Whatever method you choose to get ink on your carpet, you’ll want to get rid of the stain as soon as possible. The most efficient cleaning process is determined mostly by the type of ink (water-based, permanent, and so on), the size of the stain, and the substance of your carpet – wool being a particularly delicate example.
The good news is that with the appropriate knowledge and a little elbow grease, cleaning ink from your carpet can be a simple and painless process. Try some of these effective methods for cleaning ink from carpet fibres.
When dealing with an ink stain, the most essential thing to remember is to avoid distributing it outwards: blot or rub in little motions to contain the stain to the already-affected region.
How to Remove Ink Stains with Detergent: Water-Based Inks
To cure stains on your carpet, use specialised carpet cleaning products – just follow the advice on the package and try it in a small area first. When it comes to cleaning ink from your carpet, laundry detergent – particularly water-based ink – might be your best friend. Follow these three simple measures to keep your carpet smooth and smelling good.
- Fill a dish halfway with warm water.
Fill a basin halfway with warm water; water-based inks may be easily cleaned with water.
- Laundry detergent should be added.
Mix with a teaspoon of detergent (such as Persil).
- Wipe away the stain
Dab the affected area with the solution until the stain disappears — and there you have it!
Permanent inks may be removed from carpet fibres with ammonia.
Again, you may use a carpet cleaning product to remove these stains; simply follow the guidelines and test in a small area first. Permanent ink stains from marker pens might be more difficult to remove. Try this cleaning solution that mixes detergent and ammonia for twice the cleaning power.
Half-fill a spray bottle with water.
Half-fill a spray bottle with warm water.
- 1 tablespoon of ammonia
Ammonia is commonly available in the supermarket’s laundry area.
- 2. Spray from afar and blot with a moist towel
Spray the stain from around 20cm away to avoid destroying the pile, then wipe with a moist towel.
- 3. Use the previous approach.
Finally, repeat the three processes outlined above for water-based inks to remove any harsh ammonia residue, and dry the area with a clean cloth.
To prevent pushing the ink further into the pile of your carpet, lightly dab the stain rather than scrubbing it. For more delicate wool carpets, use half a tablespoon of ammonia and fill the spray container halfway with water.
How to Remove Ink Stains – The Do-It-Yourself Method
Though current washing detergents are indisputable champions at removing ink from carpet fibres, homemade solutions can be useful when dealing with particularly tenacious ink splodges. Before attacking the ink stain, read the directions on the back of any new product and try it on an inconspicuous patch of carpet. Also, check your carpet label for manufacturer’s guidelines and recommendations.
- White vinegar, distilled
Fill a spray bottle halfway with water and half with distilled white vinegar. Rinse with warm, soapy water after dabbing the discoloured area. Add a couple of drops of concentrated lavender water or lemon to your carpet to make it smell as lovely as it looks.
- Using rubbing alcohol
Allow rubbing alcohol to soak completely onto a cotton wool ball. Allow for five minutes after gently dabbing the stained area. Finally, rinse the area with warm water and pat dry with a clean cotton towel.
Ink stains may appear frightening, but they don’t have to be tough to remove. Read our post for additional information on how to remove ink out of clothing!