How to Remove an Ink Stain on a Suit

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How to Remove an Ink Stain on a Suit
Regularly check your suits for ink stains or other types of stains. (suit image by Kimberly Reinick from

Ink stains are a common and unwelcome cause of many articles of clothing being thrown away. If you stain a suit, however, you may not be able to just throw it away, as suits are often expensive and tailor-made. You can save your suit after it receives an ink stain, regardless of whether it is machine washable or dry-clean only. Avoid washing or treating the ink with any other cleaners before using this method, as most stain removers will only cause the stain to settle.

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Things you need

  • Cardboard
  • Aerosol can of hairspray
  • Cloth

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  1. 1

    Place a piece of cardboard underneath the ink stain and spread the suit out flat on a table.

  2. 2

    Spray the stain with an aerosol can of hairspray until the stain is thoroughly soaked.

  3. 3

    Let the hairspray rest on the stain for a few minutes, but don't let the suit dry.

  4. 4

    Dab the ink stain with a clean cloth to soak up the hairspray. Press the cloth into the stain until you have removed as much liquid as possible. Use a daubing motion, not a wiping motion.

  5. 5

    Apply more hairspray onto the stain if any ink remains after blotting the first layer. Keep spraying and drying the stain until you can't see it anymore.

  6. 6

    Wash or dry-clean the suit as you would for any other dirt. This will remove the water stains left behind from the hairspray.

Tips and warnings

  • Treat ink stains as soon as they appear to remove the stains as easily as possible.
  • Do not use aerosol sprays near open flames, as they are highly flammable.

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