Removing watercolor paint stains follows similar steps to removing any stain—and the rule of acting as fast as you can also applies! Once you spot the stain, get to work quickly and follow these steps to help get that stain out (or stop it from setting in the first place):
- Get a bowl large enough for your garment to be completely submerged. Fill this with lukewarm water. If your garment can usually be washed on a hot wash then the water can be a little warmer, but if you’re washing silk, wool, or linen for example, ensure that the water isn’t too hot.
- Add some liquid laundry detergent such as Persil® ProClean® OXI Power Liquid to the bowl, and then use your stained garment to swirl the detergent around the bowl so your garment gets fully covered in soapy water.
- Allow the garment to soak for 30 minutes, or as directed on your detergent bottle for a hand-wash.
- Once 30 minutes have passed, remove the garment and squeeze out the water. If the stain is still there, repeat the process. If it has almost completely faded, you can put this garment in the washing machine and wash according to the garment’s care label.
- If after the wash the stain is still visible, repeat the soaking and washing steps again. Once your garment dries, it makes it harder to get the stain out again.
- That’s it! That is what you need to do to get watercolor stains out. It is a simple procedure but might need some perseverance if the stains don’t come out after the first soak.