How to Remove Ink Stains Out of Carpeting

Written by april dowling
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How to Remove Ink Stains Out of Carpeting
Ink stains can ruin the appearance of carpeting. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Accidents can occur when ink transfers or leaks onto carpeting. Ink stains can cause beautiful carpeting to appear dingy and neglected. Dark-hued inks are especially apparent on light carpeting. Ink stains become more difficult to remove the longer they remain on carpeting. Dry ink stains are often harder to remove than fresh ink stains. Promptly treat affected carpeting to prevent the ink stains from becoming permanent.

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Things you need

  • Dry-cleaning solvent
  • 2 non-dyed cotton cloths
  • Plastic bowl
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 tbsp liquid dish soap
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • Household sponge
  • Cold water
  • Plush towel

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  1. 1

    Apply dry-cleaning solvent to a non-dyed cotton cloth. Follow the manufacturer's instructions on the solvent's label.

  2. 2

    Blot the stained carpet with the cloth until the solvent is absorbed. Always blot with a clean section of the cloth to prevent reapplying ink to the carpet.

  3. 3

    Inspect the carpet for remaining ink. If the ink stain remains, fill a plastic bowl with 2 cups of warm water, 1 tbsp of liquid dish soap and 1 tbsp of white vinegar. Thoroughly mix the solution.

  4. 4

    Dampen another non-dyed cotton cloth in the soapy vinegar solution. Blot the carpet with the moistened cloth until the ink stain is completely removed.

  5. 5

    Moisten a clean household sponge with cold water. Blot the carpet with the wet sponge to wash out the soapy vinegar solution.

  6. 6

    Blot the carpet with a plush towel until thoroughly dry. Repeat the steps if any ink remains on the carpet.

Tips and warnings

  • You can substitute heavy-duty detergent for the liquid dish soap if the ink stain is stubborn. Test the heavy-duty detergent on a small hidden area first.
  • Test the dry-cleaning solvent and soapy vinegar solution on an inconspicuous area of the carpet to ensure no discolouration occurs.

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