4 Ways to Remove Latex Paint Stains from Clothes

The most bothering moment in painting is when you get the paint stain scattered all over the place in your house, or when it even spills over onto your clothes. Whatever your tools are, whether you are painting with brush, paint roll, or air spray gun, the risk of being spill over is exist. Therefore you need to find out how to get rid those stains, especially form your clothes. Here are the steps.

  1. Identify Latex Paint Stains

In modern interiors, Latex paint is the most common and popular choice, especially for low cost craft paint. Latex paint stains is also known by its other names such as acrylic or acrylic latex paint.

  • The simple way to check your paint is by finding out the words “latex” or “acrylic latex” in the can or tube of paint. If you see the words, follow the steps below to remove your stain.
  • If you lost your paint can or tube, you can ask yourself with some questions, such as did you clean your brushes with water or paint thinner? If you used water then you are likely work with latex paint, and can use the steps below.
  1. Remove Excess Paint from Clothing

Immediately remove the spill with a butter knife, the edge of a spoon, or a similar object, the more time the paint has to dry, the harder you are to remove it.

  • If the paint has already dried or you tackling an old stain, scoop out as much as possible before cleaning it with water or detergent
  • Another way that you can use to remove a heavy layer of dried paint on your clothing is by using a strong tape like duty duct tape, gaffer’s tape or auto repair tape to the surface of the stain, and then quickly removes the tape. This method will ensure the dried paint being picked up with the tape.
  • Be sure to dispose of excess paint responsibly, following the disposal process listed on the paint can.
  1. Rinse with warm running water

Since latex paint is a mixture of water and acrylic, so you can remove fresh paint with water. Start rinsing it from the back of the fabric. Don’t forget to rug or scrape at the paint stain as you rinse the clothes, this will help you loosen its hold and help the water get through the stain.

  1. Use any Cleansing solution

To help get rid the stain from your clothes, you can try to use an emulsifier, such as a purchased cleanser like Goof off or you can use a homemade solution.

  • You can try to mix hand soap and dish washing detergent, this mixtures really makes a great paint cleanser, especially for fresh stains. Combine the hand soap and detergent by using a 1 to 1 ration, then apply the mixture to the paint stain using a sponge and rub it repeatedly for at least 1 minute before you can rinse it with warm water; you can repeat these steps as necessary until the stain is gone or nearly gone.
  • Another way to remove the paint, especially with a dried stain is by using hairspray or isopropyl alcohol. Before rinsing the clothes with warm water, rub the hairspray or alcohol onto the stain for one minute and then repeat these steps as necessary until the stain is gone or at least faded.

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