How to Remove Permanent Ink Stamping

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Permanent ink from stamps is not difficult to remove.
Permanent ink from stamps is not difficult to remove. (Image: rubber stamp image by Christopher Hall from Fotolia.com)

Permanent ink is always a hassle to remove from clothes, wood or any other item it has been stamped onto. When permanent ink is used for stamping, a rubber stamp or other stamping device is dipped into ink and pressed against an object. In some cases, stamping may be accidental, such as when a child stamps walls and furniture for fun, while other times stamping is done on purpose, to mark wood. Whether the stamping is accidental or has been done on purpose, removing permanent ink stamps is possible.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • Soft-bristled brush
  • Soft cloth
  • Permanent ink removal product

Make a paste with baking soda and water. A teaspoon or so of baking soda with a few drops of water is enough to make a paste. Add more water or baking soda as required to make either a thick paste or a more watery solution. If you will be removing a lot of ink stains, mix up a larger batch of the baking soda and water paste.

Apply the paste directly onto the ink, applying it either with your fingers or a soft-bristled brush (such as an old toothbrush.) Allow the paste to sit for about ten minutes. Gently wipe it away with a soft cloth. Always use care when applying and wiping off the baking soda, because it can be abrasive in a paste and scratch delicate or soft surfaces.

Check the stain. If the ink stamp was not removed by the baking soda application, spray a permanent ink removal product onto the stamp. Read the manufacturer's instructions on the bottle to ensure that you are using the removal product correctly.

Wipe off the removal product according to the instructions. The permanent ink stamp should lift without difficulty.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are worried about damaging the finish of the item with the permanent ink stamp, test the baking soda and water paste or the ink removal product on a hidden part of the item.

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