Household Cleaning Tips: How To Remove Ink From Furniture

There are many simple solutions for removing ink stains from chairs and couches.

It happens to the best of us. You're sitting on the couch enjoying a crossword and you accidentally write on the couch, or you're writing a letter and ink leaks from your pen. Don't despair; there are many simple solutions for removing ink stains from the furniture.

No matter what the staining agent, or where the stain has occurred, the most important thing you can do to fight any stain is to act quickly. The sooner you act, the less time the stain has to set. Always start with some cool water and a cloth. Blot to lift as much of the stain as you can. It's important not to rub at the stain as this can make it spread. Rubbing can also weaken the fibers of the fabric causing wear and tear and shortening the life span of that particular piece. If blotting with water doesn't work, there are other methods you can use. Before trying one of them, you should be aware of a couple of things. Never apply heat to any type of stain. Heat causes stains to set, making them almost impossible to remove. Also, if you're unsure of any of the stain removal methods mentioned here, test first on a hidden area of your furniture. You don't want to damage the piece further.

Hairspray is supposed to be an important tool in the ink stain removal arsenal. There are several ways in which it can be applied. If it's a light stain, spray the hairspray directly on the stain and blot until no more ink can be lifted. If the stain requires more than this, pour the hairspray directly onto the ink stain to saturate and blot until the ink is gone. If need be, you can use a toothbrush to gently scrub, but you want do this as little as possible since you don't want to spread the stain or weaken the fibers. You can also saturate the stain with hairspray and gently rub with a bar of soap. To rinse, blot with a clean, damp cloth.

You can also try either denatured or rubbing alcohol. Pour it onto the stain and blot with a piece of cotton or cotton swab until no more ink can be lifted. Another solution is to make a paste of lemon juice and salt, gently rub this paste into the stain and blot until the stain is gone. Rinse by blotting with a damp cloth.

Here are a couple of other home remedies for removing ink stains from furniture. Try soaking the stain with milk and after letting it sit for a while; blot with a clean, damp cloth until the stain is lifted. You can also cut a tomato in half and rub the stain gently with the tomato half. Be careful using this method on light-colored furniture. While you may lift the ink stain, you can add a tomato stain to the mix. This method works best when the couch's upholstery can be removed and thrown in the wash. It's probably best to test first on a hidden area.

If you get ink on a piece of leather or vinyl furniture, it may not be as easy to remove. You can try blotting with rubbing alcohol, hair spray or nail polish remover, but be sure to test in a hidden area of the furniture first to make sure there's no discoloration. You can rub the stain a little harder with leather and vinyl furniture since it's + not as likely to spread. It may even be a good idea to contact the manufacturer to see what the recommended course of action might be. When dealing with these materials, however, it's good to avoid detergents as they can cause discoloration.

If the ink is on a piece of wood furniture, try rubbing a little lemon juice into the stain with steel wool. Be gentle so as not to scar the wood. After the stain is removed, polish with your favorite furniture spray.

Accidents happen, but some people mistakenly believe that ink on the furniture means it's time to carry those pieces to the curb. This couldn't be further from the truth. Just try some of the stain removal methods above; one of them is sure to work wonders restoring your furniture back to its original state.

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