If you don't have a spot remover on available when an out-of-control pen wreaks havoc on your clothes or furnishings, try a little hairspray. Simply spray the hairspray straight over the ink, wait 30 seconds, then wipe away with a moist towel. The alcohol in the hairspray will remove most inks from fabrics.
However, after some research, I realized that you don't need pricey chemicals—just plain regular hairspray would do! You can see the ink rising to the surface! Then brush off any residue left on your printer with a soft brush or toothbrush.
With a Q-tip, apply a solvent such as rubbing alcohol, hairspray, or hand sanitizer to an inconspicuous part of the garment and leave it for 1-3 minutes. Blot with a paper towel and continue to pre-treat if no color comes out on the towel. Blot away any excess ink with a paper towel. Let the item air-dry before putting it in the washer or dryer.
If the ink has soaked into the fiber of the garment, remove some fibers by cutting out a small piece of the material (about 1/4 inch x 1 inch) with sharp scissors. Put the cutout in a bowl full of cold water. Soak for several hours or overnight. Rinse the piece of fabric in cold water, squeeze out the water, then repeat until there is no more color coming out of the water. Place the piece of stained fabric in the sun for several days, changing the water every day. After about seven days, the stain should disappear.
These methods work for most types of white ink, but they cannot be used for fluorescent colors or toners. If you have black ink on white clothes, follow the instructions above. The Q-tip will not work for black clothing because there is no solvable area of the cloth where you can put a solvent without affecting the color elsewhere on the item.
The best way to get rid of white ink stains is with a professional cleaning.
To be removed, ink stains from a standard pen must be pre-treated. We will use alcohol spray to dilute the stain and help it dissolve from the cloth. Because the alcohol dries fast, the garment must be washed on a hot wash with detergent immediately after we apply it. The pen may be discarded after it has been used.
Pencil marks can be difficult or impossible to remove completely, but they can usually be made less visible by rubbing them with an eraser. If that doesn't work, try sanding or staining over the mark before finishing the piece of wood.
Mix one part warm water to two parts white vinegar and pour it into a bowl or onto a plate large enough to hold all of your shoes. Place them in a row inside out and add a small amount of soapy water to each shoe. Let them sit for five minutes, then pull them out one at a time and rinse under cold water. Do not scrub them! If there is any residue left behind, repeat with a new solution.
Permanent markers are designed for plastic and vinyl materials instead of leather. They are composed of solid pigments suspended in petroleum jelly or other solvents.
Fresh ink stains are simpler to remove before they dry and get permanently embedded in the cloth. Blot away excess discoloration carefully, taking care not to rub it into the fibers. To dilute the stain, use rubbing alcohol, hairspray, or hand sanitizer. This will make it simpler to remove during the wash. If these methods fail, try using a gentle cleaner for fabrics.
Soaking your garment in a bath of bleach and water can destroy certain colors in clothing, so don't do it unless you want to lighten up your wardrobe. And although chlorine is effective at getting rid of bacteria, it will also fade colors over time.
If you have an older garment that may have ingredients that are toxic to humans, such as pesticides, antifreeze, or gasoline, then you should probably wear something else while cleaning it. These substances are very harmful if you ingest them or have them absorbed through your skin.
Also be careful with any chemicals found in household products. These include cleaners, bleaches, and dye removers. They can cause serious damage to healthy tissue if enough of it comes in contact with those chemicals. The only safe way to clean laundry is on the cycle specified by the manufacturer. Don't use alternatives such as baking soda or vinegar because they'll cut into the fabric's strength. Additionally, avoid using heat on clothing.
Rubbing alcohol is the first remedy to attempt. Place the clothes on a clean white towel. Before adding rubbing alcohol to the permanent ink stain, try it in a hidden area. Rub alcohol onto the stain to remove it. Be careful not to get any alcohol on bare skin or into your eyes.
If this doesn't work, try using a mixture of one part vinegar to three parts water. Put the clothes in a bowl or other container and pour over the solution. Let the clothes soak in the mixture for at least 30 minutes but no more than 48 hours. Remove the clothes from the liquid and rinse them in cold water. If the ink spot returns, repeat the process with fresh washing soda or vinegar.
These remedies will work for most colors of ink, but they may not remove dark blue or black stains. For these cases, take the clothes to a local dry cleaner and have them extract the ink with chemicals.