Removing ink stains from your clothing

July 03, 2014

 I tried using hairspray and water to get an ink stain out of my dress shirt. It removed the ink, but left a discolored mark where the ink used to be. What happened?

Answer: As you have discovered, using hairspray can remove ink stains, but it can also lead to other problems. Hairspray can contain alcohol and oils which can cause color damage and additional stains, especially on silk. A more appropriate solution would be to ask us to remove the stain. We will test for colorfastness in an inconspicuous area before using any stain removal product, blot the stain with a towel until all the bleeding stops, moving the stained area as the towel absorbs the ink. If the stain remains, we can treat it with a mild synthetic detergent and household ammonia.

Not every stain can be removed, but we have the best tools and know-how to maximize the potential for removal.