Remove Ink Stains from Clothes
to Remove Ink Stains from Clothes
Ink stains are extremely common, and are often very
stubborn. Ballpoint ink does not usually spread too much, but they are also
occasionally nearly impossible to get rid of. Other inks may get eliminated
quicker, but the chances of them spreading and affecting more of the fabric
is greater. Here are some tips on how to remove ink stains from clothes.
How to Remove Ink Stains from Clothes:
With ink stains, urgent action is required. And avoid heat at all costs.
Heat will only help set the stain further making your job of stain removal
that much more difficult. Before using any stain removers, test them out on
some inconspicuous area of the garment. Check for colorfastness of the
fabric. Read the garment care instructions carefully.
Learning about the
different types of inks will help you learn how to remove ink stains
The damage from ink can be reduced by putting
absorbents such as talcum powder on still-wet ink stains. This will help
lessen the extent to which it spreads. Even blotting paper can be used to
soak up ink from the cloth before you launch into some elaborate stain
Different inks have different compositions and therefore require different
treatments. Learning about the different types of inks will help you learn
how to remove ink stains from clothes.
Below are given some specific treatments for specific ink stains.
How to Remove Ink Stains from Clothes: Permanent Ink
The inks in permanent markers make fairly permanent marks on the clothes
that they happen to stain. To deal with such a stain you must act at once.
The longer you dilly-dally, the lesser the chances of you ever managing to
get the stain out.
One thing you can do is to place the stained side on absorbent towels and
wet the stained area. But be careful…you do not want to spread all over the
fabric. Continue this till the towels stop getting stained. Let the fabric
dry and then carefully sponge the permanent ink stain with a dry-cleaning
solvent. Let it dry, and then rub the area with detergent and rinse
After that you could apply a very dilute solution of ammonia on the stain
and let it soak. If the stain becomes lighter, rinse the fabric and repeat
Finally, launder as usual.
How to Remove Ink Stains from Clothes: Solvent-Soluble Ink
Sponging the area around the stain with denatured alcohol, and then sponging
the stain itself with the alcohol and forcing the stain onto towels that
will sop it up constitutes the first step to removing such stains. Continue
applying the alcohol to the underside of the stain. Keep replacing the
towels till such time as they stop getting stained. Now rinse the stained
Rubbing the stain with detergent in hot water (the hottest that can be
tolerated by that fabric), and then applying bleach (provided that the
fabric is bleach-safe) will form the next step.
How to Remove Ink Stains from Clothes: Ballpoint Pen Ink
Alcohol-based solvent are good for removing ballpoint pen ink stains. A lot
of people use alcohol-based hair spray. The role of alcohol in this is to
loosen the ink molecules. Placing an absorbent towel under the stain will
help avoid the stain from spreading. It will instead soak up the stain.
Blotting with a clean cloth would also help. Do this for some time till the
ink stops staining the towel or the cloth. Finally launder the garment as
How to Remove Ink Stains from Clothes: Water-Based Ink
Water-based inks respond better to water-based cleaning agents rather than
to alcohol-based ones. While treating the cloth with the cleaner, apply it
onto the underside of the stain. While doing this keep the stained surface
face-down on absorbent towels. This will soak up the excess. As in the
earlier case, repeat this till as much as possible of the stain is removed.
However, before using any kind of cleaner, test it out on the cloth. You do
not want to end up with a discolored fabric.
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