There is no doubt over the fact that our cars are not our mode of transportation but they have also turned into a common living area for our entire family when we are on the road. According to the statistics as revealed by the U.S Bureau of Travel, an average American spends around 55 minutes every day in his or her car and people take advantage of this time in the car to eat, work or even to talk on the phone and socialize. Thus, it comes as no big surprise that our car seats are proof of what we ate, drank or what all we worked with and ink stains are not an uncommon form of stains on car seats. It is important to treat ink stains with care as otherwise it might turn into a permanent stain. 90% of the ink stain cases can be removed at home, however, if the stains are large and deep, then it requires the help of professional detailing experts.
Top 5 Ink Stain Removal Tips:
- Try to blot out the ink stain as soon as you find it on the car seat. You can use a dry towel to blot the stain and this will help to absorb any of the excess stains which will otherwise seep inside the upholstery. Always refrain from rubbing the stain as this may end up in smearing and eventually spreading. Baking soda mixed with a little water, may also be applied, if there is still ink visible.
- Vinegar works wonder on ink stains. Its acetic properties make it remove stains effectively. Plus, it’s safe to use, gentle on hands and environment friendly. First you want to combine 1 tablespoon of dish washing soap and 2 teaspoons of white vinegar in a cup of water. Dab the solution on the stained area using a soft cloth. You want to then rub gently so you do not cause the stain to spread. Let it sit for about 10 minutes and then wipe it with cold water using a soft cloth. Rinse the affected area thoroughly. Repeat until the solution is completely gone.
- Use a small amount of hairspray on the ink stain. Allow the hairspray to sit on the stain for some time. The hairspray will slowly work on the stain and will help to break the stain so that the ink can be easily removed. Use a clean, dry towel to blot the stain so that the hairspray and ink stain can be removed. Use a white towel as this will reduce the chances of re-staining. Make sure that you rub the stain gently while you are using towels. Make sure that you do not use a lot of hairspray as this might worsen the situation.
- Rubbing alcohol, preferably Isopropyl alcohol can remove the ink stain from your leather upholstery. Use a cotton swab and dip it in the rubbing alcohol and gently use it on the ink stain. Use a clean towel to wipe the area. If you find that the area is still slightly stained, repeat the process a couple times.
- Lastly, you can use either a diluted all purpose cleaner or an upholstery cleaner. The affected area should be pre treated with the cleaning product and left to dwell for a few moments. A damp micro fiber towel should then be used to agitate the area and help lift out the ink, the cleaner may need to be reapplied and the process repeated in order to completely lift out the stain.
Ink stains can sometimes be quite tough and for the removal of such deep and tough ink stains, you must visit a mobile auto detailing center.