Pen marks are one stain that benefits from quick action. Stain removal on durable everyday fabrics like cotton, linen, and durable synthetics is easiest, as these fabrics can tolerate hot water and more vigorous stain removal methods.
First, rinse excess ink from the fabric by running hot water directly over the stain. Then, apply Stain Solution working the solution in gently using a damp Stain Brush. Let sit a few moments, then pour hot water from a height over the stain, helping to push the ink out of the fabric. If the ink stain is still present after soaking, repeat the process and be sure to gently work the fabric with the brush. Working from both sides of the garment can also help coax the stain from the fabric. Finally, once the stain has lifted, wash as usual with the appropriate detergent, such as Signature Detergent. Do not machine dry ink-stained garments until you are absolutely sure the stain is gone, as heat from the dryer can set them in further.
For ink stains on delicate, dry-clean tagged garments such as silk, consult a professional.
Removing ink stains can be challenging, especially if the ink has had a chance to set. But the right products from The Laundress and perseverance can save your garment from the garbage. You owe it to yourself to try!