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How to Get Pen Ink Out of Carpet

Updated July 20, 2017

Removing ink stains from a carpet may appear to be a grim task best left to professional carpet cleaners. But the problem isn't as serious as it seems. With some ingeniuty and elbow grease, an unsightly ink spot can be lifted using a few household products and a clean, white sock.

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  1. Spray spot with a commercial soil/stain remover such as Soilove or Spot Shot.

  2. Wait 15 minutes.

  3. Blot with a white sock or clean white cloth.

  4. Spray the ink stain with dishwashing detergent solution ( mix 1 tsp of dishwashing detergent like Ivory Liquid with 1/2 cup water).

  5. Blot with a clean white sock.

  6. Spray with an ammonia solution (1 tsp of ammonia mixed with 1/2 water).

  7. Blot with a clean, white sock.

  8. Spray with a vinegar solution (1/4 cup white vinegar with 1/4 cup water)

  9. Blot with a clean, white sock.

  10. Spray the stain with water.

  11. Blot with a clean, white sock.

  12. Tip

    Treat the stain as soon as possible.

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Things You'll Need

  • Commercial stain remover
  • White socks
  • Small bucket
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tsp dishwashing liquid
  • 1 tsp ammonia

About the Author

Virginia Olson

Virginia Olson has been a freelance writer since 1993. She has contributed to the "Sioux Falls Argus Leader," and her work has appeared in various online publications. Olson also publishes her own sports magazine, "South Dakota Sports." She holds a Master of Arts in educational administration from the University of Nebraska, Omaha, and a journalism endorsement from South Dakota State University.

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