How to Remove Ballpoint Pen Ink From Wood

A ballpoint pen contains viscous ink that comes in a variety of colors. The ink can easily leak out of the pen when it cracks or breaks. Ballpoint pens often stain most surfaces that they encounter. The ink stain can transfer to wooden surfaces and it will soak into unprotected wood. If you treat the ink stain when it happens, you may be able to remove it successfully before the stain becomes permanent.

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Remove a ball point ink stain from wood to restore it to its original condition.

Step 1

Combine 1 tbsp. of baking soda with 1 tbsp. of water in a bowl to create a thick paste. Rub the paste over the ink stain. Scrub on the stain with an old toothbrush.

Step 2

Allow the baking soda paste to dry. Wipe the baking soda off the wood with a damp washcloth.

Step 3

Blot rubbing alcohol over the ink stain with a washcloth if you still notice the stain.

Step 4

Allow the alcohol to sit on the stain for five minutes to allow it to penetrate.

Step 5

Blot the ink stain with paper towels. Continue to apply the stain removing techniques until you successfully remove the ink stain.


Angela LaFollette

Angela LaFollette

Angela LaFollette was born in raised in West Virginia, but she currently resides with her husband and children in Minnesota. She is food freelance writer and blogger as well as a full-time stay at home mother. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marshall University. Angela's work has appeared on many online publications like Yahoo!, eHow, and Leaf Group.