Caption: Various stain removal products can be applied to the stain over
a towel, and the stain should be blotted with a clean towel.
Q: We’ve been having problems getting ink stains
out of garments. Some products work on some fabrics, but if you use them on
different fabrics they can pull color. Is there any product or process that is
safe for all fabrics?
A: Various stain removal products and procedures can
be used for successful removal of ink stains. In most cases, ink stains can be
removed using volatile dry solvent and oily type paint remover. These products
should be applied to the stain over a towel, and the stain should be blotted
with a clean towel. Repeat this process until the stain stops bleeding.
Remember to move the
towel below the stain and the area used for blotting to prevent the ink from transferring
back onto the fabric. Once the stain has stopped bleeding flush thoroughly with
VDS. If any color from the stain is left, it may be removed with wetside
When attempting this
process, the stain may spread or start to wick out. If it starts to spread
immediately flush with volatile dry solvent, then resume working on the stain
until all bleeding stops. Even though this looks bad, it is a sign that the
stain is breaking up, and may possibly be removed. This process may take 5–30
minutes or more, depending on the original stain.
There are a lot of
commercial products available that will aid in removing certain types of stains
that are faster than the “blotting” method. These products may damage some
fabrics, so follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
For more information DLI Silver, Gold and Premier members may see this and many other bulletins in DLI's Encyclopedia of Drycleaning online:
- Technical Operating Information No. 736: Ink Stains