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How to remove emulsion and gloss paint from clothes

Did you forget to put on a trusty old shirt before painting the walls at home? When you’re in the middle of a DIY project, it’s easy to get carried away and not even notice the paint splatter on your clothes. Worry not – we’ve got some tips on how to remove emulsion and gloss paint stains from clothes here.

How to remove emulsion paint and gloss paint from clothes

If you’re wondering how to remove gloss paint from clothes, the answer might be very simple. If the paint is water-based, it will probably come out if you use this craft paint stain removal method. If the gloss paint is oil-based, or you need to know how to get emulsion paint out of clothes, the method below is likely to be your best bet.

That said, check the label on the paint can first to see whether there are any instructions on how to remove emulsion paint from clothes (or gloss paint, if this is the case in point). If there’s no information there to help you, go ahead and try these steps:

  1. Be quick. It’s usually easier to remove gloss and emulsion paint from clothes while the paint is still wet. If you can’t start right away, keep the stain wet until you can.
  2. Get some paint remover. Soak a paper towel or a cloth with paint remover or paint thinner, then lay the garment on top of it with the stained side facing down. It’s possible that a certain paint remover is recommended for the specific type of paint you’re trying to shift – check the product label to find out. If not, you can usually use white spirits or turpentine to remove emulsion paint from clothes. You should always check the care label on your garment before using any new products, as some fabrics (rayon, for example) react badly to strong chemicals.
  3. Pre-treat with OMO Ultimate Liquid and soak. Rub a small amount of OMO Ultimate Liquid into the stain and then soak the garment in the hottest water the garment can withstand – the care label can tell you what temperature that is. Overnight treatment is a great option here, but you can leave it a bit longer or a bit shorter depending on your schedule.
  4. Wash the item in the washing machine. It’s a good idea to pre-treat the stain again with a bit of detergent before washing it, once again at the hottest temperature suggested on the care label.
  5. Allow the garment to air-dry. Don’t put it in the tumble dryer, as this can set any remaining paint stains.
  6. Check for marks. If the stain hasn’t disappeared, repeat the steps above.
     

Hint: Not sure what type of paint stain you’ve got? Read the product label on the can and look for instructions on how to clean your brushes after use. If the paint is water-soluble, the advice will be to rinse the brushes in water; if it is oil-based, the advice will instead be to rinse them in white spirits or turpentine.

Now you’ve learned how to remove emulsion and gloss paint, you don’t need to worry if you have a slight DIY mishap while painting. Go ahead and revamp your home – and come see us again next time you’re in need of some stain removal tips!