Dear Home Ec 101:
The other day, I set a wet a receipt on the bathroom counter to dry. (The cat has gotten a bunch of things wet.) It was one of those older fashioned ones with purple ink. The next morning, I discovered I’d put it ink side down and now had a nice copy of the receipt on the countertop.
I first tried Basic H, something my Mom used when I was a kid. Although my bottle is probably 20 years old now so that might have been a problem. Between that and just putting a wet rag on it for 24 hours, it’s a bit lighter. Unless you know it’s a receipt, you probably wouldn’t guess. I also tried a Magic Eraser, having read in other posts some of the amazing things it can clean up. It didn’t seem to affect it at all however.
I’m wondering if you have any other ideas for me?
~I said I wanted a copy of the receipt, but this is ridiculous!
I have been in your shoes before. I would first try blotting with rubbing alcohol. While alcohol is great for removing fresh ink, I have had limited success with dry. This is when we pull out our old pal Bar Keepers Friend®. Of course you will want to test this in an inconspicuous area. Make a paste and spread it over the stain, give it a few minutes to work before wiping with a damp rag. Use a back and forth motion to rub out the mark, you may need to use some elbow grease. In my experience there are few stains that this product won’t fix.
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