Are you or a close friend/family member a chronic messy painter? Do you regularly spill paint on various articles of clothing? If the answer is yes, this article has all the information you need to learn how to clean paint from clothes.
Let’s be honest, painters aren’t always the cleanest and most careful handlers of paint. One minute, you’re vibing to your favorite song, laying down those brushstrokes; the next minute, you’re dancing, while simultaneously flinging your loaded paintbrush all around the room. Now you need a home remedy to remove paint from clothes, ASAP! Whether you are an artist jamming with your paint, or you’re just painting the walls of your house, paint seems to find it’s way on things we don’t want it on. How do we solve these inconvenient dilemmas, you may ask? Well here are some sure-fire ways on how to clean paint from clothes.
Before we really get into it, we’re going to identify a few different kinds of paint stains, and the different properties of these paints. If we’re going to give you the magic potion to fix your paint problems, you need to know what the problem is first. Is it acrylic paint on jeans? Oil paint on silk? (Yikes! Hopefully not) There’s also the possibility of house paint on jeans, t-shirts, couches, etc. Check out the label on the paint in question, as well as washing instructions for the surface the paint has stained. Below, we’re going to lay out tips and tricks you can try from home.
The first step is identifying the type of paint you’re dealing with. If it is latex paint, acrylic paint, or just craft paint, it is water-based. Thankfully, water-based paints are fairly easy to remove.
This is what removes paint from clothing:
Next, let’s talk about oil-based paints. This can be traditional, artist-grade oil paints, but it can also be some house paints and primers. Always check the tube or can of paint to identify the base material. The way to get rid of paint stains on clothes when dealing with oil-based paints is slightly different than water-based paint stains, so make sure you follow each step carefully.
When you try to remove dry paint from clothes you may have a more difficult time, as it has had time to sit and soak into the fibers. Because of this, you may not be able to remove all of the dried paint, but it’s still worth trying! I suggest using a dull or plastic knife or spoon and trying to scrape off as much as possible. This is the best solution for water-based paint stains. As for oil-based paint stains, you can try the scraping method, or you can soak the stained area in alcohol and try scraping and gently scrubbing the stained area. Once you’ve soaked the garment for a generous amount of time, try repeating the process and put your clothing item in the washing machine with detergent and stain remover.
Yes! We did not forget; what about things that are NOT clothes? Of course, first, you want to try removing as much paint with a scraping tool. After that is done, here are some really helpful products/tools you can use to remove paint from fabric on your couch or carpet.
By now, you should be an expert on how to remove paint stains from clothes. To recap, you don’t need a degree in engineering or science to get your clothes back to (almost) new, free of paint stains! Get those simple cleaners and baby toothbrushes, and show us how it’s done. It’s time for a clothing resurrection!
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