How to remove Ink stain


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Old 12-08-14, 04:56 AM
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How do I remove ink stain from bedsheets?
 
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That's a hard one. I would try bleach with water first.
 
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Pretreat with some GOJO with prumus.
Wash but do not dry until you inspect to make sure the stain is gone.
 
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Alcohol is the preferred solvent for non-permanent inks, naptha for permanent ink.

As Joe said, keep this out of the dryer until the stain is gone as the heat of the dryer can set the stain permanently.
 
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I used to take ballpoint ink out of my white uniforms (poly/cotton) by spraying the spots till running wet, with hair spray (I bought the very cheapest), just before I threw them in the washer with detergent only, no bleach. Probably did use fabric softener. Right, do not put in dryer till marks really gone. Works great. Can repeat if needed but first treatment is most effective so spray very wet.
 
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Hairspray is not recommended because, while it does contain alcohol, it also contains lacquer, which can cause the ink to be more difficult to remove.
 
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Hmmm. Never knew that - the lacquer must have washed right out, then - never had any yellowing or stiffening. ..... And rubbing alcohol (isopropyl 75% in water, I think) never helped on ballpoint marks. Wonder why. ..... I was never near any naphtha. Wonder if vodka would have worked? Gin? ... Excuse me, I'll just wonder away..
 
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I agree with the hair spray suggestion. Aqua net is the brand most often preferred. Used it as a part-time janitor at a high school 30 some years ago, its what the custodians used to get ink out of carpets, and off of desks. Your success probably depends more on they type of material the shirt is made out of. Cotton probably won't completely come clean, but you may have some success with polyester blends.
 
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Agree with the hairspray and AquaNet as long as your spray and wash quickly.
 
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When you see success stories with hairspray, it's usually mentioned to use the cheapest brand - I believe this is because that's the one which is going to have the lowest lacquer content or lacquer/alcohol ratio.

I've used hairspray in the past, just wanted to point out why it might not be the perfect solution.
 
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Old 12-10-14, 08:23 AM
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Alcohol is the preferred solvent for non-permanent inks, naptha for permanent ink.
Most people are confused by naptha. Basically it's lighter fluid.
Naptha and alcohol mixed together also works extremely well and is what I used to remove Sharpie marker ink from many things.
 
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What kind of alcohol did you mix with the lighter fluid? Sounds useful.
 
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Basic isopropyl or rubbing type.
 
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Thank you - handy to know.
 
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Thanks to everyone for some great suggestions.
 
 

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