How To Remove Ink Stains From Wood

An ink stain can be frustrating, but you can learn how to remove ink stains from wood.  By using a little elbow grease and materials you already have at home, you can remove the ink stain and get your furniture looking new again.  Follow the steps listed below to learn how to remove ink stains from wood.

Materials needed to remove ink stains from wood:

  • Paper towels
  • Water
  • Baking soda
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton balls
  • Toothbrush
  • Mayonnaise
  • Soft cloth

How to remove ink stains from wood:

  1. Blot the stain.  The first step in learning how to remove ink stains from wood is to attempt to blot away any excess ink.  Do this using a moistened paper towel.  Blot (don't rub) the stain and see if any will transfer onto the paper towel.  Do this until no more ink transfers over.
  2. Apply rubbing alcohol.  Soak a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and squeeze out the excess.  Rub the ink stain with the alcohol soaked cotton ball, using small circular motions.  You will need to apply firm pressure to the stain while rubbing.  (NOTE: Rubbing alcohol may discolor some wood surfaces.  Apply it to an inconspicuous area to see if it will effect yours.  If a negative reaction appears, skip this step)
  3. Make and apply the paste.  Combine baking soda and water until it makes a paste.  Apply the paste to the ink stain and gently work in using a toothbrush.  Rub the paste in, using a circular motion, until the area is well covered.  The secret to learning how to remove ink stains from wood is to allow the paste to set for ten to fifteen minutes.  If it it rinsed away too soon, it will not have time to work effectively.
  4. Rinse the surface.  The next step in learning how to remove ink stains from wood, is to wipe the area off with a clean paper towel.  Wet a separate towel with warm water and rinse the surface down thoroughly.  The ink stain should be completely removed.
  5. Remove tougher stains.  If the ink has been present for some time, an extra step may be required to learn how to remove ink stains from wood.  Smear two tablespoons of mayonnaise on the ink stain and allow it to set overnight.  Mayonnaise is excellent for removing tough stains on wood, such as ink, water stains, rubbing alcohol stains, and so on.  To be effective, it will need to set overnight, so don't rush the process.
  6. Buff the surface.  Wipe away all the mayonnaise and rinse the wood with a wet paper towel.  Then, buff the surface using a soft cloth and regular wood polish. Any ink stain that was present should now be completely removed.
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