8 Ways to Remove Ink Stains from a Canvas Bag (Part 1)

Canvas bags are fashionable, ultra-functional bags constructed of heavy-duty fabric. However, no matter how much we take care of our bags, accidents still happen. One such accident is spilling substances on your canvas bag that can stain. This type of mishap is common and actually difficult to avoid. 

While this mishap is common and difficult to avoid, all hope is not lost because you can still remove ink stains from your beloved canvas bag.


You can remove ink stains from a canvas bag by using these eight effective methods, four of which we will discuss in Part 1 of this article:


  • Corn Starch

    This is one of the most popular and effective methods of removing ink from a canvas bag. This substance is naturally abrasive but not damaging as other cleaning agents.


    Aside from being an effective remedy against ink stains on your canvas bag, corn starch is readily available in your local supermarket. Just make sure that you choose cornstarch with no additives sold in a bag or box. The one packaged in a bottle will have additives and chemicals, which can damage the fabric.


  • Nail Polish Remover

    This is another substance that is commonly found in households. Even if you have not used it on your nails, you should have some of it around the house if you have a canvas bag.

    It has a solvent that can easily remove ink stains. Just put some of the substance on a clean rag and then rub the rag over the stain until it disappears.


  • Baking Soda

    Baking soda is a substance that is most commonly used in the kitchen, but it can also be used to remove ink stains from a canvas bag. The main ingredient in baking soda is sodium bicarbonate. The chemical has a strong alkaline property that is safe to use on clothing.


    The best way to utilise baking soda is by sprinkling baking soda on a stain and then brushing it gently with a soft bristle brush. If you have a large area that needs to be cleaned, you can put a cup or two baking sodas in a large bowl. Then you can put your stained bag in the bowl and allow the baking soda to do the rest of the work.

  • Ammonia

    If you do not have nail polish remover in your house, you can use ammonia instead. Many people use this substance to clean the bathroom or to clean the floor, so you probably have this at home. 


    Put 10% ammonia in a bowl, and dip a rag in the liquid and rub it gently on the stain. The more you rub it, the better the result. 




    It is better to clean ink stains quickly before it sets into the material of your bag. Take note that you have to avoid scrubbing the canvas harshly because it can damage the material. In the Part 2 of this article, we will discuss other ways to effectively remove ink stains from your canvas bag.


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