How to Remove Oil Paint and Ink Stains from Your Kid’s Clothes

Wondering how to clean ink stains and oil paint stains from clothes? Find everything you need to know about cleaning ink stains and oil paint here.

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Your art session can sometimes cause spills and drips and end up staining your garments. Worry not, in this article, we have explained how to remove oil paints stains and ink stains on your clothes at home.

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How to Remove Oil Paint Stains from Clothes

Oil paint has a base of linseed oil which is used to mix pigments. Because of this oil base, it can be quite a difficult task to get rid of an oil paint stain. Thus, simply washing it as usual won’t help lift the stain. We will tell you how to get paint stains out of clothes thoroughly.

Ingredients to Keep Handy:

a) Butter knife

b) Paper towels

c) Turpentine oil

d) Liquid detergent

e) Detergent powder

f) Lemon juice

  1. Step 1: Scrape Off the Stain

    Use a spoon or a butter knife to scrape off as much paint as you can.

  2. Step 2: Treat the Stain

    Place paper towels under the garment. Use as many as you need depending on the size of the stain. Dip a paper towel in a bowl of turpentine oil. It is a paint solvent which helps lift oil paint stains thoroughly. You should find it in any store. Gently dab the stain with it. When the paper towel gets dirty, replace it with a fresh one. Continue to dab the stain and watch it fade slowly.

  3. Step 3: Treat with Liquid Detergent

    Now, to treat the residual stain, use a liquid detergent. Pour 1 tbsp. of it on the stain and rub the area gently.

  4. Step 4: Wash the Garment

    Wash your garment as usual. Make sure you always choose the right type of detergent according to your machine. Run a normal wash cycle. Don’t forget to follow the wash and care guidelines.

If you prefer to wash your clothes in a washing machine, you can use Surf Excel Matic Liquid, which is specially formulated for washing machines and is easily available in the market. It helps remove stains easily and helps maintain your washing machine’s life. The stain should be gone.

How to Clean Ink Stains from Clothes

Knowing how to remove an ink stain from clothes can come in handy. With the right products, cleaning ink stains should not be hard to remove. Try these steps to clean those pesky stains from your clothes.

  1. Step 1: Soak Your Garment

    Pour 3-4 cups of chilled milk in a bowl and add ½ cup of lemon juice in it. Milk helps loosen the stains and lemon juice helps break them effectively. Soak the stained part of your garment in it. Make sure the ink stain is completely submerged. Leave it to rest for one hour to let the milk and lemon juice fade the stain.

  2. Step 2: Wash Your Garment

    Wash your garment as usual. Make sure you always follow wash and care instructions. If you prefer to hand wash your clothes, you can use a detergent powder such as Surf Excel Easy Wash. It is easily available in the market and helps fight tough stains effectively.

  3. Step 3: Air-Dry Your Garment

    Let it air dry.

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Now you know how to clean ink and oil paint stains like a laundry expert! It’s time you and your family dabble in oil paint and ink without worrying about stains. 

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Frequently asked questions on oil stains

How soon should I clean oil stains?

The sooner you clean the oil stain, the easier it will be to remove. If you're at home, follow any of the instructions given above and clean the stain immediately after it has spilt on your clothes. Otherwise, clean it as soon as you get home.

Is it possible to remove old oil stains?

The longer an oil stain remains on the fabric, the harder it will be to remove. The stains will darken over time and remain permanently on your clothes if not cleaned. It’s best to clean an oil stain as soon as you spot it.

How to remove oil stains from thick fabrics like jeans?

While the above instructions may work for your regular clothes, jeans are made of a different fabric altogether. If your favourite pair of jeans are subject to oil stains, you must blot the spots with a paper towel, sprinkle some baking soda on them, and after some time, brush the areas with a liquid detergent using a toothbrush. Don’t forget to wash your jeans afterward.

What makes an oil stain worse?

Do not rub the oil stain; instead, blot it with a paper towel. Rubbing the stain will only make it spread to other parts of the fabric and also damage its material.

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