If you've recently spilled latex paint on one of your home's doorknobs, you may be wondering how to go about removing it. If so, you can rest easy because removing latex paint from a doorknob is a very simple undertaking and can be completed in a timely fashion.
Step 1 - Blot the Stain with Cotton Balls
If the latex paint stain plaguing your doorknob is relatively fresh, you can probably remove it with nothing more than cotton balls and rubbing alcohol. After soaking a cotton ball in some rubbing alcohol, carefully blot the stained area until all the paint has been removed. An absorbent washcloth may be used in place of cotton balls for this step. Once the stain has been successfully removed, you may want to give the doorknob a traditional cleaning.
Step 2 - Apply a Makeshift Compress
If the latex paint stain has had time to dry, you will need to get rid of it with the aid of a compress. Begin this step by firmly wrapping a washcloth around the stained doorknob. Then use a rubber band to hold it securely in place. Next, proceed to pour rubbing alcohol over the rag until it has been vigorously soaked. Take care to place a bucket or wastepaper basket beneath the knob in order to catch any dripping. Let the compress sit for at least half an hour, after which the paint should be soft enough to be wiped away with a washcloth that has been soaked in warm water. If the compress fails to rid your doorknob of its latex paint stain, you may want to consider having the knob replaced.