Removing Ink from Clothes
Accidents happen and when one involves ink getting on your clothing you can worry that you’ve ruined your favorite garment. However, you shouldn’t despair, with a little time and effort you can remove ink from your clothes, even when the ink seems set in.
- Quickly cover the ink-stained area of clothing with hairspray and allow it to sit for a few minutes.
- Gently dab the ink with a damp cloth and watch to see the ink lifting away from the garment.
- If no further results are seen, sprinkle cornstarch on the stained area and try again, pressing gently each time with a damp cloth.
- Reapplying hairspray as needed. Rinse in cold water when finished.
- For concentrated ink stains, use rubbing alcohol on the stain.
- Dab directly onto stain and try not to saturate the fabric too much.
- Rinse the garment with cold water.
- Apply laundry detergent directly to the stain and rub if necessary with a damp cloth. Proceed by washing the garment as normal in the washing machine.
- Test a small area of clothing material first. Before using any of the above methods, it is important to make sure that the method used doesn’t ruin the fabric. So, it is best to test a small area of the material first if you are unsure.
- It’s best to act fast. When ink gets onto clothing, it’s best to try to remove it as quickly as possible. It becomes more difficult to remove the longer it stays on the garment.
If you find the ink will not come out after numerous attempts, it may be best to enlist in the help of a professional cleaner. Many stains don’t come out with regular laundering and require special materials and tools that a typical consumer might not have at home. With a little patience, you can get ink out of clothes and return your favorite pieces to wearable condition.