How to Remove Red Stamp Pad, Red Ballpoint Pen, and Red Ink Stains

Red ink stains can be very difficult to remove.
Red ink stains can be very difficult to remove.
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­Red ink stains, whether from a stamp pad or a ballpoint pen, can be a nightmare to remove. Follow these tips to treat these stains and prevent yourself from seeing red.

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

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

Non-washable fibers such as Acetate, Carpet (synthetic and wool), Fiberglass, Rayon, Silk, Triacetate or Wool

Washable fibers such as Acrylic Fabric, Cotton, Linen, Modacrylic,

Nylon, Olefin, Polyester or Spandex

Hard surfaces such as Acrylic Plastic, Aluminum, Bamboo, Cane, Ceramic Glass/Tile, Glass, Paint (flat and gloss), Plexiglas, Polyurethane, Vinyl Clothing or Vinyl Wallcovering

Alabaster or marble

Special surfaces such as Asphalt, Cork, Linoleum or Vinyl Tile

Stone surfaces such as Bluestone, Brick, Concrete, Flagstone, Granite, Masonry Tile, Sandstone, Slate or Terrazzo


Leather or suede