Removing Paint From Clothing
We’ve all been there before – that sudden moment of panic when you’ve noticed the paint on your clothing. But don’t panic just yet – there are various methods for successfully removing paint from apparel.
Solutions for Water-Based Paints
Water-based paints are the most common and fortunately there are plenty of options available for removal:
- Soap and Water: As soon as possible, run cold water over the area, then use a mild detergent to massage the paint and lift it out.
- White Vinegar: White vinegar is an effective industrial solvent to get rid of nearly all types of water-based paints. Soak the cloth or garment in white vinegar overnight, followed by the regular washing cycle.
- Baking Soda: Another excellent home remedy to remove paint is baking soda. Mix some with water to form a paste and cover the paint area with it. Allow the paste to dry and then brush it off until the paint disappears.
Solutions for Oil-Based Paints
Oil-based paints are a slightly more difficult task, but it isn’t impossible. Consider these options:
- Turpentine: Doing the same as with white vinegar, soak the garment in turpentine overnight, followed by a normal washing cycle.
- Paint Remover: Paint remover’s composition is specifically designed to remove oil-based paints. However, wear gloves and use it in a well-ventilated place for safety purposes.
General Rules for both Water and Oil-Based Paints
When it comes to clothing, always remember:
- Always pre-test all solutions in an inconspicuous part of the garment first.
- Never use a machine dryer – air drying is the safest way to prevent further damage.
- Rinse the fabric thoroughly after treatment until the water ceases to be discoloured.
- For greasy stain removal try adding a teaspoon of synthalene detergent to the soaking solution.
So don’t panic – with the above tips, you should be able to remove paint from your clothing in no time!