A severe ballpoint pen stain on the pocket of a nice shirt may seem like reason enough to discard of the piece of clothing. After reading the remainder of this article you will find that ballpoint pen ink stains are barely a cause for concern. Learning the proper steps for successful stain removal transforms a stain into a manageable obstacle instead of a viable reason for discard. The following article articulates four methods you may employ the next time you contract a ballpoint pen stain.
Use Rubbing Alcohol to Remove
- Isolate the ink stain by placing a clean dish towel underneath the stain and surrounding areas; between the front and back of the shirt. The cloth will act as a protecting and absorbent barrier between the affected front of the shirt and pristine back. Not to mention, the absorbent power of the cloth will undoubtedly hasten the stain removal process.
- Gently soak the ink stain with rubbing alcohol; taking care not to saturate the cloth underneath the shirt.
- Acquire a standard cotton pad and thoroughly moisten one side of it with rubbing alcohol. Place the cotton pad over the stained area on the shirt and let it stand until the cotton pad reaches its capacity or the entire stain has been successfully removed. If the cotton pad reaches its carrying capacity, simply replace it with a fresh one.
Use Hairspray and a Homemade Cleaning Solution
- Spray a thin layer of a “strong hold” hairspray directly onto the ink stain to loosen the pigment. Feel free to blot stain with a cotton pad if any of the ink immediately surfaces.
- Mix a homemade cleaning solution composed of: two cups warm tap water, 1/3 teaspoon of laundry soap and one full tablespoon of white vinegar. Soak the affected area in cycles of thirty minutes until the stain has completely dissipated.
Trust the Power of Your Washing Machine
- Pre-treat the ink stain with a commercial stain remover. Apply the stain remover exactly as it is prescribed by the packaging.
- Before putting anything into the washing machine, turn it on and set it for high temperature wash; include an appropriate amount of laundry detergent. Place the shirt into your empty washing machine after it has finished filling with water.
- Allow the shirt to come clean in the washing machine as it runs on its hottest heaviest settings. When the shirt has finished washing, check to see if any stain remains.
- If there are any remnants of the stain repeat the same process once more before implementing an alternative method for stain removal.
If Everything Else Fails
- This method of stain removal should be considered a last resort and is best used on faded or faint deep stains.
- Soak the affected area in the following solution for a half hour: 2 cups warm tap water, ¼ a teaspoon of liquid dish soap and 1 tablespoon of ammonia. After soaking, rinse with water and allow to air dry on a flat surface.