There are many types of stains that can ruin your carpet. But one of the worse ones out there has probably got to be ink stains. We use pens and markers all the time in and around the house for various reasons and sometimes accidents will occur and the ink can end up on your carpet. This can be a real nightmare for carpet owners as ink stains can really be a pain in the neck to remove.
If you are facing this situation, don’t give up in frustration just yet. Ink stains can be removed if you have the proper tools and techniques. Here are the steps that you will need in order to get that ink stain out of your carpet.
- To start things off, you need to act quickly. The faster you react and begin the cleaning process the higher your rate of success. Quickly gather the materials that you will use in cleaning the mess. These items will include a few clean cloths or towels, water, a spray bottle, and some rubbing alcohol. Once you have these items you can begin cleaning the stain.
- Using a clean cloth or towel, try to absorb as much of the ink as possible. Dab or blot the ink stain until you no longer see any transfer onto the cloth. You want to also switch to a clean portion of the cloth each time a side gets too soiled. Remember to never rub at the stained area. All this will do is push the ink further into your carpet.
- Once you have removed all the excess ink that you can, your next step will be to apply the rubbing alcohol. Pour some of the alcohol inside the spray bottle so that you can control the amount of alcohol you want to spray on the stain. Apply a small amount of the alcohol onto the ink spot. Just use a little at a time. You can always add more later. Then, use a clean cloth or towel to blot the area, just as before. You will see that the ink will be transferring to the cloth. Repeat this step until all of the stain is removed.
- If the stain is not yet removed after several tries, you may have to use a commercial cleaning agent. Use the same process as in the previous step by spraying the soiled area and blotting it using a clean cloth.
- After removing the stain, rinse the area with clean water. This will help remove any excess residue that may build up in your carpet. Finally, dry the carpet completely.
Ink stains no longer need to be a cause of frustration for carpet owners. If you experience an ink spill on your carpet, just follow these simple steps. If your efforts do not result in the stain being removed make sure to call a professional carpet cleaner to come take a look at it.