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How do I remove permanent ink stains from clothes?


How do I remove permanent ink stains from clothes?

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Question: How do I remove permanent ink stains from clothes?
Permanent ink is usually impossible to remove, especially from colored clothing. Certainly, attempt the same steps as for removing ballpoint ink and washable markers; it won’t hurt. If the stain remains, consider a decorative patch or embroidery, or allow your child to create a new design with permanent markers for an individual look.
Answer: First, wet a cotton swab with rubbing alcohol and test the fabric to be sure the alcohol does not damage or discolor the material. Working from the outside of the stain to the inside, dab the spot with the swab. Change to a new swab as ink is absorbed to keep from redistributing the ink. Launder according to the fabric label directions.

If the garment is dry clean only, point out and identify the stain to your professional cleaner. If you are using a home dry cleaning kit, be sure to treat the stain with the provided stain remover before putting the garment in the dryer bag.

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