How to Remove Ink Stains from Carpet
By Steve Gillman
You can remove many ink stains from carpet using rubbing alcohol.
It will work better if it is 90% isopropyl alcohol, but you can
try the ones that are 70% if that's what's available. In either
case, ink will come out much more easily if you catch the spill
and treat it shortly after it happens.
First of all, don't pour rubbing alcohol on your carpet. Apply
it to a white cotton cloth and dab the stain carefully, so you
don't spread the ink. Suck it out after a few minutes using a
shop-vac, or, if you use a cloth, blot carefully. Don't rub!
Repeat the process until you remove the stains from the carpet,
or until you get no more transfer to the cloth. In the latter
case it may not be possible to remove the stain completely, although
you can try a commercial cleaning solvent.
Always Rinse and Extract Carpet Stains
When you remove ink from carpet, or any other stains, using
a solvent other than water, be sure to rinse the area and extract
the water. Again, vacuuming out the water is quicker, and less
likely to damage your carpet, but you can use a clean white cloth
to blot the moisture out also. Rinse, extract, repeat.
Finally, dry the area quickly. There may still be some ink
hiding deep in the fibers. Quick drying prevents this remaining
ink from wicking up to he surface of the carpet where it can
become visible again. Paper towels work well to get the moisture
out, and a fan left blowing on the area will complete the process.
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