Kids love to play with chalk, and although it doesn’t run and stick, like many other drawing materials if you don’t clean it up in the right manner, you can make the spot worse than it was initially.
On the other side, if you are making a drawing area for your kids, you may find a splurge of chalkboard paint on your clothes. While very different from other paints, you can still remove this from clothes with some care and a little effort.
In this guide, you can learn how to remove stains from colored clothes and how to remove colored chalk from clothes using non-rights reserved methods.
By the end, you will have clean fabric, chalk removal efforts are a success, and you wouldn’t need to use too much rubbing. (Read How To Remove Glue From Fabric With Iron)
How to Get Chalk Out of Carpet
One of the most common chalk stains you will ever see is chalk stains in your carpet as the loose chalk dust settles when kids draw.
While this won’t run like paint, removing chalk needs to be done in the right manner, or you can cause the chalk stain to become worse. Trying to remove chalk stains deep in the fibers makes stain removal much more challenging. (Read our Baking Soda Laundry Guide)
One thing when you remove chalk stains is that you don’t need any special stain removal chemicals. To get rid of chalk, you need to follow a few necessary steps.
- Make sure Vacuum up as much loose chalk dust as possible with a regular vacuum cleaner (don’t rub or you can cause a chalk stain in the fibers)
- You can use a spot solution or make your own with 1/2 teaspoon of laundry detergent and a bit of water
- Dab the solution on the area to remove traces of chalk color
- Wipe with a clean white towel or cloth to dry the area
How to Get Chalk Paint out of Clothes
Stain removal of chalk paint in clothes is more labor intensive than pure chalk. You also need a few more tools to get rid of these stains to the best effect.
One of the good things with chalk paint is that although it is black, it is water-based and more accessible to deal with than oil-based paints.
- Scrape off any wet paint from the clothing with a spoon or the blunt side of a knife
- Run the back of the paint chalk stain under warm water (hot water can set the paint)
- Blot with paper towels to absorb as much of the paint as possible
- Spot treat the stain by saturating it with half laundry detergent and water gently scrubbing with a soft brush or blot vigorously with paper towels or clean rag
- Launder as normal using warm water only
Make sure not to put clothes in the dryer, and instead let them air dry in case there is any chalk stain remaining. (Read How To Get Ink Out Of Clothes With Hairspray)
How to Get Paint Out of Clothes After Washing
If you have any stain left after washing, you will need to make sure you continue your stain removal to get rid of the last traces of color.
Luckily, this isn’t too hard as you had already done most of the hard work before you washed your clothing. (Learn How To Get Sticker Residue Off Wood)
- Lay your clothing on a clean cloth face down, so the stain sits on the cloth.
- Take a clean cloth and soak it with either rubbing alcohol or none-acetone nail polish remover.
- You can use a commercial stain remover and rewash your clothes to get rid of the stain.
How to Get Rid of Chalkboard Paint Out of Clothes
Water-based paint like chalkboard, latex, or acrylic paint, is more accessible than oil-based to remove.
If you splattered chalk paint on your clothing, there’s a chance it will be removed with the right approach.
Handwash the Stain
- When the paint is dry, scrape the thick paint off using the back of a knife or spoon
- Lift as much paint as possible before you wet the clothing. Remove any loose paint, so you don’t push this back in the fabric
- Flush the stains from the back under warm water. Repeat until the paint color fades. Flushing removes the first paint in your clothing and prepares the area ready to use detergent.
- Mix 1 cup of warm water and add several drops of mild dish soap. Fill a bowl just over half with water.
- Add the dish soap, and mix the solution until foaming
- Take a none colored sponge (natural yellow) and dip it in the solution
- Tamp the stain with the saturated sponge
- Repeat patting the solution over the stain where the detergent starts to pull away at the paint
Be careful when rubbing or you could push the stain deeper into your clothing fibers.
Rinse Your Clothing and Repeat the Steps
- Rinse your sponge and clothing under warm water, and be sure to remove all traces of the detergent from your clothing. You should see the paint starting to wash out.
- Put more detergent on your sponge and pat the stain again, follow with a rinse and keep repeating until there are no traces of blackboard paint in your clothing.
It can take up to 4 cleaning phases depending on the degree of the initial stain.
How to Remove Chalk
In the first steps, you saw how easy it is to remove chalk from the carpet, and it is no harder to remove it from clothes.
It is when stains become more challenging when you need to remove them using commercial stain remover, or rubbing alcohol.
It is as much about the process, and how you carry it out as the chemicals you use. In many cases, you can do just a good a job with things you have around the home than spending on more cleaners you may only ever need once.
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