Monday, February 22, 2010

Beyond the Tide pen

UPDATE: The sofa is cured and everyone is still speaking. My crazy brother is still even going to babysit again next week. Thanks for all the tips!

You guys should be really sad that you don't get the amazing post I was going to do today. Seriously, it was fantastic. Hilarious and profound at the same time. There was a lot of wisdom in it. Oh, and recipes. Yeah, really good ones.

But instead of doing that post, I need to ask a question instead.

Anyone know how to get black ball point ink out of the arm of a twill sofa?

Because Grant was really busy at his uncle's house this morning.

Seriously, does anyone know?

12 comments:

MommyJ said...

I've never gotten ink out of furniture... but ink out of clothing... I used hairspray, and this stuff called Solumel. It pretty much worked... but I've never been able to get an ink stain one hundred percent removed.

How's that for encouraging?

Good luck!

David Cranmer said...

I'm afraid I wouldn't have a clue and knowing myself would cover up the problem until I bought a new one. Note: if Grant becomes a successful artist one day, no one will care and, in fact, will try to sell it on eBay. Just tell his uncle to wait awhile.

Aubrey said...

There's some stuff called Goop that supposedly gets anything out of anything. I've used it for ink on clothing but not furniture, so maybe try it on an inconspicuous spot first and make sure it doesn't eat the couch or something.

Kimberly said...

Melaleuca's spot remover works well in the laundry I know. I've gotten ball point pen and engine grease out of khaki pants before. It has to be ordered from someone who sells it though and that can take time.

Good luck!

Happy Mom said...

I am no help, but I can commiserate!!!

DeNae said...

Me. Useless. Our furniture is made entirely out of Leggos.

Lara said...

rubbing alcohol has worked for me in the past. Ball point pen is almost worse than marker, though. Good luck!

Amber said...

Rubbing and alcohol sort of worked for me. Hopefully the uncle is nice?

Jami said...

Cheap hairspray. Lots of it. Spray. Lightly agitate. Blot thoroughly with a damp cloth. Repeat two or three times. Then blot with a dry cloth. Let it dry out. Do the whole routine again tomorrow. Unless the first time worked. Generally takes a couple of times.

Migillicutty said...

My mom uses this stuff called "Goo Gone'. I have no idea whatsoever if it works, but it has a picture of an orange with muscle-y arms on the front, so it must be awesome. Your welcome.

(BTW, there's only one 'g' in lego, DeNae)

Life in the Highlands said...

As mentioned already, try the cheap hairspray. The cheaper the better because it has a high alcohol content. It usually works. Or, as a back-up, try the rubbing alcohol.

And if not, maybe invest in DeNae's Lego furniture...but I'm sure most kids could find a way to "decorate" that, too.

Kazzy said...

I too would suggest hairspray, but have never tries it on furniture. I hope your relationship with the uncle is intact. :)