Does anyone know how to get dried ball point pen ink off a Formica counter top? I did not realize it leaked and left it on the counter top. It has been in the 90's.
I tried paint thinner with some success, but cannot remove it all. Of course the counter top is about a year old and light colored.
By dduff from Adirondacks, NY
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By Kayla P.12/11/2014
I got pen ink all over a counter top that was covered with that plastic stick on drawer liner. The nail polish remover with a low quantity of acetone worked really well!
Baking soda and water worked well for the pen ink on my formica countertops. My countertops are cream and it was black ink. Did take 3-5 minutes of scrubbing.
I know that one of the readers said that baking soda and water didn't work for her but it always does for me. I just sprinkle some on a damp cloth and rub it on. It's taken off ballpoint ink and the food coloring ink that results from unpacking groceries on the counter. And it won't scratch the surface!
Thanks for letting us know dduff :-) Not very many people come back to share with everyone what and if solved their question so am appreciative :-)
By Diane 08/24/2009
Thank you all for your suggestions. The nail polish remover worked. I used a cheap paint brush from a child's art kit to minimize the spread of the acetone and used a paper towel to blot it.
I was going to say nail polish remover too but make sure it's acetone not non-acetone.
Try hair spray, rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover.
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I had a stain caused from water mixing with ink on some piece of junk mail. We tried baking soda, vinegar. Nope that didn't work. Then I thought hard for a minute, and ran to get my nail polish remover. It went like magic, like on TV when they are promoting something new and fantastic. Just pour it on, just be mindful of the type of counter you have.
By Lisa Hallman from Ajax, ON
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