What Is the Best Way to Remove an Ink Stain?


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To remove an ink stain, you must determine what type of ink caused the stain. The three types of ink stains are ballpoint, permanent and water-based. Water-based stains are removed with water instead of rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover.

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  1. Dab the stain with rubbing alcohol

    Place the piece of stained fabric on top of a clean, dry cloth. Dab the stain with rubbing alcohol, and pat the stain with a clean cloth.

  2. Rinse, pre-treat and launder the fabric

    Rinse the fabric completely. Soak the stained area with liquid laundry detergent for three to five minutes, and then wash in the hottest water tolerated by the type of fabric.

  3. Check the stain prior to drying

    Before drying, check to ensure the stain was removed. If it was not, repeat the steps above using nail polish remover instead of rubbing alcohol until the stain is gone.

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