How to Clean a Painting Drop Cloth

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Things You'll Need

  • Mild detergent
  • Vinegar
  • Scrub brush

Drop cloths serve as a cover for furniture or floors when a paint job is in progress. Luckily, these drop cloths are usually made out of canvas, a very durable fabric that can stand up to many washings. Be careful not to rip the edges of your canvas, because a small rip in canvas can turn into a large tear with improper handling.

Allow any stains or paint on the canvas drop cloth to dry.

Beat the canvas cloth against the ground to remove caked-on paint.


Spray the canvas with a homemade or store-bought canvas cleaning spray. You can use a mixture of 1 part mild detergent or vinegar to 3 parts water.


Scrub using a small brush, and soak the canvas in warm water.


Add powdered or liquid laundry detergent to the water. Try using enough detergent for a small load of laundry.


If stains persist, you can run the canvas through the washing machine on the gentle cycle. Use warm water and a mild detergent.


Allow the canvas to air-dry to avoid unnecessary damage.



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Breann Kanobi has worked as freelance writer since 2010. Kanobi regularly submits content online to Gamer DNA. Kanobi received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in film and television from New York University in 2010.

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