How to get paint out of clothes? Getting paint on clothes is just the worst, especially if weren’t actually painting and just got it on there by accident! So how do you get that paint out of your clothes once it is on there?
There are a few simple steps that you can follow that can be quite the lifesaver when you need it. Just remember, the faster you act, the better chance you have of getting the paint off of your clothes. Also, these tips have a better chance of working if the clothes have not gone through the dryer and if the paint itself is acrylic. Oil-based paint can be even tougher to get out. If you are worried about further damaging the fabric (beyond the paint stain, of course) you can always test out the treatment on a small corner of the fabric to make sure that further damage isn’t being done by the treatment itself.
Although it seems obvious, one of the first things you should do is to scrape off any excess paint. A regular household spoon can do this. Having the stain be physically thinner will make any other part of the stain removing process go smoother. Next, you will want to wash the clothes under warm water from the back of the stain, slowly working your hands against the fabric. You want to get the fabric fully saturated with the water. Then take a diluted mixture of hand soap and warm water and sponge the soap onto the stain, working it into the fabric as best as you can. Rinse the soap out well, and repeat this process until the stain is gone.
If this method doesn’t work to get the stain out of your clothes, the next thing you can try is some plain old rubbing alcohol, the kind that you get at the drugstore (Isopropyl rubbing alcohol). Use a cotton ball or paper towel and fully saturate the cotton ball with the rubbing alcohol, and then rub this into the stain. You want the stain to be soaked with the alcohol, because the alcohol breaks down the chemical composition of the stain. Use that spoon again to try to lift the stain off of the fabric. Repeat this process until you aren’t getting any good results. Put the clothes in the washing machine and more of the paint stain should come off again.
If neither of these processes works, you can try acetone, although this is the harshest treatment and could further damage your clothing. Acetone is the active ingredient in nail polish remover, although it is usually a diluted solution in nail polish remover. Acetone is often called paint thinner as well. If neither of the above solutions worked in removing the stain and you aren’t worried about destroying it accidentally, then acetone may be your last option.
Everyone hates to have clothing ruined by getting paint on them. If you would like to do something to try and remove these stains, remember to use caution and try the least damaging solution first.