How to Remove Paint From Polyester & Combed Cotton Clothes


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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