Asked on Jun 14, 2018

Removal of ink spots on velvet?

Mariana Bonilla
by Mariana Bonilla
I just saw my brown velvet couch-an antique piece-has an ink stain,and I know it is pen ink because I found the pen under it.

  7 answers
  • 27524803 27524803 on Jun 14, 2018

    Try using hair spray... and blot don't rub

  • Tcs Tcs on Jun 14, 2018

    Hairspray. Then can be rinsed with water. Use a blow dryer to dry spot while fluffing with a soft brush or your hand.

  • Jcraw Jcraw on Jun 14, 2018

    remember, especially with velvet, to move blotting towards the middle of the stain. To avoid spreading.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Jun 14, 2018

    Rubbing alcohol - dab with a cotton ball and then blot with a clean cloth or cotton ball. Professional cleaning if it is a valuable piece. Test a spot first, since velvet is easily damaged. Although I've never used it personally, I've heard about this product being used successfully:

  • GoddessOdd GoddessOdd on Jun 14, 2018

    Alcohol often works too, but I would be VERY careful on antique velvet...proceed slowly, blot, don't rub or you'll make the problem worse. if the alcohol doesn't work, I would try a little nail polish remover on a cotton swab. For any of these methods, I would first test a hidden area to make sure it's safe, and dab the center of the stain.. see if the color is transferred on to the cotton. If so, be very patient, it's easy to make problems like this much worse very quickly. Continue blotting the spot with the remover until you see the spot lifting. You don't say how large the spot is, but I would work very carefully from the outside towards the center, to avoid spreading the stain. I would also not saturate the fabric, as the solvent can carry the ink outwards if the fabric is too damp. It might take several applications to lift the spot. Any time you get fabric, especially antique fabric, wet, you run the risk of creating a ring when it dries. Try to use as little solvent as possible to do the job. If all else fails, there are professional restorers who can help...but usually for serious money.

  • Cindy Cindy on Jun 15, 2018

    I read a few different articles regarding removing an ink stain. They all said to blot this stain with rubbing alcohol. Repeat if necessary. Do not rub. That would make matters worse. Good luck.

  • Kelly Denoyer Russell Kelly Denoyer Russell on Jun 15, 2018

    I love Spot Shot. Can get it anywhere....Walmart. Blue can with orange lid. The stain remover one not general carpet cleaning one In a spray bottle. My kid inked an entire microfiber couch scribbling all over it. Took it all out. I didn’t have any pooling just lines but it removed it all. I also used this on blood. One kid stubbed a toe during a chase game. They were screaming and giggling running all over the living room. I looked up and hundreds of little red spots were all over the carpet in just minutes. Took it all out.