up liquid and warm water to get rid of the remaining turpentine.
  6. Rinse the curtain thoroughly in clean, warm water.

Removing spray paint from brick and cement

  1. Start by pressure washing the surface to remove as much of the spray paint as you can.
  2. Next, apply a coat of lacquer thinner to the paint, and allow it to soak in for a few minutes.
  3. Take a wire brush and use it to scrub away the remaining spray paint.
  4. Use a pressure washer to blast the surface again, getting rid of any residual lacquer thinner and paint.

Removing spray paint from vinyl, wood, fibreglass and plastic

  1. First of all, place a few drops of olive oil onto a cloth and apply the oil to the paint.
  2. Take a soft cloth and use it to wrap the wide end of the plastic putty knife.
  3. Now scrape the paint away using the wrapped knife, protected by the cloth.

When it comes to an end of lease cleaning job, it's important to leave the house exactly as it was when you moved in.  Aerosol paint overspray can occur when you're undertaking home décor projects.  Use the guidelines given above to remove the unwanted paint and ensure that your rental passes the landlord's end of tenancy inspection with flying colours and your deposit is returned in full.