How to Remove Correction Fluid From the Carpet

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How to Remove Correction Fluid From the Carpet
Blot your rug to remove fresh correction fluid. (Paul Tearle/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Available in a variety of colours, correction fluid is a liquid substance that covers mistakes and other markings on printed documents. The substance dries quickly; readily accepts ballpoint, typewriter and other types of ink; and it stains surfaces including carpeting if it dries. When removing correction fluid from carpet, it is important to act quickly and use a cleaning solution that will not only remove the substance but will not damage the carpet's fibres.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 3 white absorbent cloth, towel or paper towels
  • Spoon or cardboard
  • Spot removal solution

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  1. 1

    Blot the correction fluid spill with a white absorbent cloth or towel; or blot the spill with 2 to 3 paper towels if the spill is fresh. Do not wipe or rub the spill, this will spread the correction fluid.

    If the correction fluid is already dry, skip to step 3.

  2. 2

    Remove any remaining liquid correction fluid from the carpet by scraping the substance with a spoon or piece of cardboard onto a cloth, towel or paper towels.

  3. 3

    Apply 2 tbsp of a spot removal solution to the outer area of the correction fluid stain. Blot from the edge of the stain inward with a clean, white, absorbent cloth or towel or two to three paper towels to completely cover the correction fluid with the solution. Let the solution stand on the stain for 5 minutes.

  4. 4

    Fold the cloth or towel in half or use two to three new paper towels and blot the stain until it is gone from the carpet.

  5. 5

    Wet a clean, white absorbent cloth or towel or two to three paper towels with cold water from a sink. Wring out excess water and blot the area where the correction fluid was with the damp cloth, towel or paper towels.

  6. 6

    Blot the damp area dry with a clean, white absorbent cloth, towel, or two to three paper towels.

  7. 7

    Repeat steps 3 through 6 after two days to remove any remaining correction fluid residue.

Tips and warnings

  • If the correction fluid spill or stain is large, work in sections to remove the spill and residue.

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