How to Remove Paint Stain From a Polar Fleece

by Jess Jones

Maybe you are a professional painter. Maybe you work at a home supply store that mixes paint. Maybe you enjoy attempting to recreate a decorating scheme you saw on a home improvement TV show. Regardless of the circumstances, any of these scenarios can result in accidentally mistaking your favorite fleece for a makeshift canvas. Before tossing your paint-splashed fleece in the trash, a few simple steps may help get the paint out for good.

Items you will need

  • Old rag
  • Rubbing alcohol or hair spray (with alcohol)
Step 1

Pour the rubbing alcohol (or spray the hairspray) on the paint stain. Leave for several minutes.

Step 2

Rub with rag until the paint starts to loosen. Use more alcohol or hairspray and repeat the process until all or most of the paint is out.

Step 3

Wash the fleece, but do not put it in the dryer as the heat with set the stain for good.

Step 4

If the stain is still visible after washing, add more alcohol or hairspray and rub with a clean rag. Repeat as needed.


  • Remove the paint stain from your fleece as soon after it happens as possible. The longer the paint dries, the harder it will be to get out.

    If the paint stain has been there for awhile, repeat this process several times.


  • Rubbing too vigorously with your rag may cause discoloration or damage to the fabric.

    Line dry your fleece in between repetitions of the process as the high heat from a dryer will cause the stain to set permanently.

About the Author

Jess Jones has been a freelance writer since 2005. She has been a featured contributing writer for "Curve Magazine" and she teaches English composition at a small college in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She received her Master of Arts in English language and literature in 2002.