How to remove oil-based paint stains

The last place you want that masterpiece is on your shirt. Oil-based paint can lead to a messy clean-up in the studio since oil paint is difficult to clean – your laundry being no exception. Paint stains are a combination stain, and depending on the base ingredients they will be different. Oil-based paint stains contain oily elements as well as pigmentation, and since paint tends to dry quickly, your best chance for oil-based paint stain removal is to act quickly by rinsing the garment under cold water, while the stain is wet. You’ll also want to use a washing detergent, like Ariel, that can remove combination stains. Follow out Ariel stain solutions for tips on oil-based paint removal from clothes.

Oil Paint Stains On A White Napkin

Removing oil-based paint stains

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    Remove excess

    Get rid of the excess oil paint stain from the garment using a spoon before rinsing the fabric inside out under warm, running water.

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    Pour Ariel Original Washing Liquid directly onto the stain.

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    Place the garment in the wash along with similar items.

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    Use the pre-treat cap to dose the right amount of washing detergent according to the dosing instructions on the side of the pack. Place the cap directly into the drum of your washing machine drum, on top of your clothes.

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    Wash on the usual cycle, on the hottest wash temperature indicated. Always check the instructions on the garment’s fabric care label.

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    When the cycle is complete, unload the garments immediately.

Effective stain removal on a variety of stains

When you’re getting creative, oil-based paint stains are not the only ones you’ll come into contact with. You’ve also got tempera paint stains and acrylic paint stains to contend with as well, not to mention ink stains and marker stains. Luckily for you, and not for those tough stains, Ariel offers outstanding stain removal from the first wash!