Everyone has more than one pair of jeans in their closet. But there is that one pair that you wear all the time. Your go-to the market jeans, get some work done around the house jeans, or just lounge around and be lazy jeans.
So, what happens when your favorite pair of jeans fall victim to an ink stain. First, you panic. The thoughts of throwing them away are horrifying. But it is an ink stain. These are impossible to get out-right? Wrong. There are different methods you can use to get that ink stain out and restore your jeans to their flawless look. Continue reading to get step by step instructions on how to get ink stains out of your jeans.
Using vinegar to remove ink stains
• Using a 1 to 1 ratio, mix cool water with vinegar.
• Soak ink-stained area of your jeans in the mixture you just created for approximately 30 minutes. For best results, make sure the entire affected area is fully covered.
• Make a thick paste with baking soda and water using a 3 to 1 ratio.
• Using a circular motion, work the paste into the ink stain using an old toothbrush. Leave the paste on the stain for a few minutes.
• If the stain is gone, you should proceed with rinsing your jeans in cold water then wash as usual. If the ink remains, repeat the above process.
Removing the Stain Using Hairspray or Rubbing Alcohol
• Take a clean white towel and place it under the stain. Using this step in the process ensures that other parts of your jeans will not have color transfer while using the rubbing alcohol.
• Using 90% isopropyl alcohol or hairspray apply directly on the ink stain. Pour the alcohol slowly being careful not to get any on other parts of your jeans. You may use a cotton ball to apply the alcohol. Hand sanitizer can also be used if you do not have alcohol or hairspray.
• Cotton balls or an absorbent cloth should be used to blot the stain. You want to draw the ink stain out of your jeans so continue using the cotton balls or clean areas of the cloth until this has been accomplished.
• Making sure the ink stain is gone, rinse your jeans with cold water.
• Check to make sure all the ink is gone from your jeans then launder them in a washing machine in cold water. Do not put your jeans in a dryer if there is any ink left. This will cause the ink stain to set. In the event there is still ink on your jeans, return to blotting and repeat washing the jeans. You can also hang your jeans to dry.
Removing Ink Using Commercial Stain Removers
• Before applying the stain remover to your jeans, test the solution in a place that does not show such as your waistband. This is to make sure your jeans will not lose their color after you put the solution on.
• There are different types of commercial stain removers you can use for removing ink stains out of your jeans. The one you use will be determined by the type of ink stain in your jeans. Read the labels on these products to find the one that works best for you.
• After giving the solution time to work, wash your jeans according to the laundry instructions on the label on your jeans.
If you get ink on your jeans while you are wearing them, blot away as much as possible as soon as you can with a wet paper towel or napkin. To prevent the stain from spreading, begin blotting from the outside of the stain to the middle.
You do not want to rub the stain or else you will push the ink deeper into the fabric. Continue blotting with clean areas of the paper towel or napkin you are using until all the ink has been transferred to it.
If you own a pair of dry clean only jeans blot out as much of the ink as possible and take them to the dry cleaners.
Now let us look at the best methods to use with certain types of ink stains.
• You want to blot out as much ink as possible. In case you did not discover it until it was dry, place a few paper towels under the area that is stained and blot it with a few drops of water working from the outside in. Continue until all the ink has been transferred to the dry paper towels.
• With the paper towels still under the ink stain wet a cotton swab with isopropyl rubbing alcohol. Gently rub the cotton swab on the ink stain. Use as many swabs as needed until no more ink appears on them. You can use an eyedropper for larger stains.
• Now you are ready to wash your jeans. Start by rinsing the ink-stained area with cold water and applying a small amount of concentrated laundry detergent. It is best to get one that contains ingredients that help break down stains.
Using your fingers, work the detergent into the stained area rubbing gently. After letting the jeans sit for 10 minutes or more, wash them as you normally would in warm or cold water with detergent.
• Check the area where the stain was when you remove them from the washer. If any of the ink stains remain, repeat the removal process. You should not put the jeans in the dryer if any ink stain remains. You can air-dry the jeans if you need to do the process later.
• After your jeans are completely free of all ink stains, you can dry them in the dryer, let them air dry indoors or outside on a clothesline.
Felt-tip markers need a different treatment process because they contain colored dyes.
• Begin by blotting the ink-stained area on your jeans with a paper towel and treating with rubbing alcohol the same as with the ball-point ink stains.
• Jeans stained with a felt-tip marker require pre-soaking. Mix oxygen bleach with warm water in a container large enough to cover the jeans and let them soak for at least 8 hours or overnight.
• Use concentrated laundry detergent and pretreat the ink stain. Work the detergent into the stain for at least 10 minutes then wash the jeans.
• As with ballpoint ink stains, you want to check your jeans for complete ink removal after you take them out of the washer. Remember, do not put your jeans in the dryer if any ink stain remains. Repeat the process, then when you have removed all the ink stain; dry them as mentioned in the ballpoint ink process.
Well, there you have it. Detailed instructions on how to get ink stains out of your jeans. So, fear no more. Tackle those ink stains and wear your jeans for a few more years.