Accidentally getting dry paint on one of our favorite pairs of shoes is a worse thing that can happen to you. It can be even worst, especially if you’ve just bought them or if the color is white.

Don’t worry; you can easily fix it with these sure-fire steps!

Removing paint off your shoes

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  1. Remove it with the basic: soap and water
  • Ensure to remove all excess paint from the shoe. Use a toothbrush to scrub it off, making sure that you’re not spreading it more around the shoe. If you don’t have a toothbrush, you can use a knife or spoon to scrape off the paint.
  • Take unused cloth into warm water.
  • Add some soap and work on it to create a lather.
  • Get the cloth and dab some of that warm soapy water to the shoe.
  • Place the cloth into the affected area and let it soak for a few seconds. The area with paint must be softened to take it off from the shoe easily.
  • Get your unused toothbrush and gently brush the paint off the shoe. Make sure that when you brush it, it’s not on a circular motion to avoid the paint from spreading everywhere.
  • Repeat the whole process of dabbing the warm cloth and brushing it with a toothbrush until the paint has come off.
  • Wash the shoe and let it dry.
  1. Remove it with a fingernail polish remover
  • Remove all the excess paint from the shoe without spreading it all the more.
  • Grab a cotton swab or unused cloth and put some fingernail polish remover on it.
  • Dab the cotton swab or cloth on it until the paint starts to come off.
  • Repeat the entire process and put more polish remover as needed.
  • Carefully wipe the scraped paint without spreading it around the shoe.
  • Wash the shoe and let it dry.
  • Make sure that you don’t put too much of the nail polish remover as it has the ability to remove the shoe’s color.
  1. Remove it with alcohol
  • Carefully scrub off any excess paint and avoid it from spreading.
  • Grab a cotton swab or unused cloth and put some rubbing alcohol on it.
  • Dab the cotton swab or cloth onto the shoe gently until the paint is removed.
  • Gently wipe the paint away without spreading it all over.
  • Wash the shoe and dry well.
  1. Remove it with cooking oil
  • Take off any excess paint from the shoe.
  • Take any cooking oil you can find in your kitchen and put a good amount on a cotton swab or unused cloth.
  • Lightly dab the cotton swab or unused cloth onto the shoe.
  • Let the oil soak into the shoe for a few minutes. The oil can hydrate, penetrate, and soften the paint from the shoe.
  • After soaking it with oil, you can use a knife or your fingernail to peel the paint scraps. Make sure that you do it gently.
  • Repeat the whole process until the paint has come off.
  • Wash the shoe and let it dry.
  1. Remove it with paint thinner
  • Brush all excess paint from the shoe.
  • Then pour a paint thinner directly to the stain of the shoe. Make sure you are doing this outside of the house to avoid spilling the thinner in your house floors. Use a bowl to catch all the excess paint thinner while pouring.
  • Pour slowly and only use what you need depending on how big the stain is.
  • The paint should be softened now a few minutes after pouring the thinner. Scrape off the paint with a knife or toothbrush.
  • Get a damp cloth and wipe the remaining paint.
  • Wash the shoe and dry.

Important tips to remember

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  • When scrubbing your shoe with a toothbrush, do not scrub it too hard, or the quality of your show will get messed up.
  • Please do not use strong soap or detergent when washing the shoe since it can also affect its quality.
  • Do not use bleach when taking off the paint stain, or the shoe will have discoloration.
  • As soon as your shoe got the stain, apply the remedy immediately, or the paint will get dry and tough to remove.
  • Do not wash your shoe in the washer to get rid of the stain. It will only bring damage to your shoes.
  • When drying off the shoe after removing the stains, make sure you don’t dry it inside the dryer. It’s preferred to air dry it. The shoes tend to shrink or lose their highest quality when exposed to high temperatures for a long time.
  • It’s important to note that there are different remedies for every type of shoe. If you have leather shoes, sneakers, or rubber shoes, other remedies work well for each specific type.

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