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Proven Ways in Removing Ink Stains from your Fabrics

Filed in Articles by on June 22, 2021

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If you’ve ever washed a trouser with a pen in the pocket, you know that removing ink stains is both unsightly and tricky. It could be disheartening seeing your precious clothes all ruined with ink stains. Whether the ink is black, blue, or red, ridding the mark from clothes, furniture, linens, and more is a common housekeeping annoyance.

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Unfortunately, there is no catch-all trick that works for all fabrics. To beat the stain, you need to know what type of solution will work with the fabric and what application technique will remove ink stains from the surface.

Before you make a mistake that only draws more attention to the stain, follow our advice on how to get ink out of clothing and other fabric items.

How to Remove Ink Stains from Wool Clothing

For wool items, blot the ballpoint pen stain with paper towels. Try blotting the wool with cold water first to see if the stain lifts. If stain remains, spray the ink stain with hairspray and blot, repeating until stain lifts.

Blot with warm water. You also can dip a soft-bristled toothbrush in a 50-50 solution of water and vinegar and gently scrub that on the stain. Dab with cold water and blot dry.

How to Get Ink Out of Polyester or Nylon Clothing

Before you try to remove ink stains from polyester or nylon, test the treatment on a hidden corner or seam to check for color damage. Then stretch the stained area over the mouth of a jar or glass.

Slowly drip rubbing alcohol through the stain, catching the ink residue in the jar. Rinse, then line-dry. Wash the garment, and if necessary, use color-safe bleach (as long as the label says it’s OK). Air-dry, and make sure the ink is gone before you dry as directed.

How to Remove Ink Stains from Cotton

Lightly spritz the cotton with hair spray to loosen the ink stain. Then soak for 30 minutes in a solution of 1/2 teaspoon dishwashing detergent and 1 tablespoon white vinegar diluted in 1-quart warm water. (Test on an inconspicuous spot first.)

Rinse with water and allow to dry. If stain persists, press with an absorbent cloth moistened with alcohol. Change cloth as stain lifts. After the stain is removed, dab with water, then a dry cloth.

How to Get Ink Out of Spandex/Lycra

To remove ballpoint pen ink from spandex or Lycra, test the treatment on a hidden corner or seam first to check for color damage. Then stretch the stained area over the mouth of a jar or glass.

Slowly drip rubbing alcohol through the stain, using the jar to catch the ink residue. Rinse and line-dry the garment, then wash, using a color-safe bleach, if necessary and the label says it’s OK. Air-dry, and make sure the ink stain is gone before you dry as directed again.

How to Remove Ink Stains from Leather

To remove ink stains from leather clothing, use a cleaning product specifically designed for leather. Apply the leather cleaner with a clean cloth as soon as possible, preferably within the first six hours after staining. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the leather cleaner.

Proven Ways in Removing Ink Stains

Ink Stain Removal for Chenille Clothing

To treat an ink stain on washable chenille, first soak the item for 30 minutes in an ink stain remover solution of 1/2 teaspoon mild, clear dish soap, and 1 tablespoon white vinegar diluted in 1-quart warm water. Rinse with water and air-dry. If the stain remains, dab with rubbing alcohol (test on an inconspicuous spot first).

Rinse with water, and wash as directed on the garment’s label. Air-dry and inspect to make sure the stain has been removed before drying as directed again.

How to Remove Ink from Silk

For ink stains on silk clothing, blot the stain with paper towels as soon as possible. You can simply blot with cold water as long as the stain lifts. If stain remains, spray with hairspray and continue blotting until the stain lifts. Finish by blotting with warm water.

You also can dip a soft toothbrush in a 50-50 solution of water and vinegar, then gently scrub on the stain. Dab with cold water. Blot dry.

How to Get Ink Out of Corduroy Clothing

To remove a pen ink stain on washable corduroy, first soak the item for 30 minutes in a solution of 1/2 teaspoon mild, clear dish soap and 1 tablespoon white vinegar diluted in 1-quart warm water. Rinse with water and air-dry. If the stain remains, dab with rubbing alcohol (test on an inconspicuous spot first).

Rinse with water, and wash as directed on the garment’s label. Air-dry and inspect to make sure the stain has been removed before drying as directed again.

Ink Stain Removal for Suede Fabric

To remove a ballpoint pen stain from suede, test in an inconspicuous area with a dab of consumer dry-cleaning solvent on a clean cloth, then apply sparingly on the stain, following the manufacturer’s instructions.

How to Get Ink Out of Velvet

Be sure to follow the instructions on the garment’s label before trying to remove an ink stain from velvet. To treat a ballpoint pen stain on washable velvet, first soak the item for 30 minutes in a solution of 1/2 teaspoon mild, clear dish soap and 1 tablespoon white vinegar diluted in 1-quart warm water.

Rinse with water, and air-dry. If the stain remains, dab with rubbing alcohol (test on an inconspicuous spot first). Rinse with water, and wash as directed on the label’s garment. Air-dry, and inspect to make sure the stain has been removed before drying as directed again.

How to Get Ink Out of Canvas or Linen Clothing

To remove ink stains from washable linen or canvas, test rubbing alcohol on an inconspicuous spot to ensure it won’t damage the fabric. Then place the stained area facedown over the mouth of a jar or glass, holding the fabric taut so the ink spot won’t spread.

Drip rubbing alcohol through the stain. The alcohol will pull the ink along as it drops into the jar. Rinse well and line-dry, then check that the stain has been removed before washing per fabric-care instructions

Note: Be sure to follow the instructions on the garment’s label and the manufacturer’s instructions on any products mentioned as you go through the ink stain removal process.

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Home Remedies on Removing these Unwanted Colors

Ink stains could be very annoying when you were late for work and you discovered your shirt has been stained from the leaked biro in your pocket. There are ways to avert these incidents, take a look at these remedies below.

Hair Spray:

Hair sprays, especially ones with alcohol content, work wonders in cleaning ink stains from the clothes. All you need to do is spray a generous amount of spray on the stained area and let it sit for a minute. Take a cotton ball and start dabbing on the stain until the stain gets lifted.

Once the stain is lifted, wash the cloth in a usual way. This method works well for cleaning ink stains on cotton clothes or polyester-based garments. Do not use it on delicate materials like silks or leather.

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Rubbing Alcohol:

Rubbing alcohol is an effective remedy for lifting off almost any kind of ink stains such as ball pen, ink pen, marker pen, sketch pen, etc. All you need is some good quality rubbing alcohol and a sponge or cotton. Soak the sponge in the rubbing alcohol and dab gently over the stain until it gets lifted.

Once it is done, launder the garment like usual. Refrain from using this method on silk, woolen, or rayon fabrics.

Baking Soda and Water:

Baking soda and water combo are also effective in removing the ink stains from almost any kind of fabric. Take two parts of baking soda and one part of water and mix nicely to make a paste.

Take a cotton ball, soak it into the baking soda and water paste and dab it on the ink stain until the stain fades away. Wash the garment with regular detergent.

Dry Cleaning Fluids:

You can also get hold of some good dry-cleaning fluids that you may be having in your house. These liquids are very effective in removing ink stains.

Take any such fluid and follow the instructions given on the label for removing stains. You can use a cotton ball or any soft cloth for blotting the stain and then wash the garment as usual.

White Vinegar:

Using white vinegar is also an effective home remedy for removing pen ink stains from garments. Use any kind of white vinegar that is sitting in your pantry. Mix equal parts of vinegar and water and soak the garment in the mixture for approximately half an hour. Keep dabbing the stain in between.

Never use hot water to soak the garment as it may set the stain; always use cold water for soaking. Wash the garment after soaking to get rid get off the mark.

Salt:

The salt that you use in your kitchen can be used for lifting the ink stain too. However, this method will work more effectively if the stain is still wet. Place some salt on the stain and take a wet paper towel and dab on it until the stain gets lifted.

You can brush off extra salt and wash the garment. You may also repeat the steps if the stain does not get lifted in the first go.

Nail Polish Remover:

Are you looking for alternatives for removing ink stains from jeans? well, try using some nail polish remover. The alcohol content in the remover works well in lifting up the ink marks.

Simply soak a cotton ball with generous amounts of nail polish remover and dab on the satin until the mark fades off. Wash with soap and water for cleaning the garment.

Toothpaste:

Toothpaste is also a great alternative when it comes to removing ink stains from white clothes or colored ones. Take a sufficient amount of toothpaste and place it on the stained area.

Rub the area gently until the stain fades away. You may repeat a few more times if the stain is tougher. Remember to use non-gel-based toothpaste for this procedure.

Dish Detergent and Glycerine:

Take one tablespoon of dish detergent and one teaspoon of glycerine and mix them well. Take a soft white cloth and soak in the mixture and gently dab on the stained area. Let the mixture sit on the garment for 5 minutes before running the garment underwater.

Sandpaper:

It may seem a bit unusual but sandpaper can work wonders in lifting up ink stains from suede garments or shoes. All you require is sandpaper and gentle scrubbing on the stained area. Buffing gently with a nail brush or toothbrush after scrubbing with the sandpaper may work just fine.

Cream of Tartar and Lemon Juice:

Ink stains can be removed by using a cream of tartar and lemon juice combination too. All you would need is an equal amount of both these ingredients and mix them well. Cover the stained area with this paste and leave for 3 to 4 hours and then wash the garment.

Milk:

Fill a shallow bowl or another container with enough milk to cover the ink stain when the fabric is submerged and let soak overnight. Remove the next day and launder the clothing as recommended.

No matter how much we try to keep our clothes spick-and-span, it is difficult to evade stains.

So, whether it is an unfortunate ink leak or a clumsy pen mishap, you may have pen ink stains on your clothes. However, the saving grace is that this article states some easy and effective home remedies that you can try for getting rid of ink stains from your clothes.

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