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 fibres 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.

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

Rub the glycerine 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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

Wash your sheer curtains in cold water with a heavy-duty powdered washing powder.

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 washing powder. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 as often as needed; the stain should lift a little each time.

Hang your sheer curtains to dry.


Substitute rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover for turpentine.


Supervise children and pets whenever using turpentine as it can be harmful if swallowed. Open windows to help rid your room of turpentine odour.

Things You'll Need

  • Glycerine
  • Old toothbrush
  • Bowl
  • Turpentine
  • Heavy-duty dry washing powder
  • Methylated spirits
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Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.