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How to Get Ink Out of Your Dryer

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For just about any household owner, having a dryer is essential. These make it much easier to get your clothes ready to be worn during the colder months when you cannot hang your washing outside. And for those who lack the space outside, such as those who live in an apartment, then having a dryer is a very useful investment.

However, as you might have found out, it is not hard to get your dryer dirty. All it takes is one mistake – such as leaving a pen in your pocket – and you could open up your dryer to an almighty mess. Wondering how to get ink out of dryer spots? Then you simply need to follow this guide.

This is a common issue and one that can make a ridiculous mess of your property. If you want to find an easy way to make sure your dryer is not ruined or damaged, then this guide will help you get the ink out of the dryer in a timely manner.

Heat Up the Dryer

The first thing that you need to do if you want to make sure you can clean out that dryer properly is to heat the thing up. Start running an empty cycle so that the dryer and its drum will heat up accordingly. This should be done for about 20 minutes, if not longer. This should make the ink appear visibly softer – now, you should be able to wipe down the drum and get rid of as much of the ink as is possible.

For more serious ink stains, this might not be enough for you to get the whole thing cleaned out. Keep that in mind, then, because you might need to go down a more serious cleaning route.

Cleaning Out the Drum

If the drum is not able to be wiped clean with a cloth after heating, then you should probably focus on a few other solutions. A good starting place for many people would be to use some acetone. Even if you have some nail polish remover, that could do the drink. Simply get a soft cloth and put the nail polish remover/acetone source onto the cloth.

Now, start thoroughly rubbing down the entire part of the drum that has been affected. Be sure to look into any areas that look like they might be stained. It might be a good idea to get a static torch or a headlight so that you can properly shine a light on each part of the drum to verify that it is clean.

Be Sure to Check the Paddles

In the case of ink exploding in your dryer, many focus only the drum. However, you should also be sure to check the paddles of your dryer as ink can become stuck here and do some pretty hefty damage. You should therefore take the time to check the paddles and make sure that they are clean as well. the paddles are what moves the actual items within the dryer, so it is important they are kept ink-free.

These should be wiped down with a rubbing alcohol and sponge combination that should remove all of the ink that is left present. Afterward, be sure to keep an eye on your dryer during sessions to ensure that no ink that was built up elsewhere has not slipped down during the dryer becoming warmer.

Need Something Stronger?

Then you should think about using some bleach. Take a few old towels and saturate them in a bleach and water mixture. Then, place them into the dryer and put the dryer on a hot spin. This should help the bleached and the water to run around the place and get into all of the spots that it needs to properly clean and disinfect the entire dryer.

In fact, this is something you should do on a semi-regular basis. The conditions of a dryer are ripe for things like bacterial growth and mould, so making sure you clean it out on a regular basis with this simple cleaning wash is always a good idea.

Run Some Old Towels

Now that you have cleaned the drum out and you think you have gotten rid of all of the excess ink, get some old towels. Run these in the dryer and see if they come out stained or not. It is better to do this with old, dried out towels that you can risk being ‘ruined’ as opposed to having to go down the route of trying out proper attire that you wish to keep wearing.

This is a simple way to quickly and easily work out if the towels are going to be able to be used again or if you need to think about a replacement in the near future. If the towels come out a mess, then you clearly have some more ink to get rid of within your dryer!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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