How to Remove Paint From Polyester & Combed Cotton Clothes

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It can be fun to dive headfirst into a painting project, but things may get a little messy. If you get overzealous painting while wearing your favorite shirt, you could end up with a nasty paint stain on the fabric. Fortunately, it isn't too hard to remove a paint stain from polyester or combed-cotton clothes.

Things You'll Need

  • Spoon
  • Warm water
  • Detergent
  • Acetone (optional)
  • Using a spoon, scrape off as much of the paint as you can. If it's still wet, you can get much of the paint off before it stains too badly.

  • Take off the paint-stained piece of apparel. Turn it inside out and run some warm water over the stained area, working from the inside of the clothing.

  • Make a detergent solution by mixing one part detergent with one part warm water. Soak a sponge in the solution, then apply it to the affected area and rinse.

  • If the stain still is present, use an acetone stain remover.

  • Allow cotton to air-dry after this treatment. Polyester can be put in a dryer.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you need to use acetone, make sure your polyester isn't blended with acetate or triacetate, as acetone destroys these materials.

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