Ink spots do happen every now and then. Either a pen breaks, staining your favourite dress or can accidently get into the dryer and various other items. This usually happens when one goofs around and careless. Now that the spot is there, you don’t need to discard the garment but take a little time to treat the spot.
You should always keep laundry pre-treatment spray for such emergency situations along with bleach, ammonia, vinegar, nail polish remover, alcohol and the usual hairspray. All these items are common household products and help remove ink spots from polyester and cotton fabrics. Let’s look at the details below!
What a bummer; you just spilt ink on the carpet! Don’t waste your time crying, rush to the kitchen, get some milk and mix cornstarch to make a paste. Apply the paste to the spot and continue rubbing gently till the mark is pulled. Allow the concoction to air dry for a few hours, brush off the dried residue and run a vacuum for best results.
Milk & salt
To rid ink off the coloured clothes; drench the fabric overnight in milk! This may sound strange but rather an excellent trick to get the job well done. After an overnight soak, launder following the usual steps. Hand-wash is preferred for best results but you can put them in the machine cycle as well.
Lest the stain is fresh and wet; sprinkle some table salt, take a damp paper towel, dab the spot gently till it takes most of the ink along. In the end, brush off the salt or repeat the process if it’s still there.
For the usual pen burst on your shirt, work up a paste by mixing two tablespoons of tartar cream with an equal portion of lemon juice. Cover the entire spot with the paste and let it sit for almost three to four hours. Gently brush the paste off the shirt and wash normally.
Hairspray & nail polish remover
Having a toddler in the house means ink stains are likely to be at lots of places but on that new white coat is simply intolerable. Take a hairspray and apply on the mark immediately instead of wasting time grasping and complaining. Doing so instantly would surely pull off the mark, however; there’re other tricks as well.
If the ink stains are on the skin where soap and water failed doing their job, it’s time to rub nail polish remover over the spot with a cotton ball. Continue rubbing the affected area gently with the solution and once the spot is gone, wash the skin with usual water and soap. If the ink blots are on the clothes dryer drum, nail polish remover would work here as well.
Cleaning can be tricky with toothpaste as it might or mightn’t clean the spot depending on the fabric. Apply gel-free or usual fluoride toothpaste on the stain and rub vigorously, rinse with water and repeat the process if necessary. This trick also works on lipstick stains but still, fabric quality also matters.