You had a great time repainting and redecorating your house for the coming Christmas. Or maybe you decided to teach your kids a bit about art. Getting messy and splashing colors on one another was all fun and entertaining till the moment you spotted stains of paint all over your kid’s new clothes. And now you have a big question on your mind, “how to get the paint out of clothes?

Having paint stained clothes may discourage you from playing with colors, but with a few tips and tricks right up your sleeves, you can wash off that stubborn-looking paint on your clothes right at your home.

Understand the Stain of Paint

Before you start scrubbing the paint, it’s best to realize which type of paint has stained your clothes. Identifying the type of paint stain that is destroying your clothes will help you decide which paint removal method will work in your favor.

Water-Based Paints

With no pungent smell and being incombustible, water-based paints are usually used for children’s paint. Being children’s paint makes them easier to wash and clean. Below you will learn more about the cleaning methods for water paints and let your children enjoy painting as much as they want.

Oil-Based Paints

Oil paints give your doors, windows, and skirt boards a long-lasting shine. If you are carrying out some DIY ideas for painting in your house, you will have to use oil-based paints. The stains you get from oil-based paint require a thorough cleaning. So, instead of letting them dry out, deal with them as quickly as possible using the tips discussed below.

Acrylic Paints

If painting landscapes and sceneries are your part-time hobby, you will find it difficult to wash all that acrylic paint from your clothes. Once dried, acrylic paint becomes hard and plastic-like, making the stain even more persistent.

Tips To Remember Before Removing Stain

Surely you don’t want to destroy your clothes while trying to remove that blot of paint. So, before moving on to the techniques that you can use at home for stain removal, you have to bear some useful tips in your mind.

  • Delicate fabrics such as velvet, silk, and wool need special attention. It is better to let the professional cleaners remove stains from these fabrics.
  • Test cleaning solution on a small area of your fabric to avoid destroying the color and texture of your fabric.
  • Try to treat the paint stains as soon as possible. Delaying the process will make it difficult to remove the stain.
  • Be gentle on the stain. Dabbing and scrubbing the paint with a suitable cleaning solvent will do the trick.
  • Scrape off all the paint with the back of the spoon. It will prevent the paint from spreading on your clothes.

Ideas For Removing Paint Stains

Using our paint removing ideas, you will be able to tackle any paint stain that is unwilling to leave its traces from your favorite clothes. Scroll down the passage to learn some easy paint removing tips.

How To Remove Water-Based Paint From Clothes?

Kid playing with water paints

With this simple and amazing tip, you won’t stop your kid from doing all that art and craft that he loved so much. All you have to do is follow the instructions below:

  • Flush warm water on the opposite side of the cloth, pushing the paint out from the other side.
  • Prepare a solution by mixing one cup of cold water with 1 tablespoon of dish soap.
  • Dip the stained part of the cloth in the solution and let the stain blot.
  • Launder the clothes in cold water.

Additional Tip: Even after this treatment, if the stain remains on your garment, use a cotton ball dipped in rubbing alcohol or in a non-acetone-based nail polish remover. Blot the stain until it is removed.

How To Remove Oil-Based Paint From Clothes?

Oil paints on the canvas with brushes

Oil-based paints are more like oil and grease, which makes it difficult to deal with them. Paint thinner or turpentine is ideal for dealing with oil paint stains. 

  • Turn your garment inside out before pouring paint thinner or turpentine on it.
  • Then either pour the solution directly on it or dip a clean rag in the solvent and dab it on the stained part of the garment.
  • Then pour a little amount of nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol on the stain and rub it gently with a toothbrush.
  • Wash the cloth in cold water and TADA! The stain is gone forever!

Caution: Using turpentine or alcohol might destroy your delicate or synthetic clothes. These products might ruin the dye and the entire fabric. So always test it out on a small patch.

How To Remove Acrylic Paint From Clothes?

Acrylics paints on the wooden board

Acrylic paints are hard to get rid of as they make a plastic layer over your clothes after drying out. But don’t worry, we have a fantastic tip to help you out.

  • Use warm water to rinse the area containing the stain.
  • Prepare a mixture of water and dish soap.
  • Blot the stain with a sponge and keep rubbing the stain until it is removed.
  • Wash the cloth with cold water.

Additional Tip: If the stain remains persistent, try using an alcohol-based product such as nail polish remover, rubbing alcohol, or hair spray. Pour and rub anyone of these solutions on the stain until the stain is removed.

More Simple Techniques For Tough Paint Stains

By implementing the techniques mentioned above, you will surely be able to wash off every sort of paint stains and spills, but if not, we have more ideas stored up for you.

Try Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizers contain alcohol, and rubbing it on stain-covered clothes will loosen the paint. So, you can use the toothbrush to clean away the paint. Hand sanitizer works most effectively on latex paint stains. 

Use Laundry Detergent

We all have laundry detergents stored in our homes. For stains caused by acrylic or spray paint, simple laundry detergents can help to remove the stain. Simply soak a piece of cloth in the detergent and rub it on the stain and witness a miracle! 

Consider Using Lavender Oil

Who would have imagined lavender oil is capable of removing paint stains? Pour 5-7 drops of lavender oil on the stain and let the cloth absorb the oil. Scrap off the paint with a butter knife. Repeat the process until all traces of stain are gone.

Say Goodbye To Paint Stains

Tackling paint stains may seem like a difficult task, but with the tips and ideas discussed above, you can remove those stains in no time. With these home-based tips in your mind, painting will no longer mean a pile of paint-stained clothes waiting to be thrown out. 

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