When you are wearing a plain white tee shirt you and you are using an ink pen it is usually not a big deal if you get ink on it. You can typically just wipe it off with a wet towel and that is the end of the stain. However, when you are talking about Egyptian Cotton sheets there are far more stakes at hand to take into consideration. This is not the same as ruining a simple cotton sheet set and you should understand that ruining a set of Egyptian cotton sheets is essentially ruining an investment.
What’s So Special About Egyptian Cotton Sheets?
First of all, Egyptian cotton sheets are considerably more expensive than a regular cotton set of sheets. They are created with a special species of cotton that is a unique product of the Egyptian climate. When you are talking about a set of sheets that can run you a couple of hundred dollars then it is definitely a good idea to take the best possible care of it. It is understandable, however, that accidents happen. When you are using an ink pen or something else that uses ink and you spill it on your sheets your first instinct may be to panic. Don’t. Instead know that there are ways to remove the ink and prevent a stain.
Getting the stain out at home can be done if you work quickly. The longer you wait to take care of the stain the more time the ink has to set in and dry completely. When this happens your Egyptian cotton sheets will be effectively ruined beyond repair. In the fight against staining you should have laundry detergents in your arsenal. However, your cleaning arsenal must have a secret weapon.
Secret Weapon: Hairspray!
The secret weapon: Hairspray! This may come as a surprise but hairspray is a highly versatile substance that is actually quite useful for multiple different purposes. The idea of using hairspray is relatively simple. The hairspray will mix with the ink and cause it to be mixed with the ink. However, before you can apply the hairspray there is a very important step that needs to be taken.
Dab up excess ink with a rag. Do not rub! This will cause the ink to spread and then things will be even worse. This is a process where you will have to exercise patience. That patience will be rewarded if you are willing to stick it out.
Spray the hairspray on the stain heavily. If you want to be sure that the stain will be removed then you have to saturate the stain with the hairspray. This will force the ink to mix with the hairspray and become more soluble.
Gently rub in small circles, then rinse. Repeat until the stain is gone. It cannot be stressed enough that you should rub the area gently as rigorous rubbing could damage the fabric and even make the staining worse. If you have a liquid hairspray that you can unscrew the top from, you can pour it into a bowl and dip the stain right into it.