Follow these steps to remove ink stains from burlap, carpet, wool, fiberglass, rayon, triacetate, acetate or silk.
Sponge by using light strokes with a pad dampened with a few drops of water working outward from the center of the stain. For small spots, use an eyedropper.
Try a light spray of hair spray to loosen the stain then apply a wet spotter and a few drops of white vinegar.
Let stand for 30 minutes, blotting every 5 minutes with a clean absorbent pad. Add wet spotter and vinegar as needed to keep the stain moist.
Flush with water to loosen the staining materials and residue from the stain removers. If the stain persists, apply rubbing alcohol to the stain and cover with an absorbent pad moistened with alcohol.
Let it stand as long as any stain is being removed. Change the pad as it picks up the stain. Flush with alcohol. (Do not use alcohol on acetate or rayon.)
If stains traces remain, sponge area with water and apply a wet spotter and a few drops of ammonia. Let stand for 30 minutes, blotting every 5 minutes.
Add enough water spotter and ammonia (do not use ammonia on silk or wool) to keep the stain moist. Flush with water and allow to dry.
Always do a sample pretest on separate piece of the fabric. Water and other stain-removing agents may be harmful to fabrics. Don’t use heat or hot water on stains. And, above all, do not attempt to dry the stain area with a hot air dryer. It may cause permanent damage to the fabric. When using commercially available stain removers, be sure to read ingredients and follow the directions carefully.
Glossary of Cleaning Materials
1. Rubbing Alcohol
It is prepared from a special denatured alcohol solution and contains approximately 70% by volume of pure ethanol.
Common uses include: removing stains and sticky materials; lighting fires; easing bug bites, cold sores; nail polish remover; de-greaser; creating ice packs with 2 parts water, one part alcohol and cleaning mirrors.
2. White Vinegar
It is a liquid substance made of acetic acid and water.
Common uses include: removing stains from fabrics; as a window cleaner; as a floor cleaner and as bathroom scrubber.
It is made from a compound of nitrogen and hydrogen and has a pungent smell. It must be used with extreme care since it is hazardous even in low concentrations in inhaling and to the skin. When using it is suggested to mix 7 cups of water with a cup of baking soda and a cup of ammonia.