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How to Remove UV Ink

Updated February 21, 2017

To conventional wisdom, ink is a liquid that runs and pours, but this is not always the case. Ultraviolet ink has a number of unique characteristics. The ink starts out like any traditional ink, but will not dry when exposed to air. Instead, UV ink only dries when exposed to intense ultraviolet light. The ink dries to a solid consistency that is reminiscent of plastic. This ink is durable, but because it does not dry immediately it easily spreads to a variety of surfaces by touch. Getting this ink off of skin, clothing and tools is vital to prevent the spread to areas such as food and drink.

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  1. Wash your skin thoroughly by repeated rinsing with warm or hot water. Use hand soap or another skin-cleaning product to help remove the ink from your skin.

  2. Wash immediately if the ink gets into the eyes, mouth or other sensitive areas. Flush the area with cold water for at least 15 minutes; use soap if possible, but never put soap in eyes or mouth. Consult a doctor if irritation, pain or physical damage occurs.

  3. Wash affected clothing in hot water and washing powder. Wash these garments alone to avoid contamination of other garments from the ink. Do not use bleach or other chemicals.

  4. Wipe up spills immediately with clean rags or paper towels. Wash the surface thoroughly in hot water and soap to remove residual ink; rinse with clean water to remove suds before setting anything on the surface.

  5. Clean all tools and equipment with hot water and dish detergent or hand soap. Rinse thoroughly in hot water to remove residual soap or ink.

  6. Tip

    Wash your hands thoroughly before touching other areas of your body and before eating, drinking or smoking, to avoid the spread of the ink.

    Warning

    Prolonged exposure to UV ink on the skin can cause serious irritation. Always wear gloves and protective goggles when working with UV ink. Do not try to clean the ink with solvents or thinners, as these can increase the risk of irritation.

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Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Soap
  • Washing powder
  • Rags or towels

About the Author

Samantha Volz has been involved in journalistic and informative writing for over eight years. She holds a bachelor's degree in English literature from Lycoming College, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, with a minor in European history. In college she was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper and completed a professional internship with the "Williamsport Sun-Gazette," serving as a full-time reporter. She resides in Horsham, Pennsylvania.

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