Paint is one of the most notorious household items that can cause permanent stains on your favourite items.
All it takes is one little mishap and poof! Your best cardigan looks like a Jackson Pollock painting!
So, if you’re undergoing a spot of DIY and giving your living room a lick of paint and, despite your best efforts, your glorious yellow sofa has somehow succumbed to a drizzling of off-white Farrow & Ball – don’t panic! Here’s what to do.
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There’s Paint On My Yellow Sofa – Now What?
Some domestic paint types (such as acrylic or varnish paint) are permanent and no matter how vigorously you scrape at the stain – it isn’t going anywhere.
However, if your yellow sofa has been dappled with a non-staining paint, you may be able to successfully remove the stain. The method depends on what type of paint you’re dealing with (water-based or oil-based).
Here’s what to do for each:
- Let the stain dry. Do not try to remove it while it’s wet as it will bleed out.
- Once dry, start by using a smooth, blunt tool (such as a cutlery knife) to scrape off as much paint as you can. Do this slowly and gently so you don’t damage your upholstery.
- Use short, circular strokes, like when cleaning your teeth. This will help loosen the dried paint from the fibers and lift it from the fabric.
- Once you have removed as much paint as you can with the tool, blot the area with a damp rag or towel. Do NOT rub the stain.
- You may also want to spray a small amount of stain remover (white vinegar or rubbing alcohol will work) on the stain to help assist the cleaning process.
- Rinse the area, using a clean towel and fresh water, lightly blot the area until the last traces of paint are gone.
- Repeat if necessary (this may take more than one attempt).
- Use a stiff-bristled brush and use short, circular strokes, gently lifting the paint away from the fabric. Remove as much color as possible before moving to the next step.
- Attempt to find a cleaning solvent recommended by the manufacturer. This will help dissolve the oil and should lift the worst of the stain.
- It is wise to do a patch test before going to work on the stain, just to make sure you won’t be making the situation worse.
- Using a clean, dry rag, carefully blot the area. You want to keep the solvent as close to the stain as possible to prevent the color from bleeding.
- Blot up the paint with a clean, dry towel.
- Repeat these steps until the color has lifted.
- Once the color is gone, use a waterless hand cleaner on a clean towel or sponge to remove any solvent residue.
- Once the oil from the paint is completely removed, you can now rinse the area with clean water to remove any last bits of residue or staining.
How to Avoid Getting Paint on Your Yellow Couch
Accidents happen. Unfortunately, they’re avoidable sometimes.
However, if you know there is going to be paint let loose in your home (either as a decorating project, or perhaps as an art project for yourself or a family member) and you want to protect your furniture, your best bet is to either remove the items and put them somewhere where they won’t be exposed to the paint, such as another room, the garage/cellar/attic, or storage.
If these aren’t an option, covering your furniture in an old sheet and making sure no areas are exposed will lessen the chance of any accidents.
The best cure for these situations is often prevention.
If tins of paint are coming into your home for whatever reason, it is wise to keep them well away from any items you do not wish to be exposed to the paint.
However, like we said above, accidents happen. If the unthinkable happens, try the above methods, depending on what type of paint you’re dealing with.
Failing that, seeking advice from a dry-cleaner or the manufacturer may be helpful.
Last update on 2023-09-22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API