Have you discovered a stain on a beloved piece of clothing? Never be afraid! Here are the proper removal procedures, regardless of whether the accident was oil-based, acrylic-based, or water-based.

It’s unavoidable. You’re only going to perform some touch-ups, or you accidentally brush up against a still-wet project. The next thing you know, you’ve got paint on your clothing. Don’t be alarmed!

First, determine if the culprit is latex, acrylic, or oil. To test, wipe the stain with rubbing alcohol on a clean white rag: If there is paint on the rag, it is latex. If not, you’ll need the assistance of a paint removal specialist.

While silk and other delicate textiles do not always fair well in the paint cleaning procedure, denim and other cotton frequently come out as good as new. So give these treatments a shot, and you might be able to wear that paint-splattered blouse on your next night out!

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Remove Water-Based Paint from Clothing

If you splashed paint on your shirt while painting your bedroom, it was most likely water-based paint. Indoor and outdoor latex paint, finger paints, acrylic craft paint, and poster paint are all examples of water-based paint. Here’s how to get it off your clothes:

Scrape away any wet paint before running the stain under warm water.
Apply dish soap or laundry detergent to the stain and scrape with a gentle brush.
Launder your clothes as usual.
If the stain is not gone, repeat the process.
If there is any paint left after washing, do not put it in the dryer since the heat can solidify the stain.

Removing Oil and Acrylic Paint from Clothes

Using a spoon or butter knife, scoop off any excess wet paint. If the paint has dried, scrape off as much as you can with a butter knife. Turn the garment inside out and dab the soiled area with a pad of cotton or paper towels.

Pour a paint removal agent, such as paint thinner or turpentine, into a small plastic container, preferably disposable, such as a yoghurt tub, for simple cleanup. Dab the stain with cotton balls or a clean cloth soaked in paint remover. As they take up paint, replace them with new cotton balls or an unused part of the rag, and move the pad beneath every now and again for a clean blotting surface.

Pour a little amount of stain remover directly on the stain and gently scrape it with a toothbrush, front and back, to loosen the paint fibres.

The clothing should be nearly stain-free at this point. Blot the area with a new dry cloth or paper towel pad to absorb the removal agent.

As a last spot treatment, use a little amount of laundry detergent directly to the affected area and softly rub it in. Wash and dry as normal, then proudly wear the item. It is entirely up to you whether or not to reveal its previous paint stain!

Removing Latex Paint from Clothes

If the paint is still wet, act quickly! To prevent the paint from spreading to another part of the clothing, place a pad of clean rags or paper towels right beneath the paint. Then, using a spoon or butter knife, scrape off wet paint, rinse under warm running water, and wipe thoroughly with a clean, dry rag or paper towels. (If you can’t peel your clothing off right away, get rid of the extra as best you can and moisten the area with water until you can.) Turn inside out and fill with warm water from the rear.

As long as the garment is color-safe, liquid dish detergent works wonderfully against paint. (Experiment on an inconspicuous region, such as an inseam, by rubbing in detergent and washing it. Use liquid washing detergent if the item is not colour safe.) Apply the detergent directly to the stain and lather it up with a clean sponge or towel. Continue hand-washing the area with clean cloth pieces, and reposition the padding beneath on a regular basis.

Blot to see how far you’ve gotten, and repeat as required. Then, as normal, wash. Allow the cloth to dry before proceeding to the following step if the paint has dried and stays firm despite your attempts with detergent.

With a butter knife, gently scrape off the now-dried excess. Alternatively, push a piece of packing tape or duct tape firmly against the paint, then pull it off, continuing until no more comes off.

If there is still paint residue on the color-fast fabric (see Step 2), you have one more option: Apply a tiny quantity of rubbing or denatured alcohol to the stain (or, as a last resort, nail paint remover) and work it in with an old toothbrush. Blot with water if needed, and then launder as normal.

Home Remedies to Remove Paint from Clothes

Don’t panic if you’ve removed the majority of the paint off your garment but there is still a stain. There are a handful of home treatments that could work. Rubbing alcohol is one alternative. After turning the garment inside out, soak the soiled area with rubbing alcohol. Scrub the alcohol into the fibres of the garments with an old toothbrush until the paint is removed. Voila! Then, as normal, launder in the washing machine. What if you don’t have any rubbing alcohol on hand? Hairspray or nail polish remover are two options.

Preventing Paint Stains in the Future

Finally, when painting, it’s better to wear clothes you don’t care about so that if you get paint on them, it won’t be a huge issue. Keep that one piece of clothes as part of your painting gear if you plan on doing additional painting.

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