You’re in the middle of doing a painting job and all of a sudden, you spill paint on your clothes. You know that it’s not good for the clothes to stay this way, but how do you get paint out? It can be tough to remove if it is dried on or if the shirt has been washed before.

Paint is a liquid substance that is used for decoration, protection, and insulation, but mistakes are bound to happen.

Learn how to remove paint from clothes in this helpful blog post where we also include some tips on how to avoid getting paint on your clothes in the first place!

Tip 1: Prevention

The first step to protect your clothes is prevention. Make an effort to cover any dry paint with plastic and use a drop cloth while painting so that you don’t accidentally get it on yourself or anything else in the room.

Tip 2: Wear Old Clothes

Protect clothes from paint by wearing an apron or old clothing that you don’t mind getting paint on. If you’re going to be painting, it’s best not to wear your favorite shirt or dress that you don’t want to paint on. Old clothing is preferable because the fabric won’t stick and cause a mess as easily.

If you do end up getting paint on your clothing, act quickly! The sooner you remove the dried paint, the easier it will be to get off.

Keep all of your clothes in an easy-to-reach location so when they need to be washed or thrown away, it’s not a hassle.

Tip 3: Use Cold Water

To remove the paint, avoid using hot water or a hairdryer to heat up the stain because it can cause some of the paint pigment particles to spread further into your clothes. Instead, use cold water and mild detergent when washing your garment.

If you want an even more gentle approach to removing the stain, take off your clothes and put them in a container of cold water with mild detergent.

Tip 4: Use A Brush, Soap And Cold Water

Remove paint that has already stained your clothes by using a brush, soap, and cold water to wash the area with gentle circular motions until it is clean.

Tip 5: Use Baking Soda

You can also try using baking soda as an alternative for removing stains from clothing because of its abrasive qualities.

Tip 6: Use Nail Polish Remover

For synthetic fabrics like polyester you’ll need something stronger than soap; try using nail polish remover.

If the paint has been on your clothes for less than 24 hours, you can use clear nail polish remover to dissolve some of the paint pigment before washing it out. Be sure to dilute the nail polish remover by adding three parts water and one part alcohol into the container before soaking your clothes in it.

Tip 7: Use Heady-Duty Detergent

If the paint has been on your clothes for more than 24 hours, you can try to remove as much of the stain by using a scrubby and then soak them in cold water with detergent while rubbing them gently together (think of this like handwashing).

Gently squeeze out any excess liquid and then wash them in cold water and detergent.

Remove the clothing and dry it in a well-ventilated area. Use heavy-duty detergent with an enzyme or bleach-containing agent for removing tough stains. Scrub the stained areas until all residue is removed, then wash as usual.

Tip 8: Use Dry Ice

Place a block of dry ice inside a sealed garbage bag and place it outside on concrete, pavement, gravel, etc. The steam will help loosen tough stains that have dried onto the fabric.

Tip 9: Use A Commercial Paint Remover

The first step is to pretreat the paint stain with a product like Resolve Multi-Fabric Cleaner and Upholstery Stain Remover. It contains enzymes that break down stains like these on contact.

Just spray or dab some of this onto the area, wait for the fabric to absorb as much as it can, then blot with a paper towel.


Getting paint out of your clothes is not always easy, but there are a few things you can do to get it off. One of the first thing you can do is use a brush, soap and cold water to remove the paint.

What other methods have you heard about for removing dried paint stains? Have you tried one (or all) of the above tips yet? How did it go? Share your experiences in the comments below!