Ink stains on clothes can happen at any time. The culprits are pens and artists ink but no matter what the reason is, once the ink is on your clothing, it can be very hard to remove. Although it is difficult, all is not lost and there are a number of tried and tested ways to remove ink stains from clothes. This is exactly what we are going to tell you here.
How To Remove Ink Stains From Clothes?
Here are some useful tips to make a note of.
1. Do Not Rub The Stain
Rubbing the stain can have a detrimental effect of spreading the ink. Pressing firmly against it with a paper towel however will act as an absorbent. Thereby, helping to remove the wet ink from the fabric and making the stain easier to tackle or less obvious.
2. Use Of Alcohol Or Methylated Spirits
Alcohol or Methylated spirits can be useful for removing ink stains from clothes given that the stain is not set. Alcohol or Methylated spirits work by neutralising a pigment contained within the ink and assists in making the stain disappear. Alcohol doesn’t work as effectively with cotton clothes as the ink can spread when it is rubbed with alcohol. The approach to adopt when using alcohol or methylated spirit as a stain remover is as follows:
- Dip a cloth or cotton swab into the alcohol or methylated spirit
- Gently dab the ink mark with the cotton swab, cloth or small sponge
- Repeat as needed
- Dip a further fresh cotton swab or sponge into cold water and continue to dab the area to assist the removal of the alcohol from the clothing.
- Allow the fabric dry before attempting to remove the ink stain again.
- After each application rinse the stain with water.
- Be patient ink stain removal can be a lengthy process
- Allow the area to dry as necessary and then consider washing the clothing as
3. Use Hairspray
When it comes to how to remove ink stains from clothes, hairspray is something often experts suggest. It works by making the ink to dissolve. Further, making it easier to wash off the ink from clothing.
Just soak the ink-stained clothing with the hairspray. Then use a damp cloth to blot the stain but avoiding rubbing. This process should be continually repeated until the stain fades and the clothing is washed. It is important to ensure that all the ink is been removed before the washed clothing is dried in a dryer as drying the stain could potentially cause it to set.
4. Use Milk
Milk can be used in a variety of ways to assist the removal of an ink stain:
- Milk should be cold and should be applied after dabbing up the ink with tissue or paper towels. The stain should be soaked in milk for half an hour.
- Warm milk can also be applied.
- A suitable container should be used and the affected part of the clothing should be soaked in the milk at the earliest opportunity. The stain should be rinsed afterwards and then washed as it would be normally.
- Rotten milk can also be used. In this case, milk should be left in a container or within a heat source such as the sun to cause it to rot. When the milk turns lumpy or smelly then it is ready to use. The rotten, now somewhat solid pieces should be applied directly to the stain. Once they start being absorbed into the ink stain then the lumps should be shaken from the clothing. One the stain has disappeared it should be rinsed off and washed as normal.
5. Use Of Commercial Stain Removers
Commercial stain removers should be considered for tougher or older stains and are readily available to buy. Some common choices include:
- Whiteboard cleaners: These work by loosening the ink stain prior to rinsing or washing off as normal
- Dry cleaners: Dry cleaners are always a useful consideration as they may have options or products available to tackle tough stains that may not normally be readily available. They may have access or use of much stronger chemicals that have been specifically designed to tackle stains.
6. Other Options
Further options that can be considered for the removal of stains include the following:
Nail Polish remover – Nail polish remover can be a useful especially for ink stains from a pen again using the approach of dabbing the stain
Rice – If clothes are made of cotton then rice can be sprinkled onto the stain where occasionally the friction can help reduce or remove the stain. This process can however be time consuming and not very effective in comparison to other means.
Lemon and Vinegar – A combination of lemon and vinegar is also a known means to tackle stains by dabbing onto the affected area and then washing as normal.
Regardless of the product or method used to attempt removal of the ink stain, all seem to have a very common approach with a number of key steps:
- Use paper towels or materials with other absorbent properties to apply pressure to the stain in the first instance
- Dab the stain with the chosen method or solution
- Wash the stain as normal after methods to remove the stain have been executed
- Do not attempt to try the stain with a heat source as it may set. Let the garment dry naturally
- Consider repeating the methods as required. Ink may not always be removed on the first attempt