Remove paint from jeans by acting quickly to blot any excess paint away while it is still wet, rinsing in cold water, pretreating and laundering. The process requires dishwashing detergent, a toothbrush, clean rags and paper towels.
- Remove excess paint
Act quickly before the paint has a chance to dry for best results. Use paper towels to blot away wet paint as soon as you notice it. Avoid using a scrubbing motion that spreads the stain.
- Rinse in cold water
Take the garment off, and go to a sink. Rinse the paint off from the reverse side of the fabric, using a strong stream of water to remove the pigment without driving it further into the garment.
- Treat with dish detergent
Dilute a small amount of dish detergent with an equal amount of warm water. Use a toothbrush to apply the solution, and scrub away as much of the remaining pigment as possible. Unlike some other fabrics, denim is sturdy enough to withstand this type of treatment.
- Wash the jeans
Following the manufacturer's directions, apply a commercial laundry stain remover. Wash the jeans as normal. Line-dry the pants, and check for any remaining stain. If necessary, use a commercial paint and stain remover.