How to Remove Ink Stains

It is a known that ink stains can wreck havoc on fabrics and carpets, and even result in destruction without recourse. However with technology and much trial and error, there are better ways to rid ink carpet stains. With quick reflexes and a few handy household products that nasty ink stain will be removed from your carpet.

How to remove ball point ink stains from carpet

  1. Spray the stain with hairspray and blot with a towel.  Do not scrub the stain; instead, just press gently with the towel.
  2. Repeat step 1 as many times as necessary until the stain disappears.
  3. After the area has dried, brush the carpet with a small brush and vacuum to remove any hairspray residue.

How to remove permanent ink stains from carpet

Be aware that some permanent markers really do create permanent stains.  However, the following steps can greatly lighten the appearance of ink stains, and in some cases, even make them disappear.

  1. Apply rubbing alcohol to the stain. Hairspray will also work if rubbing alcohol is unavailable.
  2. Blot, don’t scrub, the stain with a towel.
  3. Repeat steps 1-2 as necessary.  You may even try alternating alcohol with hairspray.
  4. Once the stain is gone, remove the remaining alcohol by pressing a wet towel against the area.

How to remove water-based ink stains from carpet

  1. Dilute 1 tsp dishwashing liquid (such as Dawn) with lukewarm water.
  2. Apply the mixture to the stain using a towel using a pressing motion.  Don’t scrub.
  3. Repeat steps 1-2 until stain is removed.