- Remove as much paint residue as possible first with a blunt implement.
- Hand-treat the stain with Persil detergent or rubbing alcohol for really stubborn stains. Know the type of paint you're dealing with and act accordingly - try this advice for acrylic paints.
- Pre-treat with a stain remover before washing in the machine. Read our article on removing paint stains from carpet for help with this material.
Common sense tells us that we should wear old clothes when painting, but this is an easily forgotten step in the rush to transform a room. Thankfully, paint can be removed from clothes, especially if you act quickly. This article explains how to remove gloss paint from clothes, as well as other kinds of paints, both water-based and oil-based.
Before using any method to remove paint from clothes, first remember to:
- Act as fast as possible — Once the paint dries, it will be much more difficult to remove. So work as quickly as you can on the stain. If you can’t get access to the right materials, at least keep the stain wet until you can treat it properly.
- Remove excess paint before treating the stain — Use a spoon or dull knife to scoop up any excess paint from the fabric. Then use an old cloth or tissue to blot gently at the stain and soak up as much of the wet paint as you can. After this, you can start to treat the stain.
- If the paint has already dried, scrape away as much as you can before treating it — Use a dull knife, blade, or hard bristled brush to carefully scrape away the dried paint from the fabric. This will take away a layer or two and make it easier to remove the stain itself.