How to Remove White Out Off the Floor

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Things You'll Need

  • Putty knife or credit card

  • Clean cloths or paper towels

  • Motsenbocker's Lift Off #2, Oops! Multi-Purpose Remover or WD-40

Removing Wite-Out from floors requires a dissolving product.

"Wite-Out," sometimes spelled "White Out," was created in 1966 by George Kloosterhouse and Edwin Johanknecht. It was the first correction fluid for photostatic copying paper. In 1992, Wite-Out Products, Inc. was acquired by the BIC Corporation. While Wite-Out remains an effective method for correcting printed errors, it can be messy and leave stains. Wite-Out that gets onto a floor can dry and bond to the surface. Removal requires scraping it off and applying a dissolving product.

Step 1

Wipe up as much Wite-Out as possible with a clean cloth. This is useful if the Wite-Out only recently got on the floor

Step 2

Use a putty knife to gently scrape the dried Wite-Out off the floor. The edge of a credit card also may work to prevent scratching a wood-finish floor.

Step 3

Apply Motsenbocker's Lift Off #2, Oops! Multi-Purpose Remover or WD-40. These products work to dissolve any remaining Wite-Out on the floor. Choose one of the products and spray it on the Wite-Out . Let it sit for a minute.

Step 4

Wipe small sections of the floor in a circular motion. Use a clean cloth or paper towel.

Step 5

Apply additional product as needed to dissolve and remove any remaining Wite-Out. Scrape any remaining thick spots with the putty knife or a credit card.


For cracks in the floor, use a toothbrush and the Wite-Out remover.


Jim Franklin

Based in Florida, Jim Franklin started writing professionally in 2009. His articles appear on websites such as eHow, where he covers topics ranging from home improvement to finance. Franklin has a Bachelor of Arts in business management from Florida Atlantic University.