The condition of your carpet can really make a lasting impression on the overall appearance of your home. In many ways, carpets can add to the design of a room as well as serving its primary function. Taking the proper time to fully maintain your carpet is key to extending its life. And that maintenance includes removing stains as they occur.
Carpet Care 2000 would like to offer some ink stain removal tips for your carpet and sofa upholstery.
Ink stains can be extremely stubborn and difficult to remove. With that in mind, we included a few methods on trying to remove the ink blemish off your carpet. If after attempting these methods the stain remains, hiring a professional might need to be considered.
Method #1 – How to Remove Ink Stains from Carpet with Rubbing Alcohol
1. As soon as possible, reach for a clean cloth or cotton swab, and apply alcohol to your weapon of choice. A cloth is better as you have more room to work with. Using a corner at a time, gently blot up the stain. DO NOT SCRUB, doing so will only push the stain in. If necessary, use clean areas of the cloth and repeat the blotting procedure.
2. Be sure you are comfortable as this method takes time and patience. Alcohol cold take up to 30 minutes to eat away at the ink stain. Continue blotting the stain with an alcohol treated cloth.
3. After the 30 minutes, rinse the tarnished area using 1/4 cup of white vinegar, and 1 quart of warm water. Sponge on the mixture with a clean cloth, and continue blotting.
4. If the stain has successfully been lifted, spray the area down with a spray bottle and clear water. Be sure to use a towel to dry the area as much as you can.
5. If stain persists, apply shaving cream onto the ink and allow it to set 15 minutes. After the 15 minutes is up, scoop up the remnants. Rinse with the vinegar and water solution, and then rinse with plain water.
6. Be sure the area is now thoroughly dried. Once dried, vacuum the spot to relax the carpet fibers.
Method #2 – Uisng WD-40 to Remove Stains from Carpet
1. Apply your WD-40 lubricant onto the ink stain and allow it to set for 15 minutes after you have blotted the bulk of the ink with a white paper towel.
2. Combine 1/2 tsp with liquid dish soap into a liter of warm water. Sponge the mixture onto the area using the blotting technique.
3. Remove the soapy residue with plain water. Spray clear water onto the area and blot with a clean cloth.
4. Towel dry the once stained carpet. Air dry the remaining moisture and vacuum once drying has been completed.
Method #3 – How to Remove Ink Stains from Carpet with Cleaning Detergent, Vinegar & Ammonia Cocktail
1. Combine the following: 1 cup warm water and 1 tsp liquid dish soap. Using a spray bottle, generously apply mixture, but do not over wet the carpet.
2. Blot the stain with a clean, white cloth.
3. Now mix together 1/2 cup warm water with 1 TBS of ammonia. Spray the next layer onto the ink stain. Again be liberal but do not soak the area. Blot the stain with another clean, white cloth.
4. Now create the vinegar solution by mixing together equal parts warm water and white vinegar. Apply cleanser and blot the remaining stain.
5. Re-apply the detergent solution to wash away the vinegar and ammonia. Be sure to again merely blot at the moisture.
6. Rinse with clean, pure water and blot up the remain remnants.
7. Place a dry towel down, and set down some kind of weight on top. Allow to dry over night. Once dried, vacuum the carpet to relax and loosen the fibers.
Note: Always conduct a patch test in an inconspicuous area to ensure any detergent or remedy you are utilizing will not compromise the condition or color of your carpet.