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Summer Series: How to Remove Paint from Clothing

Posted on June 5, 2017

by Furniture Clinic

Posted In: Fabric Restoration, Stain Removers

All winter long, the dreamers, visionaries, and DIYers of the world planned their next home projects and renovations for warmer days ahead.


And now that Summer warm weather is finally upon us, exterior painting projects aren't the only thing that we're seeing more of these days. Summer is when many of us suffer the ill fate of paint that accidentally spills on our clothes - or worse, those horrifying moments when we realize we wore an outfit to paint that we actually care about.


If you're the victim of paint on clothing and that's how you found us, you're in luck! We've been there a time or five, too.


If the Stain Is New: Act Fast

If you're quick enough to notice that paint has fallen on your brand new shirt or jeans, then you have a quite the head start on the path to paint elimination. To treat a stain that's still wet, gently flush the stain with warm water - after you check that the article of clothing is washable, of course!


After running the warm water through the back of the garment, blot the stain with soap and water. You can continue to apply the soap and water treatment until the stain is removed, or you may determine after multiple applications that the stain will require further work.

If the Stain Is New: Act Fast

If you're quick enough to notice that paint has fallen on your brand new shirt or jeans, then you have a quite the head start on the path to paint elimination. To treat a stain that's still wet, gently flush the stain with warm water - after you check that the article of clothing is washable, of course!


After running the warm water through the back of the garment, blot the stain with soap and water. You can continue to apply the soap and water treatment until the stain is removed, or you may determine after multiple applications that the stain will require further work.



Try These Home Solutions

Home solutions aren't always completely dependable, but hey - they're convenient. And sometimes you luck out with just the right products on hand, so let's check out tricks that might be found in your home already.


  • Rubbing Alcohol - gently work the rubbing alcohol into the fibers of the fabric to loosen the dried paint. Use a dull object, like a knife, to remove the dislodged paint.


  • Dish Detergent - laundry detergent isn't the only form of soap that can be your biggest ally today. If your garment is compatible with the detergent being utilized, you can mix equal parts of detergent and water for a solution that you can gently blot on the stain.


  • Nail Polish Remover - if the other household objects fail, and you still want to give it the old DIY try, then nail polish is a common option to try out last. For each of these products, particularly this one, apply very gently to keep the fabric intact and undamaged. Nail polish remover can be slowly applied with a softer toothbrush or small, used brush.

Try These Home Solutions

Home solutions aren't always completely dependable, but hey - they're convenient. And sometimes you luck out with just the right products on hand, so let's check out tricks that might be found in your home already.


  • Rubbing Alcohol - gently work the rubbing alcohol into the fibers of the fabric to loosen the dried paint. Use a dull object, like a knife, to remove the dislodged paint.


  • Dish Detergent - laundry detergent isn't the only form of soap that can be your biggest ally today. If your garment is compatible with the detergent being utilized, you can mix equal parts of detergent and water for a solution that you can gently blot on the stain.


  • Nail Polish Remover - if the other household objects fail, and you still want to give it the old DIY try, then nail polish is a common option to try out last. For each of these products, particularly this one, apply very gently to keep the fabric intact and undamaged. Nail polish remover can be slowly applied with a softer toothbrush or small, used brush.


Go for the Professional Products

When it gets to be the warmest days of Summer and you're still looking for the best clothing paint removal product, it might be time to invest in a solution that's designed to get the job done.


At Furniture Clinic, we engineered the popular Remove It! brand, featuring Remove It! Paint, Oil, Dye & Pen Stain Remover. This product is expertly engineered to remove even the toughest stains from fabric by weakening the stain's strength and defense; eventually eliminating it altogether.


Whether you go the professional route or not, there are always options that you can take to act quickly, or at the very least definitively, in your paint removal strategy. Our team likes tried and true methods, and if that's you too - stay a little longer and check out some of our customer-favorite products designed for fabric.


And hey, even if you're here because you spilled a little paint, we can all be happy about something: it's officially the start of Summer!