How to Get Ink Out of a Wool Carpet

Updated February 21, 2017

Wool is a natural fibre found in clothes, blankets and carpet. When a wool carpet is ink stained, immediate action is needed to keep the stain from spreading. Ink stains require blotting action with solvents that break down the ink and release it from the carpet fibres. Attacking ink stains as soon as they occur offers the best chance of completely removing the stain.

Blot the ink quickly with a white paper towel, removing as much of the stain as possible.

Mix 1 teaspoon grease-cutting dish soap with 1 cup warm water. Moisten a sponge with this cleaning solution. Blot the ink stain gently with the sponge to lift the ink from the carpet.

Stir together 1 teaspoon ammonia and 1/2 cup warm water and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Spray the ammonia mixture onto the remaining ink stain. Blot the area with a white paper towel.

Pour 1/4 cup white vinegar and 1/4 cup water into a spray bottle. Spray the ink stain with the vinegar solution. Dab the solution and ink with a white paper towel.

Reapply the liquid dish soap solution to the remaining ink stain with a paper towel. Blot the area with a white paper towel until the stain is removed completely.

Spray cool water on the affected area of the carpet and blot with a clean rag to remove soap residue.


Never rub on the stain, as it only pushes it further into the carpet.

Things You'll Need

  • White paper towels
  • Grease-cutting dish soap
  • Sponge
  • Ammonia
  • Spray bottles
  • White vinegar
  • Clean rags
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