How to Remove Ballpoint Pen Ink Stains from Fabric


Remove Ballpoint Pen Ink Stains from Fabric

For some of us, ink stains are a common problem and needs to be dealt with on a seemingly constant basis. Although stains can be difficult to remove from your couch or sofa, if you have a pinch of patience and determination most of the ballpoint pen can still be removed. However, you must always ensure or even do some testing on similar scraps of fabric before proceeding with any kind of methods. Always bear in mind that ink stains can be removed from fabric if immediate care is taken from the time the ink is spilled

Remember, it does not matter what type of ink it is, as long as you attempt to remove it when it’s still wet.

What you need:

  • Paper towels
  • Clean cloth
  • Hair Spray
  • Terry Cloth Washcloths
  • Sponges
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Nail Polish Remover
  • Laundry Pretreatment
  • Liquid Bleach


  1. First thing to do is to ensure that the stain ink is not allowed to dry up. Sponge the affected area with water in order to remove as much ink as possible.
  2. Another method that you can try is to soak the fabric in cold water first and then use blotting paper to blot out as much ink as possible and also as gently as possible. If you do this method with immense pressure, you will only be setting the ink more firmly into your fabric.
  3. Next, you need to place a few super absorbent tissues on any hard surface before placing on your fabric that has stains on it. Then, place a few more absorbent tissues over the fabric, put some medium weight item on top of it and leave it for a few minutes. By doing this, the absorbent tissues will soak as much ink stains as possible. You can do this step as many times as you want if you see the results are positive.
  4. After that, spray the stained area using hair spray in order to loosen up the remaining ink. Once you have managed to remove the stain, wash your fabric with lukewarm water.
  5. If the stain is still unable to be removed, you can try preparing a solution of water along with white vinegar where both of the ingredients prepared in equal proportion and soak your fabric in the solution. Then, use an old toothbrush and lightly brush the affected area while keeping the fabric soaked in the solution until the stain is removed. Once you have managed to remove it, soak your fabric in cold water and wash it as usual.
  6. Apart from that, you could also use ink dissolvers/solvents available in the market and make sure to follow the instructions of its manufacturer. Remember to try first the product on old fabrics before you proceed to remove the stain on your fabric because most of the products are concentrated and strong.
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