How to remove ink stains from cloth?

Quite often we hear the same questions from customers who need help and advice on how to change refills in fountain pens, or how to remove ink stains, or what cartridges or refills to use for pen A or pen B, and so on. We decided to make a sequence of articles  dedicated to such subjects like ”How to…”

Let talk about the most common problem people have to deal with at one point or other. Of course, it’s ink stains and how to remove them from cloth. How many times we’ve left a pen in a pocket when doing laundry, only to have it leak onto other fabrics in the wash load. Ink can be pretty tough to get out, but most ink stains come out with lots of persistence and patience.

There are plenty of tips on removing ink stains from clothing without spending a bargain. Get clean clothes again after an accidental spill of ink.

You will need:

  • Light-Colored Cloths
  • Hair Spray
  • Clear or White Dishwashing Liquid
  • Isopropyl Or Denatured Alcohol
  • Milk
  • White Vinegar
  • Cornstarch
  • Old Toothbrush
  • Baby Wipes

Step 1: Prep Yourself

    Always treat the stain as soon as you can. Fold a light-colored cloth and place it underneath the stain to prevent the stain from spreading to more fabric. Be sure to also test the different solvents on a hidden area first to avoid discoloration.

Step 2: Wet Ones

    If you have them handy, try this solution first. Simply wipe the ink stain with a moist wipe or a baby wipe. Many clothing stores keep baby wipes on hand in case employees accidentally mark on clothing.

Step 3: Spray Away

    First dab the stain with lukewarm water until no more ink transfers out onto your absorbent pad. Next, soak the mark with hair spray and blot until, again, no more ink transfers out. Cheap hairspray often times work the best. Finally, dab with a mixture of warm water and clear or white dishwashing liquid.

Step 4: Milk It

    If hair spray didn’t do the trick, try soaking the stain in milk for 1 hour. Remove the garment from the milk and wring it out. After the milk works to break down the stain, you’ll want to coat it with a paste of vinegar and cornstarch. Let the paste dry and then brush away.

Step 5: Alcohol

    Try dabbing the stain with a cloth moistened with isopropyl or denatured alcohol. Isopropyl alcohol is simply rubbing alcohol that you probably already have in your bathroom cabinet. Denatured alcohol can be found at hardware stores. Again, watch for when no more ink transfers onto the absorbent cloth.

Step 6: Laundry Time

    By now, one or a combination of these steps should have worked for you. Your last step should be to launder your item as usual. Just be sure not to dry the item until all stains have been lifted.

Hope that you found this tips helpful and this where you leaving your pen next time. If you more tips on how to remove stains from cloth, we would love to hear from you, please share your tips in Comment section below.

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