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How do you get paint out of jeans?

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Remove paint from jeans by acting quickly to blot any excess paint away while it is still wet, rinsing in cold water, pretreating and laundering. The process requires dishwashing detergent, a toothbrush, clean rags and paper towels.

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  1. Remove excess paint

    Act quickly before the paint has a chance to dry for best results. Use paper towels to blot away wet paint as soon as you notice it. Avoid using a scrubbing motion that spreads the stain.

  2. Rinse in cold water

    Take the garment off, and go to a sink. Rinse the paint off from the reverse side of the fabric, using a strong stream of water to remove the pigment without driving it further into the garment.

  3. Treat with dish detergent

    Dilute a small amount of dish detergent with an equal amount of warm water. Use a toothbrush to apply the solution, and scrub away as much of the remaining pigment as possible. Unlike some other fabrics, denim is sturdy enough to withstand this type of treatment.

  4. Wash the jeans

    Following the manufacturer's directions, apply a commercial laundry stain remover. Wash the jeans as normal. Line-dry the pants, and check for any remaining stain. If necessary, use a commercial paint and stain remover.

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