Ink can stain a car interior faster than you can say, “Where’s that marker lid?” Whether it’s young children or just a leaky ballpoint mishap, the smear or clear lines of ink on car seats or elsewhere can make you cringe. Bring it to the experts at Steve’s Detailing for a full clean-up when you can; however, if it is just a small stain or you’re short on time, try one of these methods.
Do not rub the stain with soap and water, as it could spread. If you have isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol available at home, it has been shown to be effective on ink removal. Dab a few drops on to a clean white cloth like cheesecloth or cotton sheeting. Do not pour it directly on to the stain. Dab the stain gently without pressing or rubbing too hard. If the ink appears on the cloth, move to a clean section, again adding a few drops of alcohol and blotting. Use a clean portion of cloth each time.
Another home remedy solution is a dish soap and vinegar mixture. Combine 1 tablespoon of dish soap with 2 teaspoons of white vinegar and blend together in 1 cup of water. Use the same dab-and-refresh technique with this solution and a clean white cloth until the stain looks like it is fading. Let the solution sit on the fabric for about 15 minutes and use a cloth dipped in cold water to gently wipe the area again to get any remaining ink. This process can be repeated a few times, if necessary.
For bigger stains and full-blown ink drawings (“Oops — sorry, Dad!”), be sure to call or visit Steve’s for a full refresh with our professional equipment and know-how! Give us a call or stop by.