All it takes is a clumsiness or a bit of bad luck for a ballpoint pen to smear or leak onto clothing or other surfaces around the home. Sometimes children also think they are budding artists and decide to draw on the linoleum or on their clothes! It is then necessary to act quickly and find the best cleaning products to remove stains without leaving a halo. Whether it appeared on a leather jacket, a suede sofa or wooden furniture, here you will find all the best tips to finally know how to clean a ballpoint pen ink stain in a simple and very effective way.
What stain removers for a ballpoint pen ink stain?
In the household products department or in the cupboards, you will often find all the stain removers you need to remove an ink stain from a ballpoint pen. Most are natural, economical and ecological. As a cleanser, you can for example opt for:
-Milk (which is the best stain remover against ink stains)
-White vinegar or lemon
– hydrogen peroxide
-Marseille soap or ox gall soap
-Alcohol at 70° or 90° and household alcohol
-White toothpaste or hairspray (sometimes even nail polish remover)
Very often, the choice of cleaning product will depend on the surface to be detached. However, in all cases, be sure to use little product and prefer to dab from the outside of the stain inwards instead of rubbing. That will thus limit the risks of spreading the ink. After stain removal, also remember to rinse off the stain remover and put the garment in the washing machine.
How to remove a ballpoint pen ink stain from clothing or carpet
Removing a ballpoint pen ink stain from cotton or silk
To remove ink stains from white cotton, use lemon juice or white vinegar instead. However, for colored laundry, we will prefer alcohol at 90°. For silk, use a mixture of one part rubbing alcohol with two parts cold water or glycerine to leave on for half an hour. Add a drop of alcohol if the ink stain is persistent.
Removing a ballpoint pen ink stain from suede or wool
If hot water and dishwashing liquid are not enough, go up a gear with 90° alcohol. If you can’t find it, substitute lemon juice, acetone or rubbing alcohol. Rub gently, then rinse with a damp cloth.
Removing ballpoint pen ink stains from leather
Mix three parts rubbing alcohol with one part water and gently dab the stain until it is completely gone. It is also possible to use lacquer, 70° alcohol, vinegar or even lemon for stubborn stains. If you have hairspray or a magic sponge, that can also work in this scenario.
Removing a ballpoint pen ink stain from synthetics
On synthetic fiber clothing, you can easily use a sponge soaked in warm milk. This trick will also work for linen as well as velvet. Alternatively, you can also mix equal parts alcohol and water or lemon juice to erase the stain.
Removing a ballpoint pen ink stain from light-colored pants
Apply fresh lemon juice to the stain by dabbing and leave for a few minutes. Then, cover everything with toothpaste and let it sit for another 30 minutes. Then remove the dried toothpaste and finish the stain removal with warm milk. All you have to do is put it all in the washing machine.
Removing a ballpoint pen ink stain from jeans
On thick, sturdy fabrics such as jeans, stubborn stains such as ballpoint pen ink or blood may be more difficult to remove. However, the combination of white vinegar and methylated spirit can be effective. After applying the mixture, rub well and put your pants or jacket in water to dilute the stain.
How to remove a ballpoint pen ink stain from an object or surface around the house
Removing an ink stain from lino or plastic flooring
Here, it will often suffice to rub the stain with a clean cloth soaked in turpentine, white spirit or 70° alcohol. You can also simply use an ink eraser, although this does not always work.
Removing a ballpoint pen stain from marble
Unfortunately, few solutions are effective on marble which tends to get dirty quickly and on which you cannot use any product at the risk of damaging it. For effective stain removal, make a solution made up of 1/3 ammonia and 2/3 20 volume hydrogen peroxide. Use this mixture on the stain, rinse with a sponge, then finish by drying the treated area well.
Removing a ballpoint pen stain from wood
Here, everything will depend on the type of wood:
-If it is waxed wood or raw wood, we can consider sanding the stain. You can also use 90° alcohol, lemon juice or a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and ammonia on the raw wood if you do not want to use sanding, while 90° alcohol ° and salted lemon juice will be preferable for waxed wood. It will then be necessary to wax the wood after cleaning.
-About the varnished wood, mix a tablespoon of olive oil, another of methylated spirit and a spoonful of turpentine. Use a silk cloth soaked in this solution to buff the wood. If this is not enough, however, it will be necessary to remove the varnish from the wood to treat it.
-As for the teakthe stain can be rubbed with very fine sandpaper to remove the stain without leaving any scratches.
Removing a ballpoint pen stain from a tile or brick
Here, it is often advised to dilute bleach in a small amount of cold water, rub and rinse with clear water. Not very natural, but it’s the best option…
Removing a ballpoint pen stain from concrete
Spot stain your concrete patio or garage using 10% oxalic acid and a stiff brush.
Removing a ballpoint pen stain from seagrass
For classic carpets, we can refer to solutions intended for clothing. However, in the case of seagrass, it is better to use 90° alcohol or a dry carpet stain remover directly.