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Stain from 'water soluble' fabric marker
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Date: 3/29/09 9:46 AM

I've made a great dress from a linen-look poly (I know it's poly, because I melted a nice-size hole in it earlier in this project ). HOWEVER...

I marked the darts with a blue water-soluble ink. Then I sort of forgot that, and pressed the darts with a hot iron and steam. The blue ink diffused through a fair-size field of the fabric near three of the darts-- about 3 x 5 inches diameter. My fabric is a black and white mod print, and now there's a field of very pale blue around three darts! When I spray these areas with a water mist, the marks promptly disappear-- only to reappear when the fabric dries.

Please, please... any advice on how to get this to go away?

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Subject: Stain from water soluble fabric marker Date: 3/29/09 9:48 AM

Try a little bit of fondue fuel.

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Date: 3/29/09 10:09 AM

What else have you tried so far? I would try to replicate the mark on a scrap then give it a battery of tests. Soap and water and a scrub, laundry pre-treat solution, toothpaste (yes, really! Plain white if you can find it, but the gels often work, too), shave cream (see toothpaste), hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol (works on sharpie ink), dishwasher detergent, oxy clean... the list is pretty long of what you can try. Oh - for rust you use lemon juice, salt and sun exposure, so that is one I often give a whirl, too. You never know! I have had those marks disappear from exposure to light, so it may work even though it has been heated. Good luck!

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Date: 3/29/09 10:40 AM

Man, you guys are the best! Tons of great ideas in less than 45 minutes.


I'm now cutting a piece of fabric scrap and re-creating the stain. I'll start with rubbing alcohol and peroxide and see what they do. And set it out in the light, too.

I'll post my progress later today.

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Date: 3/29/09 11:11 AM

I would try Dawn first. Since polyester is petroleum-based, a petroleum based laundry/cleaning product like Lestoil may work (full strength, no rubbing). I hate having to use it but it does come in handy now and then, especially for greasy stains. Honestly, on the infrequent occasions I sew with poly, I tend to mark with thread or brush-away chalk because stains are just so difficult to remove from polyester, especially when heat-set.

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Date: 3/29/09 11:20 AM

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[...] rubbing alcohol (works on sharpie ink) [...]

My husband has the absent-minded habit of putting uncapped indelible pens, including sharpies, into his shirt pockets. For the record, I've never had a bit of luck getting it out with alcohol. Once it dries, it takes almost an act of God to get it out... lol.

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Date: 3/29/09 7:03 PM

You already got lots of great ideas, but if none work I'm wondering about hairspray. It works so well on ballpoint ink...
so maybe??

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Date: 3/29/09 11:10 PM

Natalie - I admit I haven't tried it on fabric. But I was thrilled to find out how well it works on things like dvd's and other smooth surfaces.

I always thought it was the alcohol in hairspray that did the ball point ink trick and newer sprays don't have as much alcohol in them.

Oh - I just remembered glycerin. Some baby wipes have it and they can work for odd ball stains, as well. Unless you have an old bottle of it under your kitchen sink like I do. I think I used it to make soap bubbles for blowing with the kids. Yeah - "kids" now 26 and 28. Maybe it was longer ago than I thought....

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Date: 3/29/09 11:16 PM

I had this happen when I marked some white fabric for machine embroidery. The marks kept reappearing. I just kept spraying with water and after about 25 times they stayed gone for good. However, my fabric was cotton, so might not work. Have you tried soaking your fabric in water?
Sometimes it just takes quite a few tries.

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Date: 3/30/09 7:47 AM

You just need to submerge the fabric in water only. NO DETERGENTS OR SOAPS. Make sure the area is completely wet, pull out after a couple of minutes, no marks should reappear.

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