Some ink stains are notoriously difficult to get out but you don’t need to let them ruin your clothes for long. Whether your little ones have been a bit over enthusiastic with the felt tip pens, or you forgot to put the lid back on your ballpoint pen at work, Vanish Gold Oxi Action Gel will help you tackle ink stains. Have a read of our helpful hints below on how to remove ink stains from coloured clothing.
Vanish Gold Oxi Action Gel
Step 1: Pour out 60ml of gel and apply directly to the stain using the gel pod
Step 2: Gently scrub in the gel using the underside of the pod
Step 3: Leave to work on the stain for 10 minutes maximum
Step 4: Pour 60ml of gel or for a tough stain, 120ml of gel in the pod
Step 5: Place the pod in the machine with your laundry, or pour it in the drawer with your detergent
Step 6: Wash as usual.
Ink Stain Removal Tips
As with most stains, cleaning fresh ink is much easier than treating ink which has had time to dry. So, if the stain is fresh, act quickly and remove as much ink as possible by blotting the mark with a clean cloth.
Treating an ink stain which has had time to dry is a little trickier, but not impossible. Using a pre-treatment like Vanish Gold Oxi Action Gel will work wonders on both fresh and dried in ink stains.
Avoiding heat is equally important. Heat can set ink stains so do not put the garment in the dryer unless the stain has completely gone. It’s probably best to air dry the garment to be on the safe side.
How can you remove water based ink stains?
Most everyday writing pens and children’s colouring pens use water-based inks. Not all ink stains are created equal, but fortunately water-based ink is easy to remove from clothing if you know how.
• For fresh ink stains that are still wet, begin by gently blotting the area with a clean cloth. Use a pressing motion to prevent the stain from spreading, and repeat on both sides of the garment until you cannot get any more ink out.
• Next, dampen the stain with water and pre-treat with Vanish Gold Oxi Action Gel then wash as normal. Remember not to put the garment in the dryer if the stain hasn’t completely gone!
How can you remove stains from oil based permanent ink?
Oil-based ink stains are trickier to treat than water based ones. Permanent markers are usually oil-based and you will probably need a little more than water and a traditional detergent to get rid of these stains completely:
• Once again, if the stain is fresh, soak up as much excess ink as possible using a clean cloth. Put an old towel underneath the stained area to avoid getting permanent ink anywhere else.
• Dampen the stain with water, measure out 60ml of Vanish Gold Oxi Action Gel and apply it directly to the mark as per instructions above.
• When you wash your clothes, we recommend adding 60 – 120 ml Vanish Gold Oxi Action Gel to your wash to help get rid of the any residue left.
• Check that the stain has completely gone before drying and if necessary repeat the process again.
Vanish quickly gets to work on your stain so you can spend less time worrying about how to remove your stain and more time making sure lids are kept on pens!