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Removing Ink Stains - Some Questions and Answers

Many of our reades recommend hairspray or alcohol - then Oxy-bleach or hydrogen peroxide can be used. 'Stain Devils' are really good, they too work on the oxygen bleaching principle.

 

Answer #1: Most experts advise using methylated spirits (methyl alcohol), followed by a wash. UK based readers are fortunate for they can easily buy a "Stain Devil", a range of chemical stain removers, one of which is designed to remove ballpoint stains. They are available in the US. The US distributors are a company called Carbona, www.carbona.com. In the UK www.dr-beckmann.

Answer#1: Ball point pen marks A few asked how to remove ball point pen from wood. WD-40, hair spray or if all else fails try nail polish remover. I had to resort to the nail polish remover to clean up a chair my daughter marked up with a pen. I removed most, but not all of the marks. Areas where the pen gouged deeply it lightened up, but some marks remained. Looks a lot better though!! Test in an area that isn't too visible first to be sure it will not harm the finish and clean it off with a damp sponge once done.  Hope this helps someone. Tom  --  Tom Iwanejko Reply  4 Jan 2003

A: Stain Devils  Hi, I notice in the how to remove stains section, someone recommended "Stain Devil" and implied that it was not readily available, except in the UK. If you ask your search engine to find "Carbona", they are a pharmaceutical supply company that advertise on the web, and have "Stain Devils" for all manner of stains. P.J.Morant. -- Comment 

A: Use hairspray -- Davina Martin

A: Ball Point Pen Removal 
Try using aerosol hair spray applied directly to the stain. ( I usually isolate the stain with an old cloth) spray it, leave it overnite and launder as normal. Good Luck! The cheaper the hairspray the better -- J Langelaan Reply

Q: Ink spotted jeans. Hello, I need some help. I put a load of jeans into the dryer. When I took them out there were ink spots all over the jeans. Low and behold there was an ink pen along with the jeans. Is there a way to remove the ink spots? It's not like one or two places on the pants. It's all over the pants and anywhere from a dot of ink to a blotch of ink. I hope someone has a solution, as I really don't want to have to purchase everyone new jeans. Thanks, Crystal. -- "zigmystr" Reply

Q: Ballpoint ink stain in dryer Help!! A loose ballpoint pen landed in my dryer and all over the clothes inside. I have read some suggestions about removing ink from clothes but what about the dryer itself. I feel as though I have ruined it and it is less than a year old. Can you help? -- Dennis Adams

Q: Ink Removal I have a problem. A pen exploded in my dryer and got all over my clothes. I did not discover that this had happen until I went to take the clothes out of the dryer. I know that hairspray may work if the ink is still wet. My problem is that the ink is already dry. Any suggetions??? Any help would be great! Thanks, -- "Joy" Reply

A: Marks on Walls.  For pencil and pen marks on walls ...just dip a cloth in milk and rub the mark. This always works for me...Vanessa -- Comment

A: Removing Ink Stains. To remove ink stains from clothing, simply spray the dry fabric with hair spray. Then treat with your regular pre-treating spray, or blot with a damp cloth, and voila! It's gone. I've even done this at work, after getting an ink stain on white pants, while wearing them!!!! It came off, too! As always, test a small spot, first! Ms. Jonnie T Williams -- Jonnie Comment

Ball Point Pen Stains

Q: Ball point ink stains.  A ball point pen broke in my dryer. How do I get the ink out of the clothes (all cotton)? -- Helen Granberry Reply  (Ref:0646 )

A: Most experts advise using methylated spirits (methyl alcohol), followed by a wash. UK based readers are fortunate for they can easily buy a "Stain Devil", a range of chemical stain removers, one of which is designed to remove ballpoint stains. They are available but less easily found in the US. The manufacturers are a company called Carbona, www.carbona.com  -- www.qznaz.com 

A: Stain Devils  Hi, I notice in the how to remove stains section, someone recommended "Stain Devil" and implied that it was not readily available, except in the UK. If you ask your search engine to find "Westons", they are a pharmaceutical supply company that advertise on the web, and have "Stain Devils" for all manner of stains. -- P.J.Morant. --  Jan3

A: Use hairspray -- Davina Martin

Answer#1: Ball point pen marks A few asked how to remove ball point pen from wood. WD-40, hair spray or if all else fails try nail polish remover. I had to resort to the nail polish remover to clean up a chair my daughter marked up with a pen. I removed most, but not all of the marks. Areas where the pen gouged deeply it lightened up, but some marks remained. Looks a lot better though!! Test in an area that isn't too visible first to be sure it will not harm the finish and clean it off with a damp sponge once done.  Hope this helps someone. Tom  --  Tom Iwanejko Reply  4 Jan 2003

Q: Stain Devils  Hi, I notice in the how to remove stains section, someone recommended "Stain Devil" and implied that it was not readily available, except in the UK. If you ask your search engine to find "Carbonara", they are a pharmaceutical supply company that advertise on the web, and have "Stain Devils" for all manner of stains. P.J.Morant. -- Reply 17 Jan 2003

Q: Ink pen mark : How do you remove ink pen marks from clothing!!????? -- BARBIE6362 Reply    (Ref:0718)

A: Ink on Clothing. Hi, when I was a waitress, we had to wear white aprons - which got daily ink stains. I sprayed the stains with plain old hairspray then threw in the wash with regular detergent. It never failed for me!! Good luck. -- Tracy Shaw 06/09/2005 (Ref:1183)

A: Ink Stains on Clothing. Hair spray works well, just spray on stain and wash but if stain does not come out do not put in dryer that will set the stain in. -- Tammy Hendricks  Apr 15 2006

Q: Ink Stain How do you remove ink stains from your hands and under your nails?  A stylus tip pen leaked all over me and it won't come off. Thank you --  Donna - Donna M. Koberstine  Reply  (Ref:0720) 

Q: INK ON ACTION MAN  My son decided he would 'tattoo' his action man with a ball-point pen. Now he wants the scribble removed. Suggestions greatly appreciated.-- John Toomey Reply  

Answer#1: Ball Point Pen Removal 
Try using aerosol hair spray applied directly to the stain. ( I usually isolate the stain with an old cloth) spray it, leave it overnite and launder as normal. Good Luck! The cheaper the hairspray the better.
21/07/2005 

Answer#2: Ink Removal. Hi, Try spraying him (the action figure) with hairspray, then scrubbing him with an old toothbrush. rinse under water, and repeat if necessary. -- Tracy Shaw 06/09/2005 

Answer#3: Removing Ball Point Pen from Plastic Toys. Dear John, My daughter had a very expensive baby doll once that she scribbled all over in ball point pen. Nothing worked but after many phone calls to the manufacturer, one very kind employee rang me back with this tip. I didn’t actually believe that it would work, but it did in fact completely remove the ball point pen from the doll. What you need is “Oxy 10” pimple cream (I live in Australia so I don’t know what the equivalent outside Australia would be – some kind of 10 X strength pimple cream from the pharmacy I guess). You then rub this cream all over the toy/doll and let it dry. Then coat it again in the cream and put it out in the sun. The pen should just vanish. As I said, it worked for me but you might want to try a small area first.  I also used it when my daughter scribbled all over the plastic cover of a school book and it worked as well. Best of luck. -- Karen   01/11/2 005

Q: Ink Pen Stain in Dryer  A ball point ink pen broke in my dryer and got all over the dryer door and the inner drum of the dryer. Do you have any suggestions for trying to clean it out? I have already tried toothpaste, vinegar, hairspray and a fabric stain remover. Please email me back with a Reply. Thank you, Jim Brown -- Reply  8 Dec 2002 (Ref:0884)

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