Category: Digging it clean

  • Removing temporary ink stains

    All about getting those ink stains out of your shirt!

    All ink stains are not created equal. Removing ink stains properly requires a little knowledge, the right products, and a little elbow grease. A house cleaning service favorite! Removing ink stains is a common job that many in the home cleaning industry find themselves performing on a regular basis. Unfortunately, if the stain was not treated quickly, it can be quite difficult for the professional cleaner to clean the ink after it has dried. Depending on the type of ink that caused the stain and the material that the stain is on, you will have to make sure that you have a variety of cleaning agents in your cleaning supply arsenal.

    Permanent Ink Stains

    One of the most difficult ink stains that you will face are ink stains that have been made with permanent ink. In most cases, the stain will be present on a material that can not be bleached, because it will damage the fabric. If the material is easily bleached, this will be the easiest option for you to check out the digs, however you should first make sure that the client and their family members do not suffer from sensitivities to bleach smells which may make them ill. Also, too much bleach will damage most fabrics, weaken the fibers and effectively rot the material. Be careful! If the material cannot be bleached, having plain rubbing alcohol in your cleaning supply will greatly help. Rubbing alcohol is an extremely inexpensive cleaning agent that can be used to clean a variety of things. You should first do a spot check on the fabric or material for hooks to ensure that the alcohol will not damage the item. If there is no discoloration, use the rubbing alcohol to clean the material. If rubbing alcohol does not work, you can also try nail polish remover or acetone to remove the stain, always remembering to do a spot check, and remembering that these agents have strong odors which may be unpleasant to the customer.

    Water Based Ink Stains

    Removing ink stains from water based inks is much easier than removing permanent ink stains. Generally, using a mild detergent, such as a laundry detergent, will easily remove the stain. You will first want to wet the area with warm water, and blot with a  paper cloth before applying the detergent.

    Let the detergent sit on the ink stain for a few minutes, approximately 5-10, and then remove with warm water, making your best effort not to grind the ink into the material. If the ink was not completely removed, do not allow the material to dry. Repeat the above steps until the stain is removed.

    If the stain is excessive, or has been in place for quite some time, it may be difficult for you to remove. This is quite understandable, however you will have to deal with explaining to the client that you are not able to remove the stain. But by having the right materials on hand, and performing the steps properly, you should be able to remove the ink with no problems, and have a very happy customer.