Removing ink from wooden furniture

  1. Firstly, you need to mix a teaspoon of baking soda with warm water to form a paste.
  2. Dip your finger into the paste and place it over the ink stain. Carefully rub the paste into the stain. Try not to rub too hard as baking soda can be slightly abrasive and it may damage the finish of the wood
  3. Next, moisten the soft cotton cloth with clean water and wipe the paste away from the stained area
  4. Repeat the above steps until the ink is completely removed from the wood
  5. Now wipe the area of the stain with a cotton ball dampened with a very small amount of rubbing alcohol to remove the chalky residue left from the baking soda.

Remove Water-Based Ink Stains from Fabric

1. Place the stained clothing on top of a clean dry towel or cloth.

2.  Apply water to the ink stain and blot with another clean cloth.

3.  While you blot, the ink stain it will begin to transfer onto the cleaning cloth.

4.  Apply a small amount of liquid washing detergent to the ink stain and allow the fabric to sit for between 3-5 minutes.

5.  Using the hottest water recommend for your clothing wash normally.

6.  Before drying, check to make sure the entire stain was removed.

7.  If any trace of the stained area remains, repeat the steps above.

Please note that drying the stained area before all the stain is removed will make it harder to remove the stain later.

Permanent Ink Stains

To remove permanent ink can be a very difficult stain to remove and 90% of the time you cannot remove it, but you can try these following suggestions.  As always please try an inconspicuous area first.


1. Place the stained garment on top of a paper towel

2. Then blot the stain with rubbing alcohol.

3. The paper towel underneath should get wet and discoloured from the ink leaking out, as this happens move the garment to a dry section of the paper towel or replace the paper towel with clean paper towel, in order to stop the garment from picking back up any of the removed ink.

4. Continue until no more stain can be removed.

5. Now rinse the stained area completely free of the rubbing alcohol.

6. You may need to rinse several time to ensure all the rubbing alcohol is gone.


If the colour of your fabric is white then you can try bleaching the stain in diluted bleach water.

Leave it to soak for at least half an hour before you wash it.

If it is a thick material or a really stubborn stain you could put the bleach directly on to the stain.

Please note that there is no guarantee the bleach will remove the stain and it can damage the material further.

I personally have used bleach to remove stains in the past with success especially if the material is cotton and white.

Watch this space for more tips on removing permanent ink stains.