How to Remove Printer Ink From Paper

By Anthony Markesino

Marks made by White-Out and similar products are always visible, and make for unprofessional-looking documents. It is often preferable to blot and scrape documents, which can often remove most if not all of the ink. These techniques only work on documents produced by ink jet printers. Laser printers use slightly different chemicals that can only be removed through scraping techniques. Not all documents can be treated in this fashion, and success depends highly on the quality of the paper used. The thicker the paper, the easier it will be to remove errors.

Things You'll Need

  • Cotton swabs
  • Razor blade

Step 1

Lay the document on a flat surface. Dab the ink you want to remove with a cotton swab to soak up any excess ink.

Step 2

Scrape in a downward motion using the razor blade (toward the bottom of the document). The blade should be held at approximately a 45 degree angle with the blade facing you. Do not scrape too hard or apply direct pressure, or you will damage the paper. Wipe away the ink residue with the cotton swabs.

Step 3

Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the document has been successfully treated. Often it is better to get most of it then risk damaging the paper by overtreating it with this process.

Tips & Warnings

  • Scrape paper in only one direction. Otherwise you will quickly degrade the paper and cause a rip.You will have the most success immediately after printing. The longer you wait, the deeper the ink will be absorbed into the paper. With some cheaper paper types, it will soak all the way through. If you see blotting on the rear of the document, this technique will not work sufficiently and you are better off reprinting your document or covering it with liquid paper.