Wednesday, January 26, 2011

How to clean water-based inks from carpet

Everyone has come across a leaking pen once in their life, whether it be during school, university or work. The good news is that these stains can be removed. The first thing you need to identify is which kind of ink has leaked. Is it a water-based ink or oil-based with alcohol? Ball-point pen ink uses a synthetic colourant and an alcohol solvent in an oil based paste. Fountain pen ink is water based.

Since they are different types of ink this blog is going to focus on water-based ink and you can find the ballpoint pen ink stain removal steps on the Carpet Cleaning Tip with Dave homepage or click here.

When it comes to ink stains always remember that a wet ink stain is much easier to remove than when it has set into your carpet.

To clean water-based ink from carpet:

  1. Cover the stain with cold water, keep it moist and do not allow it to dry.
  2. Use blotting paper to blot out as much as the ink as possible. Use gentle pressure as hard pushing will move the ink into the carpet even further.
  3. If the paper has soaked up ink but you feel more can be removed, repeat the process using fresh absorbent toweling.
  4. Now spray the stained area with an all-purpose carpet spotter. Test an inconspicuous area of the carpet first as some fibres may be damaged by the cleaning solution.
  5. Repeat the process until the stain is removed.
  6. If ever in doubt, consult a professional dry cleaner.

Dave's Tip:
If you are unable to treat the stain right away, keep it moist by applying water to it so that it does not dry. 

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