Ink is one of the most common stains to damage clothing. Ink pens leak, they accidentally get left in pockets and tossed into the wash, and they slash across fabric when users are gesturing with them in hand. As someone responsible for household laundry, you might find ink pens downright dangerous. Luckily, there are ways to remove the stains safely without damaging clothing fabric. Here are a few tips:
How to Get Ink Out of Clothes Using Hairspray
First, blot the stain with a wet sponge to sop up as much of the ink as possible. Next, treat the stain by spraying hair spray on the affected area prevents the stain from setting into the fabric. This only works on small stains, so if you pen leaks giant blogs of ink, try another tactic. Once you have sprayed the small stain with hairspray, let it sit for about two minutes. Place the fabric between two paper towels and press together. He paper two will absorb the ink. You should not rub the stain because it will smear the ink, further damaging the fabric. Next, pretreat the stain with a commercial stain remover and wash in warm water. You might need to wash twice to completely remove the ink. Do not dry the fabric until the stain is gone.
How to Get Ink Out of Clothes Using Rubbing Alcohol
This is a variation of the treatment above because alcohol is the active stain-removal agent in hair spray. If you do not use hairspray, rubbing alcohol can be used to dissolve the stain. Use the same method above and wash the garment as usual. This method is especially useful for felt tip pen stains.
How to Get Ink Out of Clothes Using Carpet Cleaner
Just as commercial carpet cleaners get stains out of carpet fabric, they can be used on clothing. Spray the stain with carpet cleaner and allow it to soak for a few hours. Rinse the fabric and, if the stain is no longer visible, launder as usual. Repeat the application of carpet cleaner if necessary.
Hairspray is occasionally effective for removing permanent ink stains, but a stronger method is usually required. Keep in mind this method will not work for clothing that cannot be bleached. Using the double paper towel method from above, apply nail polish remover to the stain. Acetone is the active ingredient in nail polish that helps with the removal of the stain. You might be able to use straight acetone on some fabrics, but proceed with caution, so you do not further damage the clothing.
In all cases, the use of a commercial stain remover or “stain stick” can further remover the stain from the fabric without damaging the clothing. In any of these cases, pre-treat the area for a few hours with commercial stain remover before laundering.