How to Remove Sublimation Ink From Mugs

There is nothing more annoying than having a nice cup of coffee or tea ruined by a bit of unwanted residue.

The worst part is that you can not just wipe the mess away because most surfaces react with ink differently.

Some spots may come off quickly, but others will not budge at all, and you will need to throw your mug out or try and scrub them clean.

Here are a few tips on how to prevent this from happening to you again.

How to Remove Sublimation Ink From Mugs

How to Remove Sublimation Ink From Mugs

Here are the two methods you can use to remove sublimation ink from mugs;

Dishwasher Method

If you want to remove the sublimation ink, you can use a dishwasher. This is one of two ways in which you can do this.

The first way is to wash it using cold water. After you have cleaned it, you need to let it dry for a few days. The other way is to put the items into a microwave.

After removing the sublimation ink from your clothes and accessories, they will be ready to wear again.

But you may ruin your clothing if you do not know how to remove the ink. So, it would help if you always took the time to learn more about the removal process before doing anything.

Use Rubbing Alcohol or Nail Polish Remover

To remove sublimation ink, use rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover. These solvents can be purchased at most grocery stores and drugstores. 

You can use any solvent at home if you don’t have either of these products. You can also use acetone, which can be found at paint stores.

Before applying the solvent:

  1. Use a damp cloth to clean the mug.
  2. Make sure that the mug is completely dry before proceeding. If rubbing alcohol, be careful not to breathe in the fumes.
  3. Wear gloves and safety glasses to protect your hands and eyes.

Rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover will help remove ink from your mug. Just rub the surface of the mug with the solvent. You can repeat the process until the ink has been removed. If you have a large amount of ink, you may want to start with a small amount of rubbing alcohol and gradually work up to the total amount.


We want to clarify that the solution we shared with you in this post is not for everyone.

This is not something that should be done lightly or without considering your mugs’ health.

In some cases, you may be able to use a heat gun to heat the mug, but we don’t recommend this.

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