Quick Tip: Cleaning Ballpoint Pen Off a Saarinen Table

Quick Tip: Cleaning Ballpoint Pen Off a Saarinen Table

I confess: I have no picture, so you'll just have to trust me. Sunday morning, as my husband and I were cleaning up brunch dishes, we looked up to see our toddler scribbling all over our Tulip table with a black ballpoint pen. Large, exuberant, inky swirls. Luckily we got it out with one unexpected product…

all-natural laundry stain remover. Laminate Saarinen tables — and most other laminate furniture — are fairly delicate. You can't just go after them with gritty cleaners or scrub brushes. When we bought the table years ago, the store recommended we clean it only with glass cleaner. In the past few years, I've been cleaning it with my homemade cleaning solution.

Neither of these were any use against the pen ink. So I thought about what else was in the house and decided to give enzymatic stain remover a try. Luckily my hunch was right. It took about 4 applications and I had to let it sit for almost 10 minutes the last time but it worked. I just applied it and wiped it off with a microfiber cloth. No more ballpoint and no scratches (from this incident, anyhow)!

Images: Sarah Coffey, Kathleen Luttschyn

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