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How To Remove Ink Stains Quickly and Completely

Ink stain removal is a bit of a difficulty for a number of reasons. Depending on the type of ink stain that it is, you may be facing a permanent situation. But most stains can be removed if you take the time to learn how to remove them completely and in the right manner. Ink can be in a number of places. You may find it on your clothing, your table cloth or even on your desk. It may wind up on the inside of your wash machine (and probably on the load of clothing too!) It may be on your carpeting or in a number of other places.

If Ink Has Stained You Need To Move FAST:

The first thing that is important about ink stain removal is that you attend to it as soon as possible. The longer that you allow the stain to sit, the more permanent it is going to become. The best method of removal is to work quickly to get rid of the stain.

Stain Removal Tips:

There are several places that stains can be found and for each one there is a method that needs to be adhered to in order to keep them clean. Let’s break that down a bit.

Removing Ink From Clothing:

One of the hardest types and the most common types of ink stain happens on your clothing. To help you to remove them, follow these tips.

  • Use a clean, wet sponge to dab onto the clothing where the ink stain is located. Remove as much of the stain as possible through blotting.
  • When no more ink is coming off, allow the stain to air dry. Do not put into the dryer.
  • Once dry, spray the ink stain with a standard hair spray.
  • Place a paper towel under the stain and one on top to form a sandwich form.
  • Use the paper towel that is on the back of the stain to blot. This will force the stain through the back, into the other paper towel.
  • Continue to do this until the stain is removed.
  • Before you launder the clothing, make sure to treat it with a pre wash stain removal product. Then, launder as you would, but allow it to air dry.

Removing Ink From Furniture:

Now that you have gotten the stain out of your clothing, how will you get it out of your furniture? This proves to be a bit difficult especially when you have highly complex furniture including leathers and expensive fabrics. Make sure to test the cleaning method on a hidden area to insure that it will not cause more damage to your furniture.

If you have a fabric style piece of furniture to remove ink stain from, do the following.

  • Apply hairspray to the area. Saturate it.
  • Use a clean terry cloth to blot the stain.
  • Keep working at it until the stain is lifted. More than likely, you will need to do this several times.
  • If you have removable covers on the furniture, you can remove them at this point and launder as directed. Allow to air dry.

Removing Ink From Leather:

If you get ink on your leather furniture or other leather product, it is best to purchase a commercial grade, leather product stain remover. These products will remove stains from the leather without damaging it. On top of that, they will provide a protective layer of product that will help prevent damage to the leather.

Removing Ink From Inside a Clothes Dryer (Metal):

For those ink stains that wind up inside your dryer or those that end up on other metal surfaces, the best type of ink stain removal will come from using simple rubbing alcohol on them. Apply with a clean, terry cloth. Rub to get the stain out. The newer the stain is, the better your chances of removing it.

Heavy Duty Ink Stain Removal:

Old, set in or other kinds of ink may cause tough stains to clean. If you find yourself in these conditions, you will want to use a paper towel to blot as much of the stain out as possible. Then, blot onto the stain denatured alcohol. This will help to cause the stain to lift out. Once you get most of the stain out, use a pre treatment product for stain removal before laundering. Allow to air dry.

Sometimes, it is necessary for you to have your ink stain treated by a professional. It is quite necessary for you to do this when you have a highly expensive item that has been ink stained. You can also have your clothing dry cleaned for a better, ink stain removal process.


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Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Mrs Clean (Corina Wilson) is not only the owner of the company, but a very busy mother of 3 children.

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