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How Can I Remove Ball-Point Ink From Pink Rubber Boots?

by Kimberly Johnson, studioD

An accidental drop of a ink pen and your favorite pink, rubber boots now have a glaring blue stripe that’s not part of the design. Instead of relegating the boots to the status of work clothes, try a few unconventional cleaning approaches to get the stain out. The good news is that rubber is fairly durable and can really take a scrubbing. Always test a small area of the boots for colorfastness so your pink kicks don’t fade to white.

Spread a layer of newspaper on a flat surface and lay the boots on top.

Pour 1 to 2 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol onto a white cloth. Avoid using colored cloths as the color may transfer onto the surface of your boots as you clean them.

Look at the boots and locate an area that is the same color as the ink-stained area but in an inconspicuous location. Good locations are the bottom of the boot or near the heel.

Dab the cloth soaked with alcohol on a tiny portion of the boot and let it sit for five minutes. Examine the area for discoloration and if none exists, proceed with the stain removal process.

Pour another 1 to 2 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol onto the cloth to redampen it.

Place the cloth over the ink stain and let it sit for 20 to 30 seconds.

Wipe the boot gently with the cloth, avoiding harsh rubbing.

Lift the cloth up and turn it to a section that is not ink stained. Apply more alcohol and continue wiping the ink stain until it no longer remains.

Dampen a cloth with water and 1/2 teaspoon of a gentle liquid soap.

Wipe all surfaces of the boot thoroughly with the cloth to remove the alcohol residue.

Dry the boot with a clean towel.

Items you will need
  •  Newspaper
  •  Rubbing alcohol
  •  White cloth
  •  Liquid soap
  •  Hairspray (optional)


  • Always remove the ink stain as soon as possible after it occurs for best results.
  • Instead of using rubbing alcohol, try saturating the ink stain with hairspray and wiping it off before it dries.

About the Author

Kimberly Johnson is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in various online publications including eHow, Suite101 and Examiner. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and began writing professionally in 2001.

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