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biro on lino

Discussion in 'General DIY' started by doyley103, 14 Mar 2006.

  1. doyley103

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    can anyone help me to get rid of biro from a kitchen lino. :D
     
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    I'd do a bit better if I knew what "Biro" is. (Haven't got a clue, actually.)

    Did the "Biro" stain the linoleum so that you can't wipe the Biro off with a damp sponge?

    Do you expect that bleach straight out of the jug would remove the Biro?
     
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    biro = ball point pen ;)
     
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    As previously stilted ... Biro is a common term for a ballpoint pen
    ;)
     
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    And here I thought Biro was something you drank. (Musta been thinking "beer-o")

    Inks will often have an alcohol base so they dry quickly, and that's why hair spray (which is also alcohol based so it dries quickly) will often remove ink from clothing. Try spraying it with hair spray and wiping it off. If that doesn't work, I'd try some other solvents like white spirits (paint thinner) and isopropyl alcohol if you have any handy.

    Nail polish remover often consists mostly of just acetone in a bottle, and acetone would also be worth a try. I've found that acetone causes some of the linoleums I have in my bathrooms to swell up, but doesn't seem to affect others at all. Those that swell up seem to shrink back down again and don't show any permanent damage from the acetone that I can see. So, if the hair spray and white spirits don't take it off, try wiping the mark off with a bit of toilet paper dampened with nail polish remover. Maybe test in an inconspicuous spot, first, tho.
     
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