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    I make aprons for a local restuarant and one of the gals had a pen leak...really bad...any suggestions as how to get the ink out? I would really appreciate the help!

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    HAIRSPRAY will work it will take a lot though

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    Hair spray works but someone might know of something else that works better.

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    You might possibly try using hair spray to get the ink out. I think I might have herd that some where. If that doesn't work try Googling to find different ideas. Hope that helped you out.

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    Hope it comes out for you!

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    Rubbing alcohol works well too. Dab from the outermost part of the stain towards the center, otherwise it gets bigger. Have some clean white paper towels underneath the stain so it will absorb whatever blots through.

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    I echo the above posts - what about doing a google search as well?

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    How about Gramma's Spot remover, I think that's the name of it. Usualy you can get it at Hancock's fabric stores.

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    Here's Heloise's idea for ink stains:

    Ballpoint-Ink Stain
    THEN: Hairspray
    NOW: Rubbing alcohol
    Ink formulations, fabrics, and hairspray ingredients have changed today. To get rid of the ballpoint ink from clothing you launder, place the garment on a towel stain-side down. Lightly dampen a cloth with rubbing alcohol and gently dab (do not rub) the stain.

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    if nothing works, soak in Oxy clean

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    Thank you all so much...I told her I would try, now maybe I can actually get it done!

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    Yeah, the hairspray them make now doesn't remove it like the older cheap stuff used too... :D:D:D

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    ditto on the hairspray aresol works best used to use it on my nurses aid uniform pockets wash as usual after

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    Alcohol has always worked for me. Just put layers of paper towels underneath, and replace them frequently, don't freak out when it spreads a little, then blot, blot, blot. Then I always put Lestoil on it and wash it, but it is hard to find Lestoil any more, so I also have used color safe bleach when I wash it.

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    Alcohol has worked for me but I think it depends on how severe the ink blot is.

    An applique?

    Maybe the cook will trade aprons??

    If all else fails, a pair of scissors!

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    Yep, rubbing alcohol. I'm a lab tech and part of my job is staining blood smears with dark purple, blue and or red stains. They WILL NOT wash out. One time I dropped the bottle of crystal violet (dark dark purple)and it splashed all over my beige pants. Alcohol got it out, no problem. Never left a mark. :)

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    I have used strong solution of oxyclean in hot water & let it soak. A couple of years ago I had a piece of silk chamause - white at that - someone used black magic marker on it. Did this solution, kept working at it & also left it just soak for 24 hrs. Yeah it all came out.

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    Hair spray is great, however, my grandson (when he was about 5) marked all his "collector" nascars with permanent pen. I used Avon's Skin So Soft. Took it right out. Don't know if it will work on fabric. Skin So Soft is an amazing product. If you Google it you can find tons of uses for it. Good luck.

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    carbona makes a formula specific for ink, if these other suggestions don't work for you.

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    Might also try acetone(as in nail polish remover) to get out a lot of the ink, then the alcohol/hairspray.

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    Strong solution of Oxyclean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nursie76
    Alcohol has always worked for me. Just put layers of paper towels underneath, and replace them frequently, don't freak out when it spreads a little, then blot, blot, blot. Then I always put Lestoil on it and wash it, but it is hard to find Lestoil any more, so I also have used color safe bleach when I wash it.
    Our Dollar General carries Lestoil sometimes!!

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    My sister is a nurse and she says peroxide.

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    a few weeks back some one on this board advised me to get the ink off a vintage quilt...alchol rubbing spread the ink and they said to get "Spot Shot" rug cleaner.
    WORKED like a charm...BIG ink spot gone.

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    I have the apron soaking, because it had been rubbed with soap and water before I got it back. I will just keep trying different things suggested until it is gone! Big thanks to all of you! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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