It is standard practice for A Cleaner World to check every pocket before cleaning a garment. Recently I once again failed to check Matt’s pockets when doing laundry at home which resulted in this – an ink load. When I pulled the clothes out of the washer I was baffled. What in the world had I done to these white clothes to create such a streaky black mess? I fished around the front seal of the washer to find the culprit – a black pen broken in half.
At first I was mad at Matt for leaving it in his pocket. Then I was mad at myself for once again failing to check his pockets knowing his habit. (On a side note - when I shared this post with him he pointed out that if it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t have nearly as much to write about.) Then I got over myself and went to work trying everything I knew to get the ink out of a handful of items I wanted to salvage. I failed and so there were a few items I had to replace. I ended up spending about $150. Expensive lesson.
If the same thing happens to you, I have some suggestions that will hopefully help you spend far less than I did.
• Don’t tumble dry the items, instead air dry them – heat can set the ink permanently. If it does happen in the dryer, unfortunately there isn’t much that can be done.
• Find the pen and all its pieces. Be sure to clean or wipe out the drum of the machine. Don’t use any flammable cleaner in the dryer.
• Take the pieces to A Cleaner World. We have soaps formulated for ink removal and the technical knowledge that will increase the chances of a successful outcome.
If you have any questions about ink stains, please feel free to post a message on our Facebook page, send us a tweet @cleaner_world, or an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re glad to help.