No matter how the ink stain happened, you can successfully treat some of these ballpoint ink stains with a little work and patience. However, before you apply your cleaning agent, you’ll want to take preventative measures to keep the ink from spreading further onto the item.
If you’ve tried to clean an ink stain before, then you may already know how the ink will bleed more, when applying a cleaning agent, on some fabrics than others, resulting in a larger area to clean.
To keep the stain contained and keep it from spreading until it reaches its stopping point, follow these steps.
1. Mix a 50/50 solution (about 1 teaspoon each) of household strength ammonia (without color and fragrance) and 3% hydrogen peroxide. You can make a little more if you need to, just keep the amounts even.
2. Swish the mixture in a small glass cup then use a dropper of some sort or a spoon and apply the mixture going around and into the ink stain. You only need a small amount. I probably start with about 1/4 of a teaspoon.
This will create an area of confinement which should keep the ink from spreading wildly when applying the cleaning solvent.
Cleaning Ballpoint Ink Stains
Now, use a cleaning solvent that is safe for the piece of clothing you’re cleaning to remove the stain.
Cleaning solvents you can use are items such as:
– Nail polish remover with acetone
– Rubbing alcohol
If you try more than one solvent on the same item, be sure to let each evaporate off before using the next cleaning solvent or rinse well and let air dry.
Stain removal involves removing a little of the stain with each application. You may need to repeat using the cleaning agent quite a few times before you see success. If you are seeing progress and the stain is being removed, the process should be repeated.
Use paper towels or a clean absorbent cloth when tamping the cleaning solvent. Again, use something absorbent that can be tossed in the garbage afterward.
Liberally spray the hairspray on the ink stain. Dab or blot with a cloth. Reapply as necessary. I’ve actually had good luck using hairspray on fresh ink marks.
Nail Polish Remover
Another successful way of removing ballpoint ink is to use nail polish remover. This is another of the methods I’ll use first.
If I don’t have hairspray I’ll use nail polish remover and vice versa.
Before doing this, test the nail polish remover on a hidden area of the material.
Pour a small amount of the nail polish remover on the stain. Blot until nothing more can be removed. Again you will most likely need to reapply a few times.
Another good choice for removing ballpoint ink stains. Rubbing alcohol can be dabbed onto the area where the ink stain is.
After applying the rubbing alcohol, blot with a clean cloth. This will remove most of the stain within a matter of minutes.
Image Credits: Ink Stain