As many of you know from our Instagram site, we are renovating a home for a rental property. So the below article was very important to us so that we don't have to turn lots of our clothing, that we inadvertently get paint on, into permanent painting clothes. Of course we always try to wear yucky clothes for this task, but sometimes it's easy to just grab a paintbrush thinking it's only one tiny area that needs to be touched up, only to find out that you smeared some of it on yourself, as you keep finding more, and more little areas. So if you do get paint on your clothes just follow the below instructions for removing it:

Water-based paint includes indoor and outdoor latex paint, finger paints, acrylic craft paint and poster paint

1. Scrape off any wet paint and then run the stain under warm water.

2. Spot treat the stain with dish soap or laundry detergent, scrubbing with a soft brush. Then launder as you normally would.

3. Repeat the process if the stain is not removed. If any paint remains after washing, don't put it in the dryer—the heat will set the stain.

How Do You Remove Oil-Based Paint from Clothing?

Oil-based paint is more difficult to remove, and may even be impossible, if it dries on your clothing. The one thing to remember with oil-based paint is to never use water when treating the stain. Follow this process to remove oil-based paint:

1. Scrape away any wet paint with a dull knife.

2. Moisten a clean rag with a little paint thinner, then blot the stain. Continue blotting with paint thinner until the stain is gone, moving to clean areas of the rag as you work.

3. Once you've removed all the paint that you can, rinse the area and spot treat with dish soap or laundry detergent. Launder the clothing normally and repeat the spot treatment as needed.

Home Remedies to Remove Paint from Clothes

If the paint has already dried on your clothes, don't panic! There are a couple of home remedies that may just do the trick. One option is rubbing alcohol. Scrape off as much dry paint as you can, and then saturate the stain with rubbing alcohol. Use an old toothbrush to work the alcohol into the fibers of the clothes and keep scrubbing until the paint is lifted. Voila! Then launder as usual in the washing machine. No rubbing alcohol on hand? Try hairspray, which contains alcohol, or nail polish remover.

Hope this helps with any mishaps that you may have - Happy Painting!

Source: excerpt from Family Handy Man

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