Get Paint Out Of ClothingAfter one of your many painting sessions at Pinot’s Palette, you may discover a dab or two of paint on your clothes. While it can be quite difficult to get out, once it dries, it's not impossible.
Being around paint, day in and day out, we know what it's like to end up with paint on our clothes! We've tossed many pieces of our own clothing with acrylic stains, knowing how hard it is to get clean. (Or we keep them to wear in the studio, time and time, again).
When you come to our studio for a class, we have the magic 'Murphy's Oil Soap' to help scrub out those accidents, immediately. While acrylic is still wet, it can be easily removed with some of the oil soap, water, and clean cloth. This is a great product to keep in your home, if you're painting on your own! However, since acrylic dries so quickly, once it's dried, it sets into the fibers of your clothes. Acrylic paint is plastic-based and hardens just like plastic once it's dry. You may get a tiny drop on your shirt sleeve or pant leg and not notice until you get home. You'll scrub and scrub but most likely, won't succeed in removing the paint.
We have found (and tested) a fantastic way to successfully get that hard, dried paint out of most most types of fabrics! We discovered this technique through an artist named, Claudine Hellmuth.
Claudine Hellmuth is a nationally recognized collage artist, author and illustrator. She combines photos, paint, paper and pen into quirky, whimsical-retro collages that she calls "Poppets".
No stranger to paint and other art materials, Claudine has tried several different paint removal options. She finally found that simply using rubbing alcohol is most effective! While it's said to only work about 99% of the time, we tried it on a few different materials and it worked for us!
We gathered some of our clothing that had been "ruined by acrylic". We tested the rubbing alcohol technique on:
-a 100% cotton t-shirt
-and a cotton-blend sock (don't ask...)...
Using some rubbing alcohol, scrubbing the stain with a popsicle stick, then washing it right away did the trick on all 3 items! Since this method may not work 100% of the time, most likely, your success will depend on the type of material you're cleaning. Delicate things, such as lace or tulle may not respond as well, since it could get damaged during the "scrubbing" step of the process.
*it's possible that if the stain is large enough or thick enough, it may not come out or it will at least take many tries to fully remove it... but hey... you already have paint on the clothing so what's the worst that can happen? Give it a try and see!!!
Check out Claudine's EXCELLENT tutorial for getting acrylics paint out of clothing:
Be sure to check out our website and see our calendar for the month! We have some great paintings coming up and we'd love to see you there! No need to worry about what to wear--- between our expert help with stain removal at the studio, and this new information for removing it at home, you're all set! Come in and let your creativity fly! See You There!
Murphy's Oil Soap: