How to Remove Gel Pen Ink Stains from a Suit.

How to Remove Gel Pen Ink Stains from a Suit.

Sad but funny. We’ve all seen it, a geeky guy walking down the street with a HUGE dark ink stain around the corner of his Giorgio Armani shirt pocket. Yes, another guy put his Gel Pen in his pocket without putting the cap back on.

Don’t laugh ladies, I’ve seen that same ink stain on the corner of your expensive Gucci purse as well.


Straight ink from a Gel Pen is difficult to remove. A small dot on your garment is highly concentrated with ink and as soon as you start to work on it the ink will spread out of control.


Dawn Dishwashing Liquid and CITRASOLV Degreaser:


  1. Fold a paper towel several times to make a thick absorbent pad and place that under the ink stain.
  2. Create a spotting solution with 1 part Dawn Dishwashing Liquid and 1 part Citraslov degreaser.
  3. Make a ring with the spotting solution 2” larger than the ink stain on the unstained area of the garment. This will help lubricate the unstained material so the ink will not stain the unstained area.
  4. From there continue to saturate the stained area including the ink stain with the spotting solution.
  5. Use a small scrapper or brush to work the spotting solution into the ink stain for a few minutes.
  6. Add a few drops of water if necessary. This will cause the ink to break up and spread.
  7. With a paper towel blot up as much of the spotting solution and ink as possible.
  8. Repeat steps 1-7 several times until the ink no longer transfers through to the paper towel underneath.
  9. Rise area with fresh water.



Any residual ink after washing will need to be stripped off with a non chlorine bleach.

Sodium Perborate and Sodium Carbonate – Oxo Bright or OxiClean:


  1. In a bucket create a soaking solution with 3 ounces of product per 1 gallon of water.
  2. Use as hot of a water as material allows.
  3. Soak the entire garment in the solution.
  4. Soak the garment for several hours or overnight.
  5. Rinse with fresh water.


Every item varies and should be evaluated and tested for colorfastness. Seek Professional help if necessary.



Karl Huie

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