Getting Acrylic Paint Out of Furniture Upholstery


Whether used for remodeling projects or art assignments, acrylic paint offers convenient application and a rapid drying time. Being water-based, it is easy to clean up. However, when acrylic paint spills on furniture upholstery, it is absorbed into the fabric and leaves a stain. Promptly remove the stain using common supplies.

Things You'll Need

  • White paper towels
  • Spoon
  • Spray bottle
  • Dish-washing liquid
  • Container
  • Sponge
  • Cloth
  • Towel
  • Blot up fresh acrylic paint using white paper towels. If the paint has hardened, scrape off the dried paint fragments with a spoon.

  • Moisten the remaining acrylic paint with cool water from a spray bottle. Let the paint stain soak for one minute.

  • Blot up the moistened paint with fresh paper towels. Continue blotting until no further paint transfers onto the paper towels.

  • Examine the furniture upholstery for lingering paint. If any traces remain, combine equal parts of dish-washing liquid and cool water in a container.

  • Dampen a sponge in the solution. Dab the soapy sponge against the fabric until the stain dissolves.

  • Moisten a cloth with cool water. Apply the cloth to the cleaned area until the soap is thoroughly removed. Do not leave any detergent residue in the upholstery.

  • Blot the wet area with a towel to remove excess moisture.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the stain persists, blot it with acetone.

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