The academic year has just begin and few things can be as frustrating as an unexpected ink stain on your uniform or clothing. It can be easy to fall into panic mode but with a little bit of calmness and the right approach, your garment can be saved. In this blog, we will look at the best methods to tackle and remove ink stains. Whether it’s a ballpoint pen explosion or an accidental swipe from a marker, we’ve got you covered!
1. Act Quickly
The sooner you address an ink stain, the better your chances of successful removal. Act swiftly to prevent the ink from setting into the fabric.
2. Assess The Stain
Every stain is different and every stain requires different approaches. It’s essential you know if the ink stain is dry or wet before dealing with it.
3. Ensure You Have Correct Materials
Before you begin to remove the ink stains, gather the following materials:
- Clean, white cloths or paper towels
- Rubbing alcohol
- Mild liquid dish soap
- White vinegar
- Whole milk (for certain stains)
- A bowl or basin
4. Removing Ink Stains From Clothes
Water and Soap Method:
- Blot the stain gently with a clean, white cloth or paper towel to absorb any excess ink.
- Rinse the stained area under cold running water, applying gentle pressure from the back of the fabric to push the ink out.
- Apply a small amount of mild liquid dish soap to the stain and gently rub it in.
- Rinse the area with cold water.
- Check the stain. If it’s still visible, repeat steps 2-4 until the stain is gone.
- Launder the garment as usual.
Rubbing Alcohol Method:
- Place a clean cloth or paper towel beneath the stained area to prevent the ink from spreading to other parts of the fabric.
- Dampen a clean, white cloth with rubbing alcohol.
- Blot the stain gently, working from the outside towards the center.
- Replace the cloth as it absorbs ink to avoid re-depositing it onto the fabric.
- Rinse the area with cold water and pat dry.
- Wash the garment as usual.
Milk Method (For Some Stains):
- Soak the stained area in a bowl of whole milk for several hours or overnight.
- Check the stain; it should gradually lift.
- Wash the garment as usual.
5. Washing Your Garment
Only proveed to wash your garment on the washing machine if the ink stain is 100% removed. If it is removed, wash as normal.
6. Preventing Ink Stains
If you’re a university student, you certainly don’t need the added drama of dealing with ink stains. To prevent ink stains in the future consider the following tips:
- Use retractable pens with secure caps.
- Keep pens and markers away from pockets and clothing when not in use.
- Be mindful when handling ink, and keep it away from your clothes.
Removing ink stains from clothes can be a challenging task, but with the right methods and a bit of patience, you can keep your garments looking as good as new.
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