Ink stains are one of the most difficult stains to get out of carpets and fibrous materials in general, while it is good to hope for the best results, keep your expectations realistic, because there is always a chance that you might not be able to get it out on your own.
Use a professional cleaning service if you are not getting the desired results or if you feel like this beyond your ability.
Using WD-40 and water to remove ink stains from your carpet
Ink is a dye so you need to act as soon as possible, letting the stain dry is the worst thing you can do, this renders it almost impossible to extract, so be cautious when dealing such stains. The first thing you need to do is apply a solvent, in this case it would be WD-40, a well known and widely available degreasing and rust removing spray you can find in any hardware store. It also acts as a lubricant, this wide range of chemical usefulness allows it to react with the ink stain and start dissolving it immediately.
- Spray WD-40 on lightly – if it starts to dissolve, apply more generously.
- Wait for 15 minutes – it will start dissolving it and you will literally see it start bleeding ink.
- Try and contain the spray to just the spot.
- Blot the stain with a damp towel – this draws some of the ink into the towel. Use a dry rag on the spot and blot out as much as you can.
- Use a hand washing dish detergent that does not contain any bleach – add 1 tablespoon to 1 liter of water or use the ratio of 1:30 respectively.
- Apply the mixture onto the stain with a sponge – allow it to sit on the lubricant, this should get both the spray and the ink stain out.
- Dab and blot out until dry with a dry towel
You can repeat the process to fully extract the stain, the lubricant is not corrosive and it will simply act as a barrier between the stain and the fibers of the carpet, lifting it up and allowing for easier extraction.
Using window cleaning supplies
It’s surprising to know that window cleaning supplies can also help with stain removal, this one is pretty straight forwards. Using the misting mode of the bottle the window cleaner comes in, spray the spot generously, allow it to sit for 15 minutes then dab and blot the area with a paper towel or a white cotton cloth. The more absorbent your towel is the better, its preferred that they are natural fibers, as natural fibers have small capillaries that can carry the moisture out of the carpet and in to the towel a lot quicker.
Use a white towel to see how much of the ink stain is transferring and continue the process until the stain is gone. Then blot, don’t rub, or you will agitate the tips of the carpet and end up with a weird, unevenly clean spit on the carpet.
Don’t take chances with other chemicals, if the stain isn’t coming out call a professional and get it removed by a specialist, they know what to do.