How to Wash Acrylic Paint


Acrylic is a common household paint used for a variety of purposes. Often, it is used for children's arts and crafts because it is water-based and easy to clean. Oil-based paints are a hassle to clean and can cause permanent damage to several types of fabric and other surfaces. Acrylics, meanwhile, can be removed from just about every surface through simple washing techniques.

Off Clothing

  • Rinse the article of clothing that comes into contact with acrylic paint immediately after you notice the stain. The clothing can be rinsed under warm water.

  • Apply spot cleaner to the stain on the clothing. Let it sit for five to 10 minutes, or according to the instructions on the bottle.

  • Place the clothing in the washer on a normal cycle. The stain should be gone by the time the cycle ends.

Off Carpet

  • Pour a small amount of water on the acrylic paint that has stained your carpet.

  • Place one or two drips of dish soap onto the stain and rub the soap into the carpet with your finger.

  • Wipe up the water and dry the carpet with a towel. The acrylic paint should disappear.

Off Paintbrushes

  • Hold the acrylic paint-covered paintbrush under the tap, allowing the water to pour onto the dirty bristles. Cold water will suffice for this task, but hot water will do the job quicker.

  • Rub the bristles gently between your fingers to allow the water to hit every part of the bristles, thus running the paint away.

  • Dry the paintbrush on a towel or paper towel and examine it to ensure the acrylic paint is completely gone.

Tips & Warnings

  • Some people may advise using alcohol-based cleaners or complicated cleaning solutions to remove acrylic paint. However, as acrylic paint is water-based, water and a slight bit of soap will do the trick.

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