How to Remove Stamp Pad Ink

When you work with stamp pad ink, you might accidentally get it on your hands or your clothing, or you might drop the entire stamp pad on the carpet. Accidents like this tend to happen more than we like, but fortunately, you can remove the stain. Stamp pad ink will leave a stain on your carpet and clothes, but the stain will come out easily with the application of a few common household items and a little patience.

Test an inconspicuous area on the carpet to test for colour fastness. Apply a small amount of rubbing alcohol to the hidden area to ensure that it will not damage the carpet.

Dampen a washcloth with rubbing alcohol. Blot the stamp pad ink stain with the dampened washcloth. Apply slight pressure while blotting.

Rinse out the washcloth with water.

Dampen the cloth with more rubbing alcohol. Continue to blot the area until the washcloth absorbs and removes the stamp pad ink.

Prepare a cleaning solution for the stain. Combine 1 qt. of warm water with ½ tsp of dish-washing detergent and 1 tbsp of ammonia.

Test an inconspicuous area on the clothing with the cleaning solution to ensure that it will not harm the fabric of the clothing. Place a clean towel underneath the stain. Soak a washcloth in the cleaning solution and blot the stain. Allow the solution to set on the stain for 30 minutes.

Rinse the stained area with a clean washcloth dampened with warm water. If the stain remains, use white vinegar to remove it.

Add 1 qt. of water with 1 tbsp of white vinegar. Soak the stain in the solution for one hour. Rinse the area with a clean, wet washcloth. Test a small inconspicuous area first to ensure that you do not ruin the clothing.

Launder the clothing according to the care label. Hang the clothing to dry instead of placing it in the dryer. If the ink stain remains, repeat the process until you remove it completely.

Things You'll Need

  • Washcloths
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Warm water
  • ½ tsp. dish-washing detergent
  • 1 tbsp ammonia
  • Clean towel
  • White vinegar
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Angela LaFollette holds a Bachelor of Arts in advertising with a minor in political science from Marshall University. LaFollette found her passion for writing during an internship as a reporter for "The West Virginia Standard" in 2007. She has more than six years of writing experience and specializes in topics in garden and pets.