The sign “Caution! Painted!”, young artists in the house, or just a banal repair in the apartment – these are quite common causes of paint stains on jeans. What to do in this situation: throw away the stained clothes? Take your time, there are several effective solutions. Here are some tips and advice on how to wash paint from jeans at home and in the shortest possible time.

Before you begin this procedure, you need to keep in mind that there are several different types of paint, and different cleaning methods work differently on each type. Here are some of the more common stains:

  • water-based paints (environmentally friendly, therefore often found in the basis of children’s paints, suitable even for whitewashing trees);
  • oil-based paints (used in construction, suitable for metal surfaces and for painting rooms with high humidity);
  • acrylic paints (used in construction and painting).

No matter what type of paint stain you’re dealing with, these helpful tips will help you clean your jeans.

How to wash paint from jeans

Water-based paint

It is very easy to get rid of a water-based paint stain, as it completely dissolves in water. So start by “rinsing” the painted mark under a stream of barely warm water until the water runs clear. Then, load the jeans into the washing machine and wash as usual.

If the dye is not washed off simply with water, then you can wash it off in several ways:

  • Add a little warm water to the affected area of ​​the denim. Dampen a cloth in warm water and gently press on the stain, allowing the water to soak into the denim. Then, add one tablespoon of washing powder to 1/2 cup of water, mix and rub this mixture into the stain with a damp cloth in gentle circular motions. If the stain is large in diameter, start rubbing the outer perimeter of the stain, gradually moving inward. This mild detergent should work, but if it doesn’t wash the paint off, try the next option.
  • Isopropyl alcohol solution perfectly removes water-based emulsion or acrylic from jeans. Wet the stained area with it and simply scrub until it is completely gone using a toothbrush or shoe brush.
  • Varnish remover is an alternative to alcohol, although there is a possibility of damage or lightening of the fabric during cleaning. To avoid this, perform the test by cleaning an area of ​​the jeans that will not be visible, such as the inside or bottom of the leg.

Oil-based paint

It is known that oil-based paints are more difficult to wash off than previous water-based paints. They behave very similarly to oil and grease and do not dissolve very well in water.

  • If the paint has already dried, you can remove at least part of it with a dull knife. Simply wipe the mark from the surface of the fabric.
  • Oil solvent is your best choice! Apply it to the stained area of ​​the denim, using a rag in vigorous circular motions from the edge of the stain to the center, rubbing the surface of the jeans. If cleaning with a cloth does not give the desired effect, use a toothbrush.
  • Glycerin. If the oil solvent did not correct the problem, pour liquid glycerin over the contaminated area and set the jeans aside for 3-4 hours, preferably overnight. The chemical composition of glycerin will gradually dissolve and remove paint particles from fabric fibers.
  • Dishwashing detergent removes greasy traces of oil well. Apply, leave for a while, then wash off. Repeat the procedures until the trace from the jeans completely disappears.
  • Mix the butter with the powder to make a thick paste. Apply the product to the paint mark and rub in thoroughly. After half an hour, wash with dishwashing detergent.

Oil paint can be cleaned in the same way as when removing fat .

Acrylic paint

Liquid acrylic is well diluted with water, but after drying it becomes resistant to liquids. It is very difficult to wash off dried acrylic, so it is necessary to act immediately.

If the paint is still fresh, carefully remove the excess with a spoon, old plastic card or other thin object. Blot the stained area with a cloth soaked in warm water or rubbing alcohol. Alcohol acts as a solvent. It can be replaced with disinfectant, hairspray or alcohol. Soak the stain until it is completely removed. Then wash with dishwashing detergent or household soap.

how to remove paint stains from jeans

Radical methods

If the paint stain has dried on the jeans, and the usual cleaning methods do not remove it, then you can try more aggressive means. The disadvantage is that they can wash away the paint, but at the same time they will most likely damage the fabric of the jeans. Use carefully, first trying the product on an inconspicuous area.

  • Before using any stain remover, dry paint must first be softened. You can just soak it in warm water and wait. But it is better to use liquid glycerin. Apply to the mark for half an hour, wash off and start cleaning.
  • Acetone, white spirit. Excellent solvent. But at the same time, the fabric dye itself dissolves. It is recommended to use for light, white jeans. Wet a cotton pad in acetone, apply it to the stain, let the paint soak into the cotton. Take a clean cotton pad. Repeat until the mark disappears.
  • Refined gasoline. It is used to dissolve oil, grease, varnishes and paints from various surfaces, so it can also wash jeans. Clean part of the paint with a brush, place an absorbent cloth under the stain, wet the cotton wool and blot the stain. The dye will dissolve and begin to absorb into the cotton. When the mark is removed, wash the jeans with laundry soap.
  • Spotter. You can use only the one that is intended for jeans. Follow the instructions.
  • Clay, chalk and gasoline. Prepare a slurry of purified gasoline and chalk or white clay. Apply to the stained area. Leave it for a while until it dries. Gasoline will act as a solvent, and the clay will absorb the dye. Remove the dried mass with a brush, apply again. Finally, wash in soapy water.

If after all cleaning options, a noticeable colored stain remains on your jeans, you can try to paint it with a fabric marker. Find a marker that best matches the color of your jeans and apply it to the stain.

How to wash paint from jeans