What to Do if You Spill Paint on Your Clothes

Whether you were suddenly inspired to change the color of your dining room walls or hosting a playful afternoon of finger art with the kids, paint seems to always get on clothing no matter how hard you try to prevent it from happening. Fortunately, there are some handy tricks to removing paint from clothes; and the best part is, they won’t jeopardize the integrity of your fabrics.

So, before tossing out your kid’s favorite jersey or your most comfortable pair of jeans, continue reading and learn some methods of getting paint off clothes instead!

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Indianapolis IN Clothing Repairs 317-845-9077

The Materials You Will Need to Remove Paint on Clothing

The supplies you will need for the job will depend specifically on the type of paint you have on your article of clothing. You’ll require different materials for latex, oil, and acrylic paints. So, that means that the first step to removing paint from your clothes is to find out which type of paint it is. Once you know that, you can move onto the actual cleaning process.

☐ Paint Thinner (or turpentine)
☐ Nail Polish Remover
☐ Rubbing Alcohol
☐ Liquid Detergent
☐ Liquid Dish Soap
☐ Disposable Plastic Container
☐ Toothbrush
☐ Clean Sponge
☐ Clean Rags
☐ Spoon
☐ Butter Knife
☐ Cotton Balls
☐ Paper Towels
☐ Duct Tape

How to Remove Oil and Acrylic Paint From Clothing

Step 1 – Place paper towel down to use as a foundation for your garment.

Step 2 – Whether the paint is wet or dry, scoop the excess off with a butter knife. Then turn your garment inside out and repeat.

Step 3 – Pour a cup or two of paint thinner into a disposable plastic container, like an empty ice cream tub. Then soak some cotton balls in it.

Step 4 – With the garment inside out, use the soaked cotton balls to gently dab the soiled area. As you pick up paint, continue to switch cotton balls. If the stain is proving to be difficult to remove, try pouring paint thinner directly over it and use a toothbrush to scrub. Just be sure you have a clean, dry foundation underneath.

Step 5 – Blot the freshly treated area dry with clean paper towels to remove excess paint thinner. Then blot the area with some liquid laundry detergent.

Step 6 – Wash the garment in the laundry as usual.

How to Remove Latex Paint From Clothes

Step 1 – Place paper towels and clean rags down to use as a foundation for your article of clothing, even if it’s completely dry. This prevents paint from transferring through the fibers and onto whatever is beneath it.

Step 2 – If there is still wet paint on your clothing, use your butter knife and spoon to scrap it off.

Step 3 – Run your article of clothing under warm water and then blot it dry using a paper towel or dry rag. If you are wearing your article of clothing and it is too saturated with paint, continue rinsing the best you can until you can take it off.

Step 4 – Turn the article of clothing inside out and rinse it thoroughly under warm water.

Step 5 – If your garment is color-safe, use liquid dish soap for this step. If it is not, use liquid laundry detergent instead. Apply the soap directly to the affected area and use a clean sponge or white cloth to work up a generous lather. Be sure to continue rotating rag or sponge to avoid cleaning with a soiled section.

Step 6 – Repeat step 6 as often as you need until you feel like you’ve cleansed away most of the paint. Then launder as usual and allow to air dry.

Step 7 – Once the garment is entirely dry, check the level of paint residue. If there is still paint evident, use your butter knife to scrape off the remaining paint, or apply duct tape firmly over it and peel away. Repeat this a few times, and then repeat all steps all over again.

Side Note: At this point, you can also use an old toothbrush and a small amount of nail polish remover to get paint off your clothing but be careful as it might discolor non-color safe fabrics.

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Three Effective Remedies for Stain Removal

Last month, we cover the most effective ways to get rid of unwanted pet hair on all sorts of fabrics and apparel. This month, we want to discuss 3 full-proof methods for removing stains from your favorite clothes, as well as, curtains, tablecloths, place mats, rugs, and more! Continue reading to get started!

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Spills and stains are bound to happen everywhere they can. Anything made of cloth or other form of textile are prone to permanent, unpleasant staining. In order to prevent stains from setting in, it is important to take immediate action when a spill or smudge occurs. More importantly, you must take good care of your fabrics for optimal stain resistance, and to maintain dazzling luster for as long as possible.

Stain Removal Tips

Clothes, uniforms, costumes, rugs, mats, upholstered furniture, and curtains are most susceptible to stains like blood, grease, makeup, coffee, mud, paint, wine, vomit, gum, food and more. All of these stains can be extremely difficult to remove if left ignored or untreated. So they key to resolving a stain is to act immediately.

When a spill or stain happens, immediately blot up any excess liquid or substance using a terrycloth towel or rag. Never wipe, rub, or smear in a blemish! Start from the outside and blot in a circular motion, working your way inwards. Take note that tougher stains, or ones that had time to set-in, will usually require professional treatment.

Here are three helpful remedies for stains like these and more:

Dry Cleaning Solvents

The first remedy for stains is dry cleaning solvents. Brands like Carbona® and Energine® are examples of dry-cleaning solvents on the market, and come highly recommended by professionals. Just be sure to always read the label before attempting to treat a spot or stain with a dry cleaning detergent you are not familiar with.

Also, it is a good idea to pre-test a spot on the material you intend to clean beforehand, to ensure the product is safe and non-damaging. Use the cleaning and blotting tips above, removing any excess liquid, and allow to dry completely. Finish with multiple rinses of the detergent from the treated material.

Protein Enzyme Detergents

The second remedy involves using a type of protein enzyme laundry detergent, which is just a fancy way of describing common cleaners like Tide® or Era®. Not just for clothes, protein enzyme laundry detergents can also be used to treat stains on carpeting, rugs, curtains, and upholstered furniture, and more.

Take note that you must dilute the detergent down by using only 1 part detergent and 30 parts water. This ratio is important so that you do not create uncontrollable lather and suds on your material. Use the cleaning and blotting tips mentioned before, then rinse the treated area thoroughly until the detergent is entirely gone. Multiple applications might be necessary depending on the severity of the stain.

White Vinegar & Rubbing Alcohol

The third remedy for stain removal is to use two common household products: distilled white vinegar and rubbing alcohol. Combine 1 part distilled white vinegar with 9 parts rubbing alcohol. Ethyl, denatured, or isopropyl are acceptable forms of rubbing alcohol. Simply apply the mixture to the affected area, followed by the above-mentioned cleaning and blotting techniques. You may need to repeat these steps for best results.

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