It is very easy to obtain an ink stain. Most of the time we don’t even realize it until we arrive home or someone points it out.
How many times have you held a pen in your hand to write something down and moved away with pen in hand to do something else. That pen is innocent really when we move about with the next task while still holding onto it.
It is so easy to accidentally brush the pen point against a skirt, pair of slacks or trousers or a leather purse. There are other times when a pen is placed inside a pants or shirt pocket and leaks a bit too.
Now you don’t have to panic when you see that stain on clothing or accessories. It is really very easy to get the ink out with these two simple tricks.
The best methods to remove ballpoint pen ink from fabric and leather:
If the ink spot is small or just a line across a patch of leather just spray it with hair spray and wipe off with a dry paper towel. You will be surprised how quickly the ink disappears. If the same minor ink stain applies to fabric there really isn’t any rush to get the ink out. When you are ready to launder that item spray it well with hair spray and toss it into the wash with the rest of the laundry load and when it is taken out at the end of the cycle the stain will be gone and ready to go into the dryer.
Now if the ink stain is heavy it is better to treat the fabric right away. The first thing you want to do is use a wet sponge to try and pull out as much of the ink as you can and use paper towels to press on that area to absorb the ink and excess water. Then allow the spot to dry. Then spray it well on both sides of the ink stain with hair spray and wash the item in warm water and the stain should be gone. If some of the ink does happen to remain wash the item again but this time apply a laundry pre-treating spray or gel on the spot, rub it in and whatever remaining ink will vanish from the clothing.
Do you have a can of hair spray in the house just for this purpose?
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