How to Remove Ink From Fabric

Ink can be one of the toughest stains to remove. Because types of ink and different fabrics vary considerably, you may need to use several techniques to remove ink from fabric. If one technique doesn't remove all of the ink, keep trying until you find a technique that works. Act as quickly as possible. The longer the ink remains in your fabric, the harder it will be to remove.

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You may need an arsenal of techniques to remove ink from fabric.

Step 1

Hold the ink-stained fabric under a stream of cool running water to remove as much ink as possible. When the water runs clear and the ink stops running, allow the fabric to air dry. Removing the ink with a stream of water will prevent the ink from spreading. Always remove excess ink with water before using other techniques.

Step 2

Place the ink-stained fabric on a layer of clean, folded paper towels or white cotton cloths, then spray the stain with hairspray. Blot the ink from the wrong side of the fabric, working from the outer edge of the stain to the center. Replace the paper towels or cotton cloths as needed.

Step 3

Rub a few drops of a heavy-duty liquid laundry detergent into the remaining ink stain. Soak the treated garment in a sink filled with 2 to 4 tbsp. of ammonia per each quart of warm water for 15 to 20 minutes.

Step 4

Warm the fabric under hot running water, then squeeze out the excess water. Massage a few drops of glycerine onto the ink stain. Allow the glycerine to sit for two to three minutes, then massage the glycerine into the fabric a second time. Rinse the glycerine from the fabric.

Step 5

Launder the garment, using a color-safe bleach, once the ink stain is removed. Dry the garment as directed on the fabric care tag. If the ink stain remains, repeat the steps or take the garment to a professional dry cleaner.