Using the right approach removes most paint stains from clothes. The sooner you discover these stains, the easier they are to remove. Use a multi-step approach, beginning with the one least likely to damage the fabric. You need liquid hand soap, rubbing alcohol, nail polish remover, a dinner knife and an old toothbrush.Continue Reading
If you discover the paint while it is still wet, soap and water are often all you need to remove the stain before it sets. Use this approach with latex or water based paints. Rinse as much paint as possible from the clothing, applying the water to the back of the garment. Apply the liquid hand soap and scrub as appropriate for the fabric. Use the toothbrush to remove any final traces of paint.
If the paint has already dried, you need something stronger than just soap and water. Use the blunt edge of a dinner knife to scrape away as much of the excess paint as possible. Pour rubbing alcohol on the remaining paint and scrub to remove any remaining stain.
Nail polish remover often contains acetone and is not appropriate for all fabrics. For acetone safe fabrics, dab the paint spot with a small amount of the remover. As it dissolves the paint, absorb it using a clean paper towel.
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