Removing Paint and Varnish Stains:

    If you've ever found yourself with paint stains on your clothes, you know how frustrating it can be. But fear not! In this blog, we're here to help you tackle the challenge of getting paint out of clothes. Whether it's acrylic paint, dried paint or gloss paint, we've got you covered with our expert tips. We'll walk you through each stage of the process, from pre-treating the stain to choosing the right washing method. We'll also provide tailored instructions based on the type of paint stain you're dealing with, ensuring that you can remove the stain without damaging your clothes. 

    Step 1 - Act quickly for wet paint stains

    When it comes to wet paint stains, time is of the essence. Acting quickly can prevent the stain from setting in and make it easier to remove later on.  

    First, grab a clean cloth or paper towel and gently blot the stain to remove any excess paint. Avoid rubbing the stain, as this can spread the paint and make the stain worse. Instead, focus on blotting and lifting the paint from the fabric. 

    Next, rinse the stained area with cold water. This will help dilute the paint and further prevent it from setting in. Continue rinsing until the water runs clear. If the stain persists, you can try using a stain remover. Apply a small amount directly to the stain and gently rub it in with your fingers or a soft brush. Let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing again with cold water. 

    Step 2 - Scraping off dried paint

    Removing stubborn dried paint from clothes requires a gentle approach to avoid damaging the fabric. Start by using a dull knife or a credit card to carefully scrape off the dried paint from the surface of the fabric. Be cautious not to apply too much pressure, as this could cause the fabric to fray or tear. Instead, use a gentle scraping motion to lift the paint from the fabric. 

    Remember to be patient when scraping off dried paint. Rushing or applying too much force can lead to further damage. For lighter, dried-in paint stains, you may want to use a safe stain remover like Vanish Oxi Action Liquid to apply to the stain itself, rather than risk fabric damage through scraping.  

    This product is a great option, as it’s safe and designed to be gentle on delicate fabrics, like wool and silk. To use, simply pour 2 ml of the liquid directly onto the stain and gently rub. Leave the product in contact with the stain for a maximum of 10 minutes before washing as usual with a 50 ml dose of liquid with your preferred detergent. 

    Step 3 - Washing the stained garment

    Now that you've successfully pre-treated and removed the paint stain, it's time to wash the garment. First, check the care label on the garment to determine the appropriate water temperature and washing instructions. This will ensure that you don't accidentally damage the fabric during the washing process. 

    Next, separate the stained garment from the rest of your laundry to avoid any potential transfer of paint or residue to other clothes. Place it in the washing machine and add the recommended amount of laundry detergent. Use a gentle cycle to protect the fabric. If the stained garment is made of delicate or sensitive material, consider using a mesh laundry bag to provide extra protection during the wash. 

    Once the washing cycle is complete, inspect the garment for any remaining paint stains. If you notice any, repeat the pre-treatment process or use a Vanish Stain Remover specifically designed for tough stains. 

    Vanish Oxi Action Liquid is a useful option for paint stains in particular, as it is effective and safe to remove stains while keeping your colours looking bright. You can use it to soak your garments in water or even wash in the machine.  

    Start by pre-treating the stain by saturating it completely. Then, to soak – add 100 ml to seven litres of water. Leave whites for a maximum of six hours and colours for a maximum of one hour. For washing, add 100ml for top loader and 60ml for front loader along with your detergent as usual.   

    Once washed, remember to air-dry the garment or use a low heat setting in the dryer to prevent any potential damage to the fabric. 


    Step 4 - Checking for any remaining stains

    After washing the stained garment, it's important to check for any remaining paint stains. Start by inspecting the garment under good lighting. Look for any leftover paint stains or discolouration. If you notice any remaining stains, try using a stain remover specifically designed for paint stains. Follow the instructions on the product label and apply the stain remover directly to the affected area. Gently rub the stain remover into the fabric using a clean cloth or sponge. 

    Allow the stain remover to sit on the fabric for the recommended amount of time, usually around 5-10 minutes. This will give the product enough time to break down the remaining paint particles. Then rinse the garment thoroughly with cold water to remove the stain remover and any loosened paint particles. If the stain persists, you can repeat the pre-treatment process or consult a professional cleaner for further assistance. 

    Step 5 - Drying the garment

    After successfully removing the paint stains, it's important to properly dry your clothes to avoid any potential damage. Firstly, avoid using high heat settings when drying the garment. Excessive heat can cause the fabric to shrink or become damaged. Instead, opt for air-drying whenever possible. Hang the garment on a clothesline or drying rack in a well-ventilated area. 

    If you prefer using a dryer, select a low heat setting to minimise the risk of damage. Consider using dryer balls or clean tennis balls to help fluff and speed up the drying process. For delicate or sensitive fabrics, such as silk or wool, it's best to lay the garment flat on a clean towel to air-dry. This will help maintain the shape and prevent stretching. 

    Once the garment is completely dry, give it a final inspection to ensure there are no remaining paint stains. If you notice any, you can repeat the pre-treatment process or seek professional assistance if needed. 

    Step 6 - Enjoy your paint-free clothes

    Congratulations! You've successfully removed the paint stains from your clothes. Now it's time to enjoy your freshly cleaned garments and take steps to prevent future paint accidents. In conclusion, stain removal doesn't have to be a daunting task. Whether that’s paint stains, ink or hair dye. With our guide, you'll be able to tackle any type of paint stain with confidence. Remember to act quickly, choose the right washing method and pre-treat the stain before washing. By following our expert tips and tricks, you'll be able to keep your clothes paint-free and looking their best. Happy painting!