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Removing Ink from Worsted Wool

By Dr. Laundry January 20, 2009

Q. How can I remove ink from a ball point pen from my worsted wool garment?

A. For ink stains, I prefer using solvent(s) and applying from the back of the stain to keep from forcing the ink further into the fibers as it dissolves. Here are some step-by-step instructions:

  • If the stain is small, try use a Q-Tip and something like Goo Gone or a tar remover for automobiles. Dab gently with the tip, then use a clean one to try and transfer the dissolved ink so it doesn’t spread.
  • If the stain is large, try the same approach using a couple of old towels. One is used for applying and one is used for transferring. Keep changing the transfer towel surface so you don’t end up reapplying the removed ink to another part of the garment.

If all else fails, take it to a dry cleaner and see what they can do for you. Wool tends to be tricky sometimes.