Allyse asked: How do you get black ballpoint pen out of a vinyl chair seat? We have a 50’s kitchenette set and a friend’s child drew in black pen on the cream vinyl seat.
Fortunately, ballpoint ink is fairly easy to remove from most surfaces, including vinyl. Follow the guidelines below to remove the ink and return your vinyl seats to new again.
You Will Need:
- All purpose spray cleaner
- Household ammonia
- Mild soap
- Spray bottle
- Paper towels or soft cloths
Steps to Remove the Ink:
*Always test a small hidden section first to ensure the cleaner will not cause any adverse effects to the surface of the vinyl.
- Begin by applying an all-purpose cleaner to the stain.
- Gently wipe with a soft cloth. Avoid applying too much pressure.
- Repeat if needed.
- Rinse the area completely.
- If the stain remains, moisten a clean cloth with a small amount of ammonia.
- Place the cloth on the stain and allow it to sit for a few minutes.
- Use the cloth to gently wipe the area until the ink is removed.
- Mix a mild soap with water and use a clean cloth to clean the entire area.
- Allow it to dry completely.
Additional Tips and Ideas
- Gel ink is different from ballpoint ink and is nearly impossible to remove. Use caution whenever writing with gel ink pens.
- If you are concerned the products used above will damage the vinyl (or the test spot showed adverse effects), you can try using a vinyl conditioner to remove the ink.
- Regular white toothpaste is another alternate cleaner that can be applied to ink stains. Simply apply and rub gently with a soft cloth. Rinse and allow the area to dry.
- Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is also great for removing ink. Test a small hidden area first to ensure it does not cause any discolorations.
- Acetone nail polish can also be used to remove ink, but use very little and watch for any discoloration of the vinyl.
- As a last resort, isopropyl alcohol will usually remove the ink. Test it in a hidden area first to be sure it is safe for your vinyl item.