I tried a number of products such as OxiClean, Grandma's Secret Spot Remover and hydrogen peroxide.
They worked to varying degrees. All required some scrubbing to lift the stain and this raised a slight nap on the fabric. Grandma's Secret Stain Remover has a mild bleach effect so it actually lightened the treated area. My next step was to go out and buy a can of hairspray to give it a go (a natural beauty like me doesn't have that kind of beauty product on hand).
I've used hairspray to successfully remove oil marks from clothing by spraying the affected area generously and letting it dry. I would give it one more spray just before I threw it in the laundry and the oil mark generally comes out. So armed with my previous laundry experience and a fresh can of hairspray I was ready to begin the testing!
Method: I sprayed a pen mark generously with hairspray and gave the area a gentle massage with the ball of my finger to make sure that the fibres were well saturated. I let it sit for 20 minutes. At this point I noticed that the ink had broken down and bled so I gave the area another spray and a rub and then rinsed it in cool, running water.
Result: It was better than before but still not very good and I had wider area with a pale bluish tint.
Test #2Method: I sprayed a pen mark generously with hairspray and gave the area a gentle massage with the ball of my finger until I saw the ink loosen and the hairspray was getting a pale blue tinge to it. I added a little more spray to the area to keep the ink loose and I massaged a few more seconds. Next I rinsed the area with cool, running water.
Result: Success! The mark virtually disappeared! This is the method I will use to remove the remaining ink marks. In the following two pictures you can see the results of Test #2. The first is the before picture and the second is the after picture.
Method: I used method described in Test #2 to retreat the blocks.
Result: Multiple treatments with hairspray appear to remove most of the marks without fading the fabric.
Previously treated corner - you can see a peacock blue diagonal line
After a second treatment, this time with hairspray the diagonal line is almost gone
Lastly Kelly from at IHaveANotion loved my hexagon fob pincushion tutorial and has asked for permission to share my picture and blog about it on her blog. Of course I said yes! She has already posted a link on her blog under the header "Great Tutorials and Freebies". If you are looking for a project why not have a look and see what is on offer? I think it is great when we share links to each others blogs. It is a great way to meet bloggers we might not otherwise have discovered!
Until I post again, happy sewing!