Don’t Cry Over Splattered... Paint

You’ve taken it upon yourself to overhaul that room you’ve been wanting to paint forever. You’re removing the furniture, building your just delivered new accent furniture and repainting your walls and the doors. You have everything ready from munchies, ladder (aka that extra chair you keep for unexpected guests), your favourite Spotify playlist cranked and of course drop sheets. Or maybe you are getting decked out for a date in your favourite little black dress after hours of looking after your nephew and helping him with his school project. In both scenarios, what you are not ready for is that innocent splatter of paint to ruin your clothes to the point that what seems to be the only solution is throwing them out or trying to hide the spot with a sharpie. 

But it’s not always possible, right? What if that blue sweatshirt which is now splashed with the latest and trendiest shade of grey is a cherished gift? What about that black dress in the above scenario, what if it’s that instant confidence-charge-up attire that everyone needs? And oh no, what if you were wearing something that you borrowed from a friend-- you certainly can’t throw that in the garbage! Well, hopefully, we can help with the below-listed tips and tricks that will ensure that your outfit isn’t ruined forever. Because let’s face it, who wants to lose a friendship over spilt paint!

But before we go listing the different solutions for each paint type here are a few must-do’s:

Scrub away what you can 
Try to remove all the extra paint. For wet paint, use a flat edge and scrape the excess away and for dry paint, wipe (and lightly) scrub away what you can. 

P.S. If you are unable to peel off your paint-splattered clothes right away, the best option is to immediately dampen the area. Also, the following options are simply the best measures to get out paint stains. We provide no guarantee they will work. Length of time, clothing type and paint type will impact your success, but we feel it’s worth a try because the alternative is bye-bye favourite outfit!

Do your best to not let the paint dry.

In other words, immediately after the paint incident occurs is your best bet is to use the below-mentioned tricks before the paint dries out. We don’t always find the paint until it’s dry so don’t worry we will provide those tips and tricks as well. 

Getting Latex Paint out of Clothing 

Take the splattered section of the clothing and rinse it under warm running water, blot with paper towels, then turn it inside out and rinse it again, this time by running warm water through from the back. Next, you will need to rinse the stain using liquid laundry detergent-- work up a lather and rinse it. Repeat the process until the stain is barely there (or hopefully removed) and then wash the garment as usual.

Alternatively, if the paint has dried or the stain, though faded, is still noticeable, you can try using acetone (or nail polish remover).  Pour a bit over the area and lightly scrub it in with a toothbrush. Warning: Ensure the clothing item doesn’t contain acetate or triacetate, in which case, applying acetone will be a bad idea-- the fabric will react to this solution.

If nail polish remover is not available, you can also try applying hairspray and/or hand sanitizer directly to the stain before scrubbing it lightly with a brush. Run it under warm water and follow it up by adding a regular laundry stain remover to it and wash it. 

Oil-based paint/acrylic paint stain

Scrape away the excess paint and blot the area as much as possible. Or if it has dried scrape away what you can with a butter knife. Treat the stain with turpentine or a paint thinner (best is to use the recommendation on the paint’s label). Use a clean rag to apply the paint remover to the stain and continue using fresh areas of the rag to blot out the paint. The only scenario you would consider pouring the turpentine or paint thinner directly on the stain is when it refuses to budge despite the above process--  dribble it directly on the stain and work at it with a toothbrush, both at the front and the back. 

What will be left is a faded version of the earlier stain which can be easily removed if you wash the garment with liquid laundry detergent. Lather the area with laundry soap before putting it through the wash cycle as you normally would. 

For acrylic paint, you can try another trick where you run the stain with warm water, then make a solution of one part liquid dishwashing soap and one part warm water. Use a sponge to dab at the stain continuously till it diminishes and then launder. 

Hopefully, these tips and tricks will get you out the door in your little black dress or see you through your DIY room makeover without crying over a bit of splattered paint! Have fun.
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