Cleaning and Laundry

Remove Face Paint from Fabric

Got your game day face on some fabric?


For your Clothing

Face paint comes in two formulations: water soluble and oil based. If you accidently get face paint on clothing first read the label. If it says to dry clean then take them to the drycleaner; if they are washable you will need to remove the stain before laundering. To remove the water soluble face paint, gently work in Sunlight Laundry Bar Soap or another laundry stain remover and warm water and then launder as indicated on the care label. If it is oil based face paint on washable clothing, remove it by applying a light-coloured grit-free hand cleaner, like a mechanic uses. Work the hand cleaner in and let it sit for a few minutes. Then work in liquid dish detergent or Sunlight Laundry Bar Soap and rinse thoroughly. Hang up the garments to allow them to dry and look at the stained area when it is dry. If a stain is still there, use a laundry spot stain remover and rinse again. Once the stain is gone, launder as usual. Remember to always test stain removal products on a hidden area of the garments first.


For Your Car

If face paint gets on a car seat, whether it is water soluble or oil based, it is often best to use an upholstery spot cleaner, which can be purchased in most hardware or grocery stores. First, do a test in an inconspicuous area before proceeding. Apply stain remover following manufacturer’s instructions and blot with a clean light-coloured towel.


For Your Furniture

Removing face paint from furniture is more complicated due to the variety of fabrics and finishes some of which cannot be successfully spot cleaned without creating water mark stains. Generally for best results contact a professional upholstery cleaning company.