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How to Get Ink Out of Satin

Updated February 21, 2017

Ink stains are one of the most stubborn stains to remove from fabric. And getting ink on delicate materials such as silk or satin is an even bigger headache. You want to remove the stain without damaging the integrity of the fabric. Alcohol-based hairsprays break down the chemical components in the ink and allow the stain to be lifted from the material.

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  1. Lay two white paper towels on a hard surface. Lay the satin material with the stain on top of the paper towels.

  2. Spray alcohol-based hairspray on the ink stain. Properties within the hairspray loosen the ink stain and the paper towels absorb it. Saturate the stain with the hairspray.

  3. Blot the stain with a clean rag after three to five minutes. If the ink stain remains, place new paper towels under the satin fabric and spray again with the hairspray. Repeat until the stain is removed.

  4. Wash the satin fabric according to the care instructions on the garment.

  5. Tip

    For ink stains that are still wet, lay the satin fabric on top of white paper towels and sprinkle talcum powder or cornflour onto the wet ink. Allow the powder to absorb the ink, then remove by shaking the powder residue into a dustbin. Lay new paper towels down and reapply the powder or starch. Repeat until the ink transfer has stopped, then treat with the hairspray solution. Test a hidden area of the satin garment with the hairspray before placing on the stain, to make sure it does not discolour the fabric.

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Things You'll Need

  • White paper towels
  • Alcohol-based hairspray
  • Clean rags

About the Author

Constance Barker, located in the hills of southern Ohio, is the owner and writer of several financial, credit report and travel websites. She started writing in 1999 for private clients and began creating website content in 2004. She gained expertise in home improvement after she and her husband built their home themselves.

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