How to Remove Ink From a Tile Floor

Ink stains can occur when a pen accidentally breaks or your little artist gets creative on your tile flooring. Ink creates difficult to remove stains that will not budge when cleaned with typical commercial cleaners. Fortunately, some household tricks may be able to remove those ink stains and restore the look of your tiles. If the first ink removal method does not remove the stain, try a second method.

Apply isopropyl alcohol to a soft cloth. Rub the ink stain from the tile. Add more alcohol to the cloth if needed.

Continue rubbing until the stain is gone. If the stain remains, move on to Step 3.

Apply either white spirit or turpentine to a clean cloth. Rub the stain with the cloth until the ink stain disappears.

Clean the tiles with a sponge saturated with warm, soapy water.

Alternatively, rub shortening on the ink stain and wipe clean with a damp cloth.

Clean the stone tile with an approved stone soap and water. Blot the stone tile when cleaning; do not wipe. Blot the tile dry with a towel.

Dampen the ink stain with distilled water.

Fill a small container with 1 cup of all-purpose flour. Add methylene chloride to the flour 1 tsp at a time until a paste with the consistency of peanut butter forms. Methylene chloride is a paint remover and must be used with extreme care and caution.

Spread the paste over the ink stain. Make sure to overlap the paste about 1/4 inch from the ink stain. Cover the stain with cling film and place tape around the edges to secure the plastic. Let the paste sit on the tiles for 12 to 24 hours. Continue once the paste is completely dry.

Remove the plastic from the stone tiles. Scrape the paste off the tiles with a plastic spatula and wipe clean with a damp cloth.

Spray the ink stain with a disinfectant household cleaner. Scrub the stain with a dry cloth. Continue until the ink stain disappears.

Apply white toothpaste to the ink stain. Rub the toothpaste into the stain with an old toothbrush or scrub brush. Continue scrubbing until the stain is gone. Wipe the toothpaste residue away with a damp cloth.

Spray a water-displacing spray (such as WD-40) onto the stain. Allow it to soak into the stain for 10 minutes. Scrub the stain with a cloth. Add more water-displacing spray if needed. Continue scrubbing until stain disappears. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.

Things You'll Need

  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Soft cloths
  • White spirit or turpentine
  • Sponge
  • Water
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Shortening
  • Approved stone cleaner
  • Towel
  • Distilled water
  • Small container
  • All-purpose flour
  • Methylene chloride
  • Cling film
  • Tape
  • Plastic spatula
  • Disinfectant household cleaner
  • White toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Water-displacing spray
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About the Author

Amanda Flanigan began writing professionally in 2007. Flanigan has written for various publications, including WV Living and American Craft Council, and has published several eBooks on craft and garden-related subjects. Flanigan completed two writing courses at Pierpont Community and Technical College.