I have lost a few items of clothing over the years thanks to ink. I am talking about putting a pen in the pocket of my hoodie, a work shirt that got covered in ink while working, and as I am a parent felt tip pen stains have been a battle scar on more than my fair share of clothing!
Well instead of just throwing out your item of clothing that has been damaged by ink, I am going to share with you tips for getting ink out of clothes.
If the ink stain is fresh and you are able to treat it right away, you will have a much easier time getting rid of that ink stain. It is very important to remember, you do not want to scrub or rub, just dab and I am not talking about the weird dance all the kids are doing these days.
Older ink stains can be a royal pain in the rear end to get out. This is because the ink bonds to the cloth and it does not want to let go! It is hard, but with a little work and some elbow grease, you can get it done.
One of the classic home remedies for ink stains is hairspray. This may have been true 20 maybe even 30 years ago.
However, hairspray does not have much if any alcohol in it these days so it is not going to be very effective at all and depending on what is in the hairspray you are using, it could end up damaging your item of clothing even further.
While hairspray will not do much good at all, hand sanitizer does tend to have alcohol in it still. You want to make sure it is not colored (so none that is aimed at kids) and that it does contain alcohol.
Having some of this on hand is not a bad idea at all as you can use it to treat any ink stains as soon as they happen and you will have a much easier chance of getting rid of that stain before it sets. At the very least if it happens while you are at work, it will make it easier to get rid of the stain when you finally get home.
If you are like me and prefer to dry your clothes in a dryer rather than them getting pooped on by the birds or soaking wet when it rains, you need to make sure that the stain is gone before you dry it. If you put it in the dryer with the stain still on, it will be even harder for you to get rid of it.
I have said it a couple of times now, but rubbing an ink stain even an older one is the worst thing that you can do. It just presses the ink in even more which makes it harder or near impossible to remove without taking it to a professional garment cleaner.
So while the first instinct is to take it to the sink and rub like a maniac do not do it! Dabbing and blotting is the way to go.
I will not lie and say that getting ink out of clothes is easy. But if you have been wondering how to get ink out of clothes the two methods I have will give you the best chance possible.
So if you have had a pen leak in your pocket at work or if one of the kids have got pen all over their favorite Transformers shirt, you now know how you can try to get rid of it.
This post was last updated on September 20th, 2018 at 01:33 pm
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