When you find that ink has spilled onto your carpet, it can be dreadful. You know how difficult ink can be to get out, and panic will start to set in. Have no fear, there are some methods that are quite successful when it comes to removing ink spills from carpet. Heart of Texas Chem-Dry LLC is here to share our best tips to help you remove both oil and water-based ink stains from your carpet.
How to Successfully Remove Dry Ink Stains from Carpet
If you have found ink on your carpet, it can be one of two different types of ink, oil or water based. The way that you deal with either of these types of ink stains will be different, so it is important to know what you’re dealing with in the first place. Oil-based ink stains usually come from ballpoint ink pens. Water-based ink stains are usually rollerball pens and washable markers. Water-based ink stains are going to be much easier to remove than an oil-based stain will be. It is important to know what is needed to remove both.
What Removes Oil-Based Ink Stains from Carpet?
The best way to remove oil-based ink stains from your carpet is actually using lacquer hair spray. The chemicals that are found in the hair spray will soften the ink and get it ready for removal.
– Gather 1-2 cans of lacquer hair spray depending on the size of the ink stain. Spray the hair spray generously on the stain.
– Using a white, clean washcloth, gently blot away the ink stain. Be careful not to rub it as this will push the stain deeper into the carpet fibers.
– Repeat this process until you don’t see the stain any longer and then let it dry.
– Once it is completely dry, you can brush the carpet fibers with a toothbrush and then vacuum the area.
How Do You Get Water-Based Ink Stains Out of Carpet?
You can use supplies that are likely found in your home already when removing water-based ink stains.
– Fill a large bowl with lukewarm water and add 1 teaspoon of liquid dishwashing soap. There is no particular type of dishwashing soap that will work better than another, just use whatever you have in your kitchen.
– Using a clean cloth, saturate it with the liquid and start to blot the stain away.
– Repeat as often as you need to until you see the ink stain transfer to the cloth.
– Allow ample time for the area to dry and then vacuum.
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If you have an ink stain on your carpet that simply won’t go away no matter how hard you try, you can turn to Heart of Texas Chem-Dry to get rid of it for you. We have the equipment and experience needed to successfully remove even the toughest stains from your carpet, leaving them looking like new again. Call us today!