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Removing ink stains can be a difficult process.

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Finding a felt tip ink or Indian ink stain on a household surface is enough to make even the coolest host flip their lid. Learn stain removal techniques while maintaining the grace and style even Martha would admire.

­The first step in removing ink stains is to identify the stained material.­­­

­Below are the most common types of materials that can become ink-stained, with steps on how to remove ink from each: