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How to Remove Ink Stains & Chewing Gum from Clothes

If you’ve got kids, you’ll already know that there’s nothing you can do to keep them from getting dirty! Kids just seem to be magnets for all sorts of dust, dirt, and grime, so it’s important to have some clever tricks up your sleeve for when they come home from school with dirty clothes. Surf excel is here to help you with all your laundry needs! Here is a handy guide to remove ink stains and chewing gum from your kids’ clothes.  

How to Remove Ink Stains

Younger kids love experimenting with ballpoint pens, and older kids are encouraged to learn how to use fountain pens at school, so ink stains – in one form or another – are bound to be something most parents have to deal with. The good news is that water-based inks and paints are now widely available and commonly used, and the stains from these are much easier to remove from clothes.

Here are some ink stain removal tips:

  • Use a clean cloth to soak up any excess liquid. Dab, rather than wipe, to avoid spreading the stain, and avoid paper towels that could disintegrate.
  • Apply undiluted detergent to the stain. Apply Surf excel to the stain and let the garment sit for 10 minutes, allowing the stain to break down.
  • Once again, dab the stain with a clean cloth.

You should see that most of the ink comes out onto the cloth. Then, wash as normal. Some ink stains, such as those from permanent markers, are a little trickier to tackle. Rubbing alcohol is usually very effective in removing these more stubborn stains.  

How to Remove Chewing Gum from Clothes

Even if kids aren’t allowed chewing gum, the stuff is everywhere, and can easily become stuck onto clothing. The problem with chewing gum is that it’s so sticky that it instantly becomes attached to the fibres of the fabric, making it difficult to remove.

But don’t worry! If your kids come home from school with a chewy mass stuck to their sleeves, there are ways to get it out! Chewing gum is at its worst when it’s at room temperature.

That’s when it’s warm enough to be sticky, but not too warm that it’s at a melting point. So you have two options when it comes to getting the chewing gum out: make it really cold, or really hot.

The cold method                             

  • Apply ice cubes onto the gum until it’s hard, or place the garment in your freezer.
  • You should then be able to pry the chewing gum away from the clothing using a sturdy tool such as a knife or spoon.
  • Wash the garment as normal with your favourite Surf excel detergent.

The hot method

  • Use an indirect source of heat, like as a hairdryer, until the gum is almost melting.
  • Using gloves to protect your hands, peel the gum away.
  • Wash the garment as normal with Surf excel.

How do you deal with tough stains? Let us know your chewing gum and ink stain removal tips in the comments below!