How to Get Dried Paint Out of Sheer Curtains

When paint accidentally gets on your sheer curtains while you're painting your walls, the best way to deal with it is to act fast, but that's not always possible. As paint dries, the pigment and chemicals in the paint adhere to the fibers in your sheer curtains. Supplies found in your garage or home are all that's needed to remove dried paint from your sheer curtains so you can hang them again without paint stains.

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Sheer curtains add beauty and partial privacy to your window.

Remove Dried Oil-Based Paints From Sheers

Step 1

Pour glycerin on the site of the oil-based paint stain on your sheer curtains. Allow the glycerin to sit for 10 minutes to soften the dried paint.

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An old toothbrush makes a useful, small scrub brush.

Step 2

Rub the glycerin into your sheer curtains, gently, using an old toothbrush. As the oil-based paint softens, it should peel or roll as you rub it with the toothbrush.

Step 3

Fill a bowl with turpentine. Soak the oil-based paint-stained area of your sheer curtains in the turpentine for 15 to 30 minutes.

Step 4

Rinse your sheer curtains under cold water and rub the paint stain with your fingers to see if it lifts. Repeat Step 3 for persistent oil-based paint stains.

Step 5

Wash your sheer curtains with a heavy-duty powdered laundry detergent. The heavy-duty detergent will remove the remnants of the oil-based paint stain. Hang your curtains to dry.

Remove Dried Latex Paint From Sheers

Step 6

Fill a bowl with methylated spirits. Soak the latex paint-stained area of your sheer curtains in the methylated spirits for one hour.

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A cold water rinse is best for stain removal projects.

Step 7

Rinse your sheer curtains under cold water, rubbing your fingers against the latex paint stain on your sheer curtains to loosen it. Alternate soaking the latex paint stain in methylated spirits for an hour and rinsing it under cold water until the latex paint stain feels like it's loosening.

Step 8

Wash your sheer curtains in cold water with a heavy-duty powdered laundry detergent.

Step 9

Check the latex paint stain once your sheers come out of the washing machine. If the latex paint stain persists, wash it again, this time in hot water with heavy-duty laundry detergent. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 as often as needed; the stain should lift a little each time.

Step 10

Hang your sheer curtains to dry.