How to Clean a Flat Screen TV

Don’t despair if your TV screen looks messy. Maybe yours look the same as mine. But I apply some great hacks on my flat TV screen to keep it clean from time to time. Now it is your turn to learn those hacks and make your TV look smarter than ever. Some of us have kids and their fingertips can ruin your TV screens. However, if a guest comes to your house and asks you why does your TV screen looks nasty, you can give them this valid excuse. Luckily though, there are some products and ingredients that you can use to make your TV screen appear presentable in front of your guests or husband. Here I will teach you How to Clean a Flat Screen TV.

TV screen monitors are somewhat similar to computer monitors that called high-definition flat-panel display or LCD monitors. However, your smartTV or flat TV comes with different glasses than that you will find in tubes or old TV models. So, you cannot use a normal window cleaner to your TV to make it look clean and fresh. Your TV’s  LCD or plasma screen is flexible and sensitive; so it will be better if you avoid chemical cleaners or ordinary paper towels. So, of course, it is important to know how you can clean your TV screen safely without causing any damage to it.

HOW TO CLEAN A FLAT SCREEN TV
HOW TO CLEAN A FLAT SCREEN TV

Make Your Own Screen Cleaner for TVs and Computers

During my childhood, we had a glass-screened television and my mother used to wipe it with plain dry and a soft cloth. Though, today our TV screen gets dirty due to fingerprints and dirt. So it is not that easy to remove those fingertips from the screen. Still, a simple dry cotton cloth will work. Find a soft microfiber cloth that you mostly use to clean your eyeglasses and camera lenses. Gently wipe the screen with this soft cloth and dirt and debris will be gone. You may also want to wipe around the TV to make sure there is no dirt that will fly their way on your TV screen.

You may have very mild dish soap in your kitchen which can be a solution for stubborn fingerprints on your smart TV. These soaps are highly diluted with water and you can apply a little bit to your soft cloth. Do not apply it directly to your TV screen. Panasonic Smart TV comes with a manual on how to clean your TV screen with soap. They show you how much soap to use with the correct ratio of water. They recommend a 100:1 ration for water and soap. Since the LCD screen tends to be much sensitive to touch, be careful while cleaning. Don’t press too hard or it will damage the screen. Also, if you use a moist cloth, dry the skin with a dry cloth to remove possible swirls or streaks.

You can repeat this procedure 2-3 days per week or whenever there is dirt or scratches on your TV screen. Also, if you want to keep it clean the whole week, teach your children how to resist touching a flat TV screen. I am sure it is not going to be an easy process and will take time, but it will pay you off later. If your screen is totally covered with dust, you should prepare for heavy cleaning. Fingerprints are pretty annoying as we contain a little bit of oil in our palm and when we use our smartphone screen, you will notice how bad it looks on the surface. Moreover, you cannot try to clean it by putting pressure or chemical products in it. It can cause serious damage to your TV screen. If you search online, you will find there are many products that can help you clean your TV screen. However, I would not suggest you try them as they can contain chemicals that can cause damage.

Avoid Harmful Chemicals

If you want to save your TV screen and want to watch your favorite TV show for delicately, you should not skip this section. Avoiding harmful chemicals like alcohol and ammonia can help you give a better life to your TV screen. You will find these chemicals in traditional window cleaners, but trust me, these things are for that use only. You can use them to clean your windows and even an old TV screen but not that flat one. If you use alcohol or any other chemicals, it will trigger a heavy damage to your expensive flat TV. Also, there are cleaners that have alcohol and ammonia, you should avoid them too. Moreover, even acetone can cause damage to your screen; so better avoid it too. Sometimes cleaners contain abrasive stuff that can scratch your screen; you might want to avoid that too.

Better not Use Cleaning Kit At All

Some cleaning kits cost $15 to $20 just for a simple microfiber cloth and a bottle of gel or liquid of cleaning solutions. These products mostly contain water and nothing more. Who wants to buy water which is that much pricy? Instead, you can buy a microfiber cloth from a store and use distilled water that will work. If you still want to use a cleaning kit, make sure it does not contain any of the above-mentioned chemicals.

The Remote Control Also Needs Some Cleaning Too!

If you think that you only need to clean the TV to make it look presentable, then you are lying to yourself. If your remote control looks nasty too, then you should clean it. Remotes are not only gross but they also contain a fair amount of bacteria. Every time you look at that remote controller, just imagine how many people have touched it and pressed the buttons on it. Not all of them use hand sanitizer all the time. So, if you don’t want to get sick, clean it too.

If you want to play safer, just remove the batteries too and start cleaning. Start by cleaning it upside down so that you can remove the dirt effectively. Focus on the area around the buttons where debris falls and make it look dirty. Wipe the entire remote with a soft piece of cloth and make it look like a new one. You can also use a dry toothbrush to clean the areas around the buttons and when you think it’s done, use a damp cloth to wipe it once again. Now reinstall the batteries and it’s all good.

There are some dos and don’ts that you should check out too for safety purposes.

Do’s: For Safely Cleaning Your LCD Screens

  • Only use soft microfiber cloths for your LCD screens. These clothes are washable, soft, and specially designed to clean screens.
  • To clean the edges of your TV screen, you require a clean cotton ball or swab.
  • Always make sure your device is powered off before cleaning.
  • Never directly spray on your screen, better do it on the cloth

Don’ts: For Safely Cleaning Your LCD Screens

  • Do not ever use a rough texture on your screen like a hand towel, toilet paper, dusting cloth or paper towels to clean the screen.
  • Never touch your screen bare hand because it can shorten the life of your TV screen
  • Never use any chemicals on your TV screen. Avoid window cleaner too as it can make your screen yellow and eventually it will damage.
  • If you find a mark is not coming off, do not rub the surface harder because it can kill your screen pixels.
  • Do not ever spray any cleaning solution directly on the screen. It can damage the inside of the monitor or even the screen.
  • Do not ever clean your screen with power on. Try to power off before cleaning
  • Never wash your Microfiber cloth in fabric softener.

Steps for Cleaning your TV Screen Easily

  1. Turn off your TV and give it sometimes to get cool.
  2. Find the manual of the TV where you may find some tips for cleaning your TV screen
  3. Bring out a soft and clean cloth, preferably a microfiber one and gently wipe it on your screen. You must use it as a dry cloth and avoid the wet feeling.
  4. First, wipe it off with a dry cloth and use the cleaning material to damp the cloth
  5. Use it on your screen to clean the surface.

Finally, run a third soft dry cloth on the TV screen as the last step. Now your TV screen will look as good as new. Repeat the process as many times as you want.

 

How to Remove Hard Water Spots From Windows

Depending on the cause of the hard water spots on your windows, we face a hard time removing the spots. It creates a messy and stubborn look on your windows and is very difficult to get rid of. First off, we need to identify the reasons why these spots occur and then we can find a great solution that would help us prevent or get rid of the issue. First of all, water is different on the basis of locations and in some countries or locations, water contains high minerals like calcium and magnesium. You will find your bathroom mirror or the mirror above the sink full of these stubborn water dots. When the water evaporates from the surface after sometimes it leaves with these marks. The marks are whitish or greyish depending on the level of calcium the water contains. When you find such marks on your windows, you can try to remove them as soon as possible. At the earliest stage, these marks are easy to remove, but as the days go by, they become stubborn than ever.

The thing is, it ruins the view of the mirror and creates a boring look. Sometimes by applying regular detergent, you can get rid of these spots but using soap scum does not help much. Since calcium and magnesium are difficult to remove from your mirror surface, you need to identify the reasons behind the cause. And only then, you will be able to find out a reliable solution. Today in this post, I will share some coolest solutions that will help you get rid of these stubborn hazy watermarks from your window glass easily.

HOW TO REMOVE HARD WATER SPOTS FROM WINDOWS
HOW TO REMOVE HARD WATER SPOTS FROM WINDOWS

The Reasons Behind Water Spots on Windows

We will talk about How to Remove Hard Water Spots From Windows for sure. But before that, it is important to know why they have developed in the first place. When water drops are sprinkled on the glass, if we don’t wipe them off immediately, the water-based minerals such as calcium and magnesium would cause these hazy marks on your Windows. Therefore, when the water is sprinkled on the surface, it evaporates after sometimes it leaves those stubborn marks on your windows and the water flies away leaving the minerals behind.

Rainwater can cause these spots on windows but that is not the only source of these watermarks. If you find a water sprinkler is also spraying your windows, that would be a cause too. Sometimes even when your roof leaks rainwater it causes the water spots. If you can address if any of these actions are causing the problem, then you can stop the action to get rid of the issue.

Some window glasses even come with an in-built quality to help prevent water spots. However, not all windows come with the same feature. If you don’t have this feature on your windows, you can try to apply some glass sealant, carnauba paste wax, or rain repellent products on your windows or mirrors that contain water spots. These products will help the rainwater roll-down the glass without beading up on the mirror or window. So, this technique reduces the chance of hard watermark formation.

Things You Should Know Before Removing Water Stains

We would remove the water stains from your windows or mirror for sure, but before going to any steps, we should check out a few things that would help.

  • Choose a small area and test the area to see if it is working or not
  • You should never try to remove water stains from hot glass or windows under direct sunlight
  • You need to clean the windows precisely before working on the spots
  • Never use abrasive scrubbing materials such as scrubs or pads
  • You should follow all the directions to scrub the stains
  • Do not let any cleaning materials dry out on the windows or surface
  • Be careful while cleaning your glass windows because they can be fragile

Now that you have read the precautions carefully, you won’t have any problem performing the action. So, let’s have a look at the main steps below.

Steps for Removing Water Stains from Windows

We would treat your windows with a water stain cleaning product, but before that, we will spend sometimes cleaning the windows. Here are the solutions-

Water and vinegar: collect white distilled vinegar and some water. Put the solution in a spray bottle and spray the solution on the windows. You need to saturate the entire area thoroughly and make sure you clean the window glasses before going to remove the marks. After applying the solution, you need to sit patiently for a minute and when the glass dries, you need to respray the area. And also with that, you need to spray a little solution on a rough towel and scrub the window with the towel. After scrubbing, you need to dry the window with a soft paper towel and you will find the water spots are vanishing. Repeat the process until the entire window looks fresh.

Lemon: lemon can help you get rid of those stubborn water marks. Slice a half lemon piece and then rub the piece on the glass with the correct amount of pressure. Lemon contains natural acidity that would help you remove water stains with ease. Wipe the lemon juice with a soft cloth and spray a glass cleaner and wipe it off with a newspaper to find your windows shining.

These are natural and effective home remedies that will help you conquer the stubborn water spots on your windows. However, you can also ask for professional services is these home-made remedies don’t work for you. So, now that you know How to Remove Hard Water Spots From Windows, you can start the process anytime. Meanwhile, if you need any help, feel free to ask us in the comment box below.

How to Calculate House Rent Allowance u/s 10(13A) of the Income Tax Act 1961?

Wondering how to Calculate House Rent Allowance u/s 10(13A) of the Income Tax Act 1961? Then you have come to the right place. The HRA is a part of your salary, and it is a taxable income that an employer offers for your home accommodation. Under section 10(13A), you can avail of tax benefits for your HRA allowance. Go through the article to know how to calculate your HRA and what are the documents that you need for availing tax benefits HRA. Not only that, we are here to tell you how much tax amount can you save from your salary for HRA.

What is section 10(13A) under the 1961 income tax act?

10(13A) 1961 Indian income tax act mentions 3 variables. Through these 3 variables, you can avail exemptions, No.1 is “Actual HRA Received” No.2 is “40% of Salary (50%, if house situated in any of the metro cities as in if you are staying in Mumbai, Calcutta, Delhi or Chennai)” and the last one is No.3 “Rent paid minus 10% of salary(Salary= Basic + DA (if part of retirement benefit) + Turnover based Commission)”. But there are is the one-key point to remember, if you receive an HRA but staying in your own house the wholesome of your salary is taxable.

Who can Claim HRA?

HRA is only available for salaried persons, and it is a part of your monthly salary. HRA is rent accommodation. Hence, the self-employed persons can not claim tax benefits under Home Rent Allowance.

How much tax benefits you can get?

Your employer generates HRA. To avail tax benefits your actual rent should be lower than 10% of your basic pay.

In case you are living in a metro city, you can save up to 50% of your basic salary, and if you are living in a city other than metros, the amount is up to 40%.

How to Calculate House Rent Allowance
How to Calculate House Rent Allowance

How to calculate your HRA?

Let’s take an example, Mr Roy, who lives in a metro city like Gurgaon. He stays in a rented house, and he is paying 8000 monthly rent. Mr Roy’s monthly basic salary is 16000 rupees, and he gets Rs6000 as an HRA amount.

The tax amount is applicable to 20% of his income.

His annually HRA’s amount is (Monthly HRA’ Amount * 12) 72000 rupees. For metro cities his salaries 50%(50%*Rs16000*12) Rs96000.

Actual rent amount minus Basic salary’s 10% (Rs8000X12)-(10% of Rs16000X12)= Rs 96000-Rs19200= Rs76,800

This Rs 76800 is the exampted tax amount from Mr Das’s HRA’s amount.

What documents Do You Need for the HRA exemption?

To claim the HRA’s tax exemptions, you have to submit your monthly rent receipts. If your rent amount is crossing 1 lakh accommodation limit in a financial year, then your landlord’s pan details are required for HRA’s claim. In case your landlord does not have a pan card, a self-declaration letter needs to submit.

A Special Situation Where You Can Avail Tax Benefits Through HRA

Paying rent to family members:

As the HRA claiming person, you can not be the owner of the rented house. Rest, if you are paying rent to your parents or any other family dependent, you can claim for tax deduction under HRA. One thing to remember is, if the house owner is your spouse, the HRS’ tax benefits will not be available. As the view of Indian tradition, you and your wife should take a rented house together for accommodation. Even if your parents are your landlord, make sure that you have proper renting documents and financial transactions report of your rented home. The tax department has the authority to reject your HRA’s claim if they are not satisfied with your financial transaction. 

The Frequently Asked Questions

Here we are going to address the most frequently asked questions on the topic.

Can anyone get HRA tax benefits?

No, because not everyone paying rent for their houses and not everyone gets the HRA from their employer. Also, self-employed people are not getting HRA benefits.

Can I get tax benefits for paying rent for family members?

Yes, you can only if you have enough documents that prove that you are paying rent for your parents.

Can I get tax benefits on my house maintains charges?

No, HRA benefits will only available for rent paid. Maintenance charges, electricity bills, water bills, does not part of the HRA.

I am living in a rented house, but my HRA is not included in my monthly earnings. Can I get any tax benefits?

Under section 80GG, if you are staying in a rented house, you are eligible for tax benefits, but you do not qualify for HRAs Income Tax Act 1961 under 10(13A).

Final words

Now you know everything about the tax benefits you can avail from the HRA deductions. Availing the support of a financial adviser at the time of tax filing is something you can consider for a smooth settlement. To know more about different tax saving options, keep reading us. Adieu, guys. Happy tax saving!

How to Use a Caulking Gun

A caulking gun is very helpful in fulfilling gaps and cracks at home. Apart from that, you can seal your leaky faucet or shower effectively. Knowing How to Use a Caulking Gun can be a great skill for homeowners and that would make household repairs and installation of appliances easier. A caulking gun is filled with repairing materials inside and the outer part of this tool can be made of silicone, latex or other materials. This tool basically works on any material like metal, glass, wood, and ceramic. So, no matter whether you are a pro at using a caulking gun or not, at some point in life, you need to practice this technique to live an easier life. It usually comes with a tube and to use the tool, you need to get it out of the tube. However, to use it effectively and efficiently, you need some instructions. Readout this entire post and find the necessary solutions.

HOW TO USE A CAULKING GUN
HOW TO USE A CAULKING GUN

A caulk gun is a great home improvement tool and the best thing about it is, it is easy to use and affordable. You can use it for a quick repair to many household problems. You can usually apply caulk without a gun though, but using a gun makes it simpler. One of the many reasons why people use a caulking gun is, it helps you squeeze the repair material to apply that of the surface. So that you don’t need to put any pressure. The only thing you require is a few minutes in hand and some simple household items to start with the process.

Before Using a Caulking Gun

Before we start using one, there are a few things to remember. First of all, you need to pick up the right tools. And when it comes to the caulk, it depends on the type of repair you are trying to do. For example, if you are trying for indoor jobs on the surface that is exposed to water, like a shower or faucet or a bathtub, you need silicone caulk. Silicone caulk works like a sealant as well as it helps repel moisture. But if you are looking to apply it on your basement floor, you need latex caulk that would suit your preference. But if your surface is exposed to the sun, rain, or water, then you will rather need an older variety of caulk. Here are the things you need to collect for repairing purpose:

  • Caulk (depending on the repair you are about to do)
  • A caulking gun
  • A putty knife
  • Wire brush
  • Vinegar
  • Nails
  • Ice cube (optional)
  • Plastic gloves
  • Vinegar
  •  Scissors
  •  Small vacuum

It is not important to collect all of the things I have mentioned above, in fact, based on your problem, you can choose the solutions. So now it is the time to take you through a simple How to Use a Caulking Gun guide in the next section.

Step 1- Understand the Caulking Gun

Each caulking gun comes with a barrel and/or a cradle to hold the cartridge. Along with that, it comes with a plunger rod and a large or small trigger to let out the repair solution. The trigger helps you release the plunger rod and that would help in removing the cartridge.

Step 2- Prepare the Cartridge

Next, you need to prepare your cartridge and for that, cut off the tip of the cartridge. Small handling scissors work well in this case and you can use that rather than a knife. You may also need to cut off the nozzle to its width to joint your preferred bead size. And for that, you can do this on a 40-degree angle and once you passed that stage, insert the cartridge in the caulking gun. Also, make sure that the plunger rod is within your reach and it is pulled out completely.

Step 3- Apply the Product

If you are using a caulking gun for the first time, practice the use on simple cardboard for a few times to find out how it really works. But before applying the solution or caulk on the joint, practice with your gun in a forward and backward direction. You also need to make sure whether the product is pushed inside the gun or not. The best way to find it out is to release the trigger just when you need to apply a little product. After a few practices during your application, you will be able to use it smoothly without an issue. If you are using glues, it will get squished flat on the surface and you can smoothen it to help it become an effective sealant.

Step 4- Finish the Joint

Just as soon as you finish applying the product on the thing or surface that needs repair, it is the time to finish the process effortlessly. Use soapy water to finish off the joint. But some manufacturers recommend other products (depending on the materials) to finish the sealants or the fillers. You can also use glues or tapes in slow and steady motion on the joint. Anything you do, the goal should be to create a stable and smooth surface than it was before.

You can also caulk windows if you need to but if your windows are new, start with the large gaps. You can use the  DAP Non-Rigid as it joints and contracts large gaps effectively. But you can also foam filler but that would take a little effort to clean. So, it is better to find out your requirements before you go for any type of caulking product to fix your windows or seal any faucet or stuff. If you don’t use the right product based on your surface or object, you may not find reliable solutions. Therefore, using a caulking gun even with the proper instructions will be of no use. So, it is better to find out the right product for your materials and use them accordingly. You can use alcohol in a spray bottle for silicone caulk but if you are using nonsilicone caulk, you need plain or distilled water.

That’s all about How to Use a Caulking Gun, but if you have a question in your head, feel free to ask in the comment box below.

 

3 Easy Steps to Clean Air Vents In Your House!

If you want to inhale fresh and pure air all the time, make sure to clean your AC vents from time to time. When you keep the ducts clean, the heating system takes a longer time. Moreover, air ducts contain various particles, dust, dirt, spider webs, and other things that cause allergic reactions. So, to keep yourself and your family safe from unexpected health issues, be careful from now on and keep your air vents clean. However, if you contact AC servicing, you will have to pay a lot of money. Why opt for a paid servicing when you can do it on your own without spending a dime? Yes, it’s possible. Here I have given some tips on How to Clean Air Vents In Your House. Check out the entire post and find the solutions.

Reduce Dust and Save Money!

Even if you don’t have an expensive high-powered, truck-mounted vacuum system, you can still clean your AC vents with ease. Well, the methods I am going to show you will be effective enough to clean your AC ducts but surely you won’t reach every nook and crook of your vents. These methods will help you remove at least 85% of the dust from your AC vents without spending extra money on a new vacuum system.

You will find lots of designs of the duct system in the market. Attic systems and underground systems are examples, but the method of cleaning these two is the same. Maybe reaching all the parts of these systems is not that easy, but that is not a big deal. You can effectively clean all those parts that you can reach and that would make a difference to the quality of the air around you. Even if you want to reach toward the register, you can but not on your own. Anyway, below I have given a few things you would require to clean your AC vent effectively like a pro.

  1. Furnace Filter: You must need a Furnace Filter at the end of the cleaning session so choose the right filter option.
  2. Vacuum: Find a household vacuum that you probably have in your house. Avoid the  “Shop Vac” which is a bit heavier.
  3. Brush: Find something that is similar to a toilet brush with soft bristles but stiff.
  4. Screwdriver or Hex Driver: You need to undo the register fasteners and for that, you need a Screwdriver or a Hex Driver.
  5. Paper Towels: You need a paper towel as well to cover some registers while you clean others.

So, go and get this stuff then we will talk about the ways to clean your AC vents effectively at home like a pro.

Tips to Clean Your Air Ducts

Before we get going with the cleaning process, we should look at these few tips to make the cleaning more effective.

  • You can use this process to clean cold air returns as well
  • This deep cleaning only needs to be done a couple of times in a year. You need to keep the ducts clean by lifting the register and vacuuming any dust or debris wherever you see them. You can even clean it on a monthly basis to make sure everything’s in place.
  • If you have a cat or dog who shed or kids who drop things on the floor registers, install vent register filters.
  • After cleaning your ducts, make sure to change your HVAC’s air filter

Now it is time to get into the cleaning business. Check out the following sections to find out how to clean your ducts and air vents properly.

Step 1- Cleaning the Duck

You can easily remove the floor registers but when it comes to the wall registers, you might have to unscrew them with a cordless drill. You should also start by covering up your supply air registers with paper towels. This will help prevent dust from entering into those areas. As you lift or remove the registers, apply a paper towel on top of it. Now remove the vent and wash it in a sink where hot water is flowing. Make sure the water is soapy to remove the dust. Wash it effectively and let air in to dry them out. If you have metal registers, you can easily clean them in a dishwasher. But if you have used paints on them, better wash them by hand.

Once you are done with the registers, place them aside and connect the dryer vent brush on the edge of your cordless drill. You need to attach them firmly before going to use it on the duct because the brush can get lost in your system if you leave it loose. Also, turn the fan on when you are in the cleaning process. Set the “fan-on” and turn off the  “heat/cool” mode so the only fan is running will be the thermostat. If your Ac does not come with the fan-only option, you can only turn on the heat. But in the future, you might want to install a thermostat for your own advantage.

Step 2- Start with the Process

Turn on your drill and let it whirl the brush inside your duct. When the drill is still running slowly, pull it back when the brush is cleaning the walls inside of the duct.   When you pull it off, make sure to turn it off when you find it reaching the final 2 feet. If you don’t turn it off at that time, the dust will be everywhere. Also, now it is time to check the filters. You need to ensure that your old furnace filter is in place so when you let loose of the dust, they won’t go back into the fan motor. Also, once you pull off the dryer vent brush from your duct, stick the vacuum cleaner with the dust brush into the duct. Again this time, make sure that the brush is attached completely. Now you can vacuum down the dust which you have dislodged and then you can give a quick vacuum to the vent brush and then move on to the next duct to clean it up too.

Step 3- Clean the Rest

Use a damp but not wet microfiber cloth and reach to the duct to clean the rest of the item. You will have to wash the cloth often because of the dust. You should also wipe the area around the AC vent to make sure there is no dirt or dust that would create a problem. 

So, these are very simple ways to clean your air vents. However, if you know any other solution, do not hesitate to mention them in the comment box below.

How to Get Permanent Marker Out of Clothes? 6 Tricks You Must Know!

Okay, so now it is a big problem for some. Your favorite white shirt now has black ink all over and now you are worried about how to get rid of it. Well, don’t be overwhelmed. We have solutions for you. Just a little slip-up of your black permanent marker does not mean your favorite piece of clothing is now a waste. There are a few common household products out there that will help you get rid of that marker stain from your shirt. Moreover, you don’t even have to wait for the household remedies to solve the problem for you. You can easily get rid of it as soon as you apply them to your stain.

Getting creative with your kid is good, but if you let that creativity into your favorite clothes, then that is alright. Don’t get upset because a black marker has ruined your shirt. Though we all know that a permanent marker is long-lasting and vibrant, with an easy how-to guide, you can get rid of that annoying stain on your t-shirt.

Removing Permanent Marker V/S Removing Plain Ink

When you write with regular ballpen, you will notice that the inks are water-based. They are only useful for writing on papers and they are permanent in that way. So, if you spill a little bit of normal ink on your white t-shirt, it won’t be a problem. With the right detergent, you can get rid of it. But when it comes to permanent marker, manufactures use solid oil-based or alcohol-based, it takes a little effort to remove that thing from your clothes. The oil and alcohol-based ink are also known as ‘carriers’ and that helps the ink to stick up to the surface so that it becomes hard to remove it. These ‘carriers’ are water-resistant; so no matter how many times you wash the shirt, it won’t remove the stain from it. And you cannot wash away the ink through the water along. Therefore, you need to use some extra helpful products along with water that will show you a noticeable and helpful result.

How Can I Remove Marker Stains?

The aim is to treat that permanent marker stains with some products that will help you separate the oils, alcohol, and ink, and will expose the colorants in the surface. So, it will allow you to treat the discolored area the same way you use on other ink or stains. Therefore, simply through washing by water, you can remove the rest of the color from your shirt. So, here we have listed a few products that will help you get the job done with ease.

Hairspray

People are using hairspray for a decade to remove permanent marker ink from clothing. You will find so many hairsprays in the market but the one high in alcohol will do the job. Many manufacturers have reduced the use of alcohol in hairsprays these days, but if you can find one, that will be the best. Alcohol-based hairsprays will help you get rid of permanent marker stains from polyester or poly-blend clothes.

Methylated Spirits and Rubbing Alcohol

If you are lucky enough to collect raw alcohol or Methylated Spirits found in a chemist or local DIY stores, then it will get the job done. You can also look out for alcohol-based antibacterial hand soaps or liquid hand wash that you will probably find in your house, that will be a good choice too.

Milk

Milk tastes good and is healthy. But did you know that you can use it on your white shirt to get rid of permanent ink? You can save a little bit of milk from your morning breakfast and apply that on your affected shirt in a specific process.

Skin

Be it leather, your couch skin, or even your own skin, it works brilliantly on the permanent marker. You just need to pour any of the ingredients mentioned before and run the affected area with the skin to remove the stain from your clothes. You can also use a nail-polish removal to remove inks that are water-resistant.

Leather

You maybe have a leather couch at home, or your favorite leather jacket maybe? It will help you as a permanent marker removal. You can use it with the aforementioned liquid and rub the area to remove the stain.

Walls

You can pour some rubbing alcohol or hairspray on a washcloth and try to rub that thing around the disaster and scrub it until the color is gone. You can also use sanitizer gel or nail polish remover if you are out of alcohol or hairspray.

Titbits for Permanent Marker Removal

Now that you know the ingredients you require to remove the marker stains from your shirt, here is the process of doing it. The methods don’t promise you to get a 100% result, but with the right techniques and product, you will get an effective result.

  • Always treat a permanent marker as fast as possible after the offense occurred. Even if you are a little late, don’t worry. It may take a little longer but will work anyway.
  • If the stain is a little wet, try to remove as much color as possible with a microfiber cloth. Don’t use a paper towel or that would leave tiny paper particles on the surface.
  • Do not wipe, just dab gently.
  • Pour your chosen product on the area and use leather or a towel to remove the stain. The ingredients will work fine on cotton and synthetic fibers but wool and silk will take extra care.
  • You need to leave the chosen solvent directly on the area for 15 minutes keep your windows and doors open to let air in.
  • You can put the cloth in your washing machine now and don’t put it above 30 degrees of temperature.
  • If some colors still remain, repeat the process again.

Sometimes due to hard luck, nothing removes colors from your garment. At that point, take your clothing to your local dry cleaner and they will help you out. If you have got some tips, don’t hesitate to share it with us. You are always welcomed to write in the below box.

How to Remove Ink from a Leather Couch, Jacket, or Purse?

We understand, how much it’s frustrating for you to see your favorite leather couch going in vain! No one wants a patch on any room decor, especially when it flaunts our sense of aesthetics. Now that you have spilled ink on your leather couch, or jacket, or purse, removing it is at the forefront of your work. Undoubtedly, spilling ink on our purse is more likely to happen as we carry around pens in them. No matter where you have found the ink stains, with the right solutions, you can get rid of the problem. Compared to all, inks on the leather couch is a difficult pill to swallow because they can be somewhat stubborn. When you get yourself in this type of situation, it will be best if you try to clean up the area as soon as possible. The longer you leave the stains in, the harder they will become to remove.

Ruining our furniture is something we adults wouldn’t try unless accidentally. So if your newly educated kid is discovering stuff by writing on your white sofa, don’t get frustrated. I know it is awful enough but enough is enough. As soon as you find out ball pen ink on your couch, use soapy water or rubbing alcohol to take care of the area.

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Materials and Tools to Use

Leather goods are expensive and need delicate care, that’s why when something like this occurs, we often end up shouting at our kids. Don’t overreact at it and instead, let’s find out what are the possible things that would help you get rid of that stain real quick.

  • Tissues
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton balls
  • Mild liquid dish soap
  • Soft washcloth

Now collect all this stuff and we will let you know a few things before we begin with the cleaning process. Read the following section and keep these points in mind before going with the rest of the process.

Prerequisites

You can use these remedies only on finished leather with a protective coating which will help in blocking the ink and won’t let it absorb completely. If your couch has no cover on or it is unfinished then it will deeply soak up the ink and to remove the stain, then you will require professional help. And to figure out whether your leather is finished or unfinished, drop a little water somewhere on the sofa where you wouldn’t sit and see if the water is rolling off or not. If the water rolls off your couch, then the leather is finished but if not, it is unfinished.

Also, you need to know what some ingredients determine how your leather will react to different cleaning methods. Incompatible ingredients and products can destroy your couch and you won’t be able to get rid of that damage easily. However, there are some safe ways to get rid of the stubborn ink stains from your couch.

Check out this link to make sure you are following the instructions correctly:

1- Use Your Hair Spray on the Stains

Believe me or not, hair spray has this special quality to remove many kinds of stubborn spots from leather things. Hair sprays come with this isopropyl alcohol that is also called simple rubbing alcohol. You can use this rubbing alcohol to remove the most stubborn stains from your leather furniture. However, manufacturers have reduced the isopropyl alcohol level from their products and that makes this product less effective than it was before.

You don’t have to search for rubbing alcohol in your house if you don’t have any. But your hair spray can do the trick. You can find the hair spray that comes with a higher alcohol level and you can clean your leather with it. However, before applying the alcohol directly on the ink spots, try to test the product by cleaning a little inconspicuous area on your sofa.

Spray the alcohol on the pen marks then and allow it to stay there for several minutes. After a few minutes, clean the alcohol with plain and cool water but make sure not to wet the surface. And after your cleaning is done, dry the place with a dry and soft cloth or paper towel. Moreover, if not link and other things like nail polish are spilled on your leather couch, you can apply this method to get rid of that stain.

2- You Can Apply Alcohol to the Stain

Alcohol is in many cases useful but you need to take care of the using methods as it can destroy your furniture very easily. As said before, you can try to remove ink from your leather couch with the help of rubbing alcohol (Isopropyl), or you can also use denatured alcohol, the one manufacturers use on nail polish removers. This method can be effective but if you think that it can damage your couch, don’t try it.  But you can start by applying the alcohol on a hidden spot before directly applying it to the stain.

You should apply the alcohol with a cotton ball and rub the product slightly on the ink spots. You will find the ink getting soaked up on the cotton ball, then the product is working. Also, don’t let the liquid linger too long on your leather couch after you apply the product.  When you rub the area with alcohol, make sure to blow a hairdryer on it to make sure it is okay.

3-Use Liquid Soap

Firstly, you can try to eliminate the ink color from your couch by applying a few drops of dishwasher soap. A mild liquid soap will work the best and you need to try to do test it first. Also, avoid using products with harsh chemicals and don’t scrub the area or some serious damages might occur. You should be gentle with the furniture as it is made of leather and could be very expensive for some people.

4-Home-Made Leather Cleaner

Sometimes home-made remedies are more effective than any manufactured product, that’s why you should check out what we got here. You can apply this method on the non-white leather couch but before that, make sure to do a patch test in a small area.

  • Some lemon juice
  • And some cream of tartar

Now you have to mix these two components into a paste and then apply that paste to the ink spots with a soft microfiber cloth. You need to apply the paste into the stain and let it sit there for a couple of hours. If the stain remains, you need to let it sit there for a few more hours to make it an effective remedy to your case. And then, you can clean the area with a little damp cloth and apply a leather conditioner on it ensures that the leather quality is controlled.

5- Home-Made White Leather Cleaner

White leather sofas tend to be more sensitive to harmful ingredients and to get rid of the odd-looking ink spot on your white leather, you can use this cleaner. However, I would always recommend you to do a patch test before you apply it all over to your ink stains on the white couch.

  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

You need to prepare a spray bottle and mix the ingredients there and then spray the mixture on the affected area and leave it there for 5 minutes or so. Before wiping it off, make sure you applied the spray in the right places. You should find this remedy effective against the ink on your white leather couch.

6-Use a Manufactured Leather Cleaning Product

If these home remedies don’t help you remove ink from your leather couch, you can try manufactured leather cleaners if that help. They might be costly but I can guarantee you that they will not damage your leather quality. But you can try out the home cleaning solutions always after testing them on a small area before trying them directly on the ink stains. Here are the benefits of manufactured cleaning products:

  • They are tested and are safe to use for leather cleaning purpose
  • Those products may work better on hard stains
  • You don’t need to mix or measure anything to apply them on your ink spots

To remove ink stains from your leather couch, use Magic Eraser or Melamine foam but if it does not work, you can try to remove the ink from your leather with liquid cleaners. No matter what commercial product you use, always try to read their instructions before applying them to your furniture.

7-Take the Couch to a Dry Cleaner

If all these home-made remedies and products are useless to you, you can contact a professional who will help you get rid of the ink stains on your couch. Dry cleaners have more solutions to help you get rid of the ink stains from your leather furniture. So, do research on the local dry cleaner stores or ask your friends or family members to help you out with the solutions. Also, make sure to inform the professionals regarding any special care (if any) regarding your furniture.

So, these are the easiest and safest ways to Remove Ink from a Leather Couch. But if you have any other special suggestions, let us know them too in the comment box below.