Did you lose an uncapped pen in between the couch cushions? Or did your toddler create a masterpiece in Magic Marker on your armchair? These things happen. Now you might be wondering how to remove ink stains from upholstery.
Not to worry! There are a few simple methods you can use to get rid of those ink stains and leave your furniture looking as good as new.
Ink stains can be tricky to clean because the method you’ll need will depend on the type of ink that was spilled and the type of fabric you are cleaning. Also, synthetic fabrics may be easier to clean than natural fabrics like cotton or wool. It may take a little trial and error to get it right.
Here are a few cleaning solutions you can try:
- Dish soap and water (for very light stains)
- Rubbing alcohol
- White vinegar
- Denatured alcohol
You might have to try more than one of the above solutions in order to get the best results. But each cleaning agent will involve the same basic steps. They are:
- If you’re using one of the stronger cleaning agents (isopropyl alcohol or denatured alcohol), perform a spot test in a hidden area, just to make sure the product won’t damage the upholstery.
- If the stain is fresh, blot it with a clean white cloth or paper towel to remove as much of the wet ink as possible.
- Add a small amount of the desired cleaning solution, enough to cover the stain.
- Blot the stain with a clean cloth or paper towel. Do not wipe!
- Repeat as necessary, and if you’re not seeing results, try the next product on the list.
It’s as simple as that! Of course, if you’re having trouble with the above instructions, it may be time to call in the professionals. No matter how tricky or extensive your upholstery stain is, Five Step can get it out in a hurry! Just give us a call at 828.327.3237 or drop us a line today!