Ink Stains & Ink Stain Removal


Ink spots and stains are a challenge. One mistake is applying a strong solvent first, and then battling the inevitable spreading of the ink. If that occurs, you have trouble. Knowing that ink will spread (remember, just a tiny amount of ink will spread to cover a large area) means you begin the spot and stain removal process with containment in mind.

Removing Ink Stains From Carpet

Here’s how to stop this from happening: Surround the ink spot with a barrier. Water will work, but best is a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and ammonia. Most recommend mixing the peroxide and ammonia 50/50, but often only a few drops of ammonia will work.

If you are cleaning a natural fabric, typically found in furniture then skip the ammonia. The ammonia is a catalyst to the peroxide, and makes the peroxide work better, but will cause damage to natural fibers such as wool, cotton, linen and others.

Once the ink spot is surrounded with a barrier, apply a solvent to dissolve the ink. As the ink wants to spread, don’t allow it. Take an eyedropper and push the ink back to the middle with your peroxide barrier. Keep repeating this process until the ink is gone. Blot or dry vacuum to keep moisture levels within limits. Most ink is removed this way, without extracting. But extract at the end of the job to remove cleaning residues.

Remove Ballpoint Pen Ink Stains From Clothing

  1. Dab the ink stain with a clean wet sponge or paper towel.
  2. Spray your ink stain with hair spray.
  3. Place the stained fabric between two clean paper towels.
  4. Blot from the back side of the stained fabric, spraying with additional hair spray if needed
  5. Apply a laundry pre-treatment stain remover
  6. Wash your article of clothing and air dry.

Remove Ink Stains From Fabric

  1. Pour denatured alcohol through the ink stain.
  2. Rub with Vaseline petroleum jelly.
  3. Sponge the stain with non-flammable dry cleaning solvent.
  4. Soak the stained items in a detergent solution.
  5. Wash clothing with detergent and use a bleach safe for the fabric.

Ink Stain Removal Method 2

  1. Run cold water on the ink stain until no more ink comes out.
  2. Make a paste of lemon juice and detergent. Put on the ink stain
  3. Let it sit for 30 minutes
  4. Wash and dry as usual.

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