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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

How To: Remove Ballpoint Pen From Furniture

K is only 18 months old but I think we've entered the terrible twos early. Not that he is terrible. I'm really quite enjoying this stage (most of the time). It's exciting for me to watch his personality come out and to see him learning and developing at such a rapid rate. On the other hand, K watches EVERYTHING and then tries to copy it. It's a lot of work and a lot of frustration but I'm grateful for the new blog content!

Today S was on the computer and was suppose to be watching him as I took a shower. I rarely get to shower uninterrupted or without K, so I was taking a long time enjoying the "me" time. When I got out of the shower I got myself dressed and then I heard this weird sound coming out of the bathroom. S thought K was with me and I thought he was with him. Needless to say, K had went into the bathroom, got a hold of the hand soap and was washing his face. He was washing his face just like daddy does but had gotten soap everywhere, including his poor little eyes. He didn't know what to do so he just kept on rubbing and saying "Ow! Ow!".

Then this afternoon S went to his soccer game and I was in the kitchen putting the groceries away. K went oddly silent so I came out of the kitchen to check. And this is what I found:
Not only had he drawn all over himself with a ballpoint pen, but my couch also showcased his art work as well. It was hard to be mad because he kept saying "pretty, prettys" and was so proud of himself. But...trying to get ballpoint pen out of your furniture if a massive pain in the butt. As is trying to find places to put things like pens when he finds a way to get into everything. I'm also pretty sure my clever and very cheeky monkey is "hiding" things for later.

So, in case you are wondering how to get ballpoint pen out of fabric here is how:

1. Lay the stained area on top of a clean dry white towel. Apply rubbing alcohol to the ink stain and blot with another clean white cloth, removing the stain as you blot. Rinse thoroughly.
2. Lay the stained area on top of a clean white towel and apply nail polish remover to the stain. Then blot with another clean white cloth removing the stain. Rinse thoroughly.
3. Apply your normal laundry detergent onto the ink stain and allow the garment to sit for 3-5 minutes. Wash in the warmest water that the fabric can tolerate.
4. Hang to dry.

Hopefully you won't have to use this tip though! I'm off to search the rest of the house for other "hiding" places...Hah! Wish me luck! :)
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3 comments:

  1. Awww, I totally understand that age! My little guy is 22 months. As soon as I get one thing babyproofed, he finds something new to get into!

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  2. Cute story! I also discovered that hairspray works great against ink, especially on leather and on walls!

    Good luck with your 'treasure hunt' dear!

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  3. Our two's started at 20 mos. But, luckily it was over by the time they turned 2! Hooray! Cute little guy. Ditto what Ania said, hairspray on ballpoint pen lifts it up.

    Glad you got the pen out.
    Brittany
    http://www.prettyhandygirl.com

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