How To Remove An Ink Stain From Carpet

There are a lot of ways that ink can end up on your carpet and the quicker you start removing it, the better. To remove the ink stain, you need to know which method is best for the type of ink that has been spilt. The size of the stain and the material of your carpet will also play a role.


The Types Of Ink Stains

Three primary types of ink will cause a stain on your carpets. They are water-based ink, permanent ink and ballpoint ink. Each type of ink stain will need a different removal method. This is why you need to know the type of ink and carpet surface you are working on before you start cleaning.

Removing Ballpoint Ink Stains

If you’ve spilled ballpoint ink on your carpet, these are the steps that you need to follow –

  1. You will need a can of hair spray
  2. Get an inexpensive one which has higher alcohol content.
  3. Apply the hairspray directly to the ink stain
  4. Start blotting the stain up with a clean towel or cloth.
  5. You should never scrub or rub the stain. Continue blotting until the ink disappears.
  6. The areas should then be allowed to dry before you hand-brush the area and vacuum it.

Removing Permanent Ink Stains

This type of stain comes from gel pens and sharpies / textas.

  1. Spray the stain with rubbing alcohol to moisten it
  2. You should not rub the stain and blot it instead
  3. Continue lightly blotting the stain as the ink transfers from the carpet to the towel.
  4. When the area is clear of the ink, you need to dab the area with a towel
  5. The towel should be moistened with lukewarm water.

If this does not work, you can try the hairspray method used for ballpoint ink stains. Of course, the permanent nature of this ink can result in these removal methods reducing the appearance of the stain and not removing it.

Removing Water-Based Ink Stains

Washable and white board markers and roller ball ink will cause these stains. This type of stain is the most easiest to remove out of all the types of ink.

  1. teaspoon of dishwashing liquid in some lukewarm water
  2. Spray the mixture directly onto the ink stain
  3. Blot the stain with a clean towel or cloth
  4. This should be repeated until the stain is gone

 Stubborn Ink Stains Which Can’t Be Removed Easily

There will be times when you have stubborn stains which can’t be completely removed using the above methods, this is especially the case if the ink has been allowed to dry before using the above menthods. According to Darius Milocevic from Simpo Cleaning Services in Sydney, a commercial carpet stain remover such as Actichem PIG will remove the most stubborn ink stains from carpet. Here is a video of them using it on the carpets of one of their clients –
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