How to remove paint stains from clothes

Painting is often one of the better chores that you can do around the house. You can immediately see the result of your efforts. Unfortunately it is rather easy to get stains on your clothes and more often than not they are pretty difficult to remove. In this article we answer the question: How can I remove paint stains from clothes?

Speed is important when removing paint stains from clothes

It is important to treat paint stains in clothes as soon as possible. When the paint gets dry, it is a lot harder to remove the stain. The first thing you can do is to get a piece of paper towel to absorb as much paint as possible. A piece of toilet paper is also fine. Do not rub the stain, just place the paper towel over the stain and let it do its job. It will automatically absorb as much paint as possible.

Is it water based paint? Then all you have to do is rinse it with water and you are all set. This does however only work when the paint is still wet.

With any other kind of paint, you need a different treatment. Whatever you do, do not put your clothes in the washing machine. If you do that, then you will have a really hard time removing the paint stain from your clothes. You need to treat these stains first before putting them in the washing machine.The best thing to do is treat the stains with either turpentine or white spirit. Dab the stain carefully with a paper towel or q-tip soaked in turpentine or white spirit. This should erase the stain almost completely. If it doesn’t work, then you can also try to use either Vanish or Shout. Then wash your clothes with the regular program on your washing machine. This should take care of the problem.

Remove older paint stains from clothes

To manage your expectations, once the paint has dried up, it is almost impossible to remove the stain completely depending on the fabric. But hey, it is worth a try!

The first step is to scrape of as much paint as you possibly can with a sharp object like a knife or fork. Be careful not to damage your clothes. The next step is to use turpentine or white spirit. Soak a paper towel in turpentine or white spirit and dab the stain with it. If this does not work you can also try to let your clothes soak in turpentine or white spirit for a few minutes. Afterwards, put your clothes in the washing machine. Whatever you do, do not use thinner. This will probably damage your clothes.

You should be all set with these tips. Good luck!

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