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

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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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