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How to Remove Ink Stains from Clothes
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How to Remove Ink Stains from Clothes

Ink stains can be a pain, but they also are very simple to deal with. Here's how to remove ink from garments.

Whether there’s been an unfortunate pen leak or your toddler’s gotten enthusiastic with his markers, ink stains can dramatically change the appearance of an outfit. Luckily, they’re also very simple to get rid of. This article explains how to remove ink from different garments, delicates, and standard clothing.

Essential Tips on How to Remove Ink Stains

Regardless of the kind of ink or fabric involved, there are a few basic tips you always need to follow when trying to remove stains:

1) Treat the stain the right away

Don’t wait until a few hours after school or work to treat the stain, as it will become much harder to remove.

2) Keep the stain wet

If you’re in an awkward place or if it is a particle that requires dry cleaning only, then at least keep the ink stain wet until you can treat it properly. A dried ink stain is much tougher to treat.

3) Dab at the stain, don’t rub

When the stain first happens, take a paper towel and hold it firmly against the stain to soak up any excess ink. But do NOT rub the stain, as that may only work the ink further into the fabric.

4) Put a clean towel underneath the stained fabric

This is to absorb any ink underneath and prevent it from staining the next layer of fabric. Keep the towel here when you treat the stain using one of our remedies below. Just make sure it’s a towel or cloth you don’t mind getting dirty.

Key Steps:

  1. Act as soon as possible!
  2. If you’re not at home, quickly grab a paper towel or napkin and blot the ink – do not rub the stain.
  3. Keep the stain wet until you can treat it properly.

Top Tip

Ink stains can happen when you least expect them – but they are easy to get out if you use the right laundry detergent, like Surf excel Liquid Detergent. The faster you can treat the stain, the better the result. Just remember to follow the instructions on your product’s label carefully.