Remove Ink Stains from Carpet
Like all other stains, you must hurry to make your best attempts to remove the ink stain immediately, before the stain sets into your carpet. Ink stains may be either water based or permanent. Permanent ink stains may be a bit difficult to remove from carpet. Water based ink stains are fairly easy to remove though. Here’s how to completely remove either stain…
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Remove Water Based Ink Stains
If you are faced with a water based ink stain first blot whatever ink residue you can absorb. Do not scrub the carpet. You will only dig the ink stain deeper into the carpet fibers. Next simply mix a teaspoon of dish washing detergent with a cup of water. Lightly douse the ink stain. Using a white terry cloth to lightly blot the ink stain from your carpet. It is important not to use a scrub brush. A scrub brush will only distort the carpet fibers and dig the ink stain deeper into the carpet filaments, making removal close to impossible.
Remove Permanent Ink Stains
Please note that permanent ink stains can be very difficult to remove from your carpet using domestic cleaning products. If you find that the ink stain is permanent and does not respond to water based cleaning methods, you next option is to use rubbing alcohol on your carpet. Be sure to first test the rubbing alcohol on an inconspicuous area prior to using it on your carpet. Add the rubbing alcohol to a white terry cloth and slowly blot the ink stain and check for ink transfer. If you see an ink transfer, continue to blot your carpet until the ink stain is completely gone or there is no more ink transfer.
At the point where there is no ink transfer onto the terry cloth, nail polish remover works wonderfully. First, completely rinse your carpet with water and blot dry. Apply a small amount of nail polish remover onto your terry cloth and, just like the rubbing alcohol, blot the ink stain until there is no more ink transfer.
Bleach - When All Else Fails…
If all else fails, mild bleaching techniques are very successful to remove ink stains from carpet. DO NOT use Clorox bleach on your carpet. Nylon and wool carpet will completely dissolve in sodium hydrochloride (Clorox) and olefin carpet may be stripped of its color. I’m talking about 3% peroxide. We all have it in our bathroom cabinet. Peroxide is an oxidizer. It will not remove the ink stain from your carpet but it will make it unseen to the eye. Pour a conservative amount of peroxide onto the ink stain, place a damp white terry cloth over the carpet and wait a full 24 hours. This last ink stain home remedy should do the trick over 90% of the time.
As a professional new york carpet cleaning technician., I used this method of ink stain removal for the first five years of my career and it works great. If for any reason you are unable to remove the ink stain from your carpet using these methods hire a professional nyc carpet cleaning company to remove it for you. He or she will use slightly more aggressive cleaning techniques to remove the ink stain.