Someone painted on my Hardwood floors :( Any ideas? So the folks who owned the house before my folks bought it clearly half-a$$ed a lot of things before we moved in. They put wall-to-wall carpeting in everywhere (over perfectly good hardwood floors ) Now it is clear that they knew they would be putting in carpeting, so instead of putting down masking tape or drop cloths, they simply just made a mess! I peeled back the carpeting on one of the stairs to see what the floor looks like before I rip the whole thing up. The hardwood looks decent (mostly just dirty) BUT there is quite a bit of paint where they did the cutting in of the stairs. Here are a couple of pics. Does any one know a good way to remove the paint (I am pretty sure it is latex paint) without damaging the hardwood itself? Any good chemicals out there? Or should I just leave the carpet (yuck!!)? Thanks!!!!!!!!!!