How to Remove Ink on a Photo

By Leonardo R. Grabkowski

Things Needed

  • Towel
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton ball(s)
Remove ink from your favorite photo.

There's nothing worse than spilling something on your favorite photo--especially ink. Many believe photos are ruined after ink is spilled on them, but in many cases all or most of the ink stain will come off. You have several options to help you remove ink on a photo.

Place the photo on a flat workspace over a cloth or towel.

Dab a small amount of rubbing alcohol onto the cotton ball.

Rub the ink spot in a circular motion. Turn the cotton ball over frequently while rubbing.

Repeat the process as many times as needed to remove all of the ink.

Tip

Many photo shops sell photo and film cleaner, such as Pro-Line film cleaner. If the rubbing alcohol does not remove the ink stain, consider purchasing some. See the resources or visit your local photo shop.

Some photo lab technicians have successfully used a small amount of hair spray to remove ink from a photo. If neither the rubbing alcohol or photo cleaner are successful, this method may be worth trying.

For a small ink spot, you can also use cotton swabs.

Warning

Do not attempt to remove an ink spot from a photo printed from a home computer. Most of these prints are not waterproof; the alcohol will smear the photo.

References

About the Author

Leonardo R. Grabkowski has been writing professionally for more than four years. Grabkowski attended college in Oregon. He builds websites on the side and has a slight obsession with Drupal, Joomla and Wordpress.