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How do you get ink off vinyl?

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Removing ballpoint ink from vinyl requires a multi-step process using progressively stronger cleaners. Once the ink is gone, wash the vinyl with mild soap and water to remove any traces of the cleaners. Materials required include white cloths, all-purpose cleaner, ammonia and mild soap.

  1. Determine the type of ink

    Ballpoint ink is easier to remove from vinyl than ink from a gel pen. If the ink is from a gel pen, contact a professional cleaner.

  2. Use an all-purpose cleaner

    The chemicals in all-purpose cleaners work to remove light ink stains. Spray the cleaner on the ink stain and wipe with a cloth. Avoid scrubbing so vigorously as to distort the shape of the vinyl.

  3. Graduate to ammonia

    If the ink is resistant to the all-purpose cleaner, allow ammonia fumes to dissolve it. Move the object to a well-ventilated area. Pour a small amount of ammonia on a clean cloth, and lay the cloth over the ink. Leave the cloth in place for several minutes. Use the cloth to wipe away the ink. Change to clean cloths with fresh ammonia if necessary.

  4. Remove the traces of ammonia

    Mix a dilute solution of mild soap and water. Use a fresh cloth to wash the vinyl to remove any remaining ammonia. Rinse the article using a cloth dipped in clear water.

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