Paint Stain Removal
of Paint Stain Removal
The various kinds of paints available in the market
today make it difficult to pinpoint one single method of paint stain
removal. Different paints require different methods of treatment. Paints
fall into two broad categories: water-based and oil-based. Both have to be
dealt with in separate ways.
Before going about the job of paint stain removal, make it a point to
read the garment care instructions thoroughly.
There are several kinds of paints on the market today, each with different
chemical compositions. Hence, treatments differ for each of these different
types of paints. However, in general, there are mainly two kinds of paints:
oil-based and water-based.
Dried paint stains are very difficult to remove. If the paint is already dry
glycerine can be used to soften it.
Rubbing would only make
your job of paint stain removal more difficult by making the paint
stain set onto the fabric
Before tackling any paint use a blunt knife to scrape
off solid particles first, taking care not to further spread the paint
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For oil-based paint stain removal, (oil paints, enamel, alkyd type paints)
you must tackle the stain while it is still fresh. The first step is to blot
the stain with white absorbent paper towels. Take care to see to it that you
do not rub the stain.
Rubbing would only make your job of paint stain removal more difficult by
making the paint stain set onto the fabric.
Thereafter, for oil-based stains, you could use a thinner for that
particular paint. Common oil-based paint solvents are alcohol and
turpentine. However before using any such solvent, test an inconspicuous
area of the garment for colorfastness, or some other kind of damage. Treat
only the stained areas so as to soften the paint, so that it can be easily
washed away with a detergent solution. Follow this up by regular laundering.
For water-based paints, such as acrylic paints, after the initial blotting,
you could soak the cloth in cold water. The paint stain removal in this case
would be relatively easy because water-based paints dissolve rather easily
Thereafter, you could soak the affected area with a suitable stain remover,
and let it remain for about 5 minutes. This would allow the stain remover to
seep in and loosen the paint from the fabric. After that rub the stain with
a strong detergent and then launder it with hot water.
Residual paint stains can be treated with bleach. However, do this only
after checking to see that the fabric is bleach-safe. Even wood alcohol can
be used to remove residual stains. Here too check first with a test
application on some hidden portion of the fabric first.
For very heavy paint stain removal, lay the stained surface down on
absorbent towels, and apply a fluid used for dry-cleaning to the other side
of the stain. Let the fabric dry naturally. Finally follow it up with a
thorough rinse and wash.
Armed with these hints I hope your task of paint stain removal becomes a
little less daunting. All the best in your battle against the paint stains.