How to Get Ink Out of Satin


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 hair sprays break down the chemical components in the ink and allow the stain to be lifted from the material.

Things You'll Need

  • White paper towels
  • Alcohol-based hair spray
  • Clean rags
  • Lay two white paper towels on a hard surface. Lay the satin material with the stain on top of the paper towels.

  • Spray alcohol-based hair spray on the ink stain. Properties within the hair spray loosen the ink stain and the paper towels absorb it. Saturate the stain with the hair spray.

  • 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 hair spray. Repeat until the stain is removed.

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

Tips & Warnings

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

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