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Ink Stains on Acetate

Ink StainsQ: How do you remove ink stains from acetate?

A: The regular procedure for removing ink stains is as follows:
  1. volatile dry solvent
  2. oily-type paint remover
  3. volatile dry solvent
  4. steam or water
  5. neutral synthetic detergent
  6. ammonia or protein formula
  7. 28% acetic acid
  8. rust remover
Sometimes a specialized ink removal agent may be used. However, this procedure may be disastrous on acetate garments. Many acetate dyes are disturbed by mildly acidic stain removal agents, solutions containing alcohol, and oily-type paint removers. The longer the agents are allowed to remain in contact with the fabric, the greater the probability of permanent dye disturbance.

As a result, several precautions should be taken when pre-spotting acetate. Acid-type tannin formulas should be used sparingly. The stain removal agent should be completely flushed from the fabric with water or steam, and the fabric should be allowed to dry before drycleaning. It is suggested that before using any specialized stain removal agents, such as ink removers, read the label carefully to determine if it is safe to use in acetate fibers. Some of these products contain agents which will permanently damage acetate.

When doing stain removal with oily-type paint removers, first saturate the stained area with drycleaning solvent or volatile dry solvent.

Apply a small amount of oily-type paint remover, tamp lightly, and then flush the area with solvent or volatile dry solvent. The garment should be drycleaned immediately to avoid prolonged exposure to these stronger solvents.

More information is available on this topic in DLI's Encyclopedia of Drycleaning, Technical Operating Information (TOI) No. 736: Identifying and Removing Ink Stains, as well as Stain Removal 101 Parts 1-4 in the TOI section.


Posted By Harry Kimmel | 8/7/2018 9:06:54 AM
 

 
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