How to Get Ink Out of Corduroy

An ink stain might seem impossible to get out.
An ink stain might seem impossible to get out. (Image: Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Corduroy is cotton fabric that is made with a type of vertical ribs. These ribs help make the fabric more durable and more fashionable. However, if you get a stain on your corduroy fabric, such as an ink stain, it might be a little more difficult to get the ink out from between the vertical ribs. Using some simple cleaning methods and a little patience can save your corduroy.

Things You'll Need

  • Dry cleaning solvent
  • Sponge
  • Water
  • Toothbrush
  • White vinegar
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Pre-wash stain remover
  • Laundry detergent

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Apply a dry-cleaning solvent to a sponge and use it to blot the ink on your corduroy. This helps remove some of the ink.

Run cool water in your sink and place your corduroy underneath it. Continue rinsing for several minutes to remove more ink. Allow the fabric to dry.

Saturate an old toothbrush in white vinegar. Gently, separate the ribs of the corduroy with the bristles and scrub the remaining stain.

Rinse the corduroy fabric again with cool water. Scrub the stain using rubbing alcohol and the toothbrush if you can still see ink.

Rinse and apply a pre-wash stain remover. Wait about 10 minutes and wash with regular laundry detergent. Hang to dry.


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