How to clean Ink stains out of carpet.
Cleaning ink out of carpet is very difficult depending on the type of ink. The three most common inks we see spilled on carpeting are water soluble and permanent ink,nail polish and dyes.
Water soluble ink
Water soluble ink as the name suggests can be removed with laundry detergent dissolved in warm water. Mix in a cup or bowl and dip a white towel or rag into the solution and apply to the ink stain blotting and wiping until the ink is removed. Large amounts of ink will slowly fade so repeat this step until the ink is gone, remember not to scrub aggressively as this will distort and damage the carpet fiber leaving a noticeably worn area.
Permanent ink is not as ominous as it sounds a number of markers and ink pens can be removed with the above stated cleaning methods on carpet, using laundry detergent and hot water can eliminate many of these stains. Some permanent inks are just that “permanent” so cleaning will lighten the area up but not remove the ink entirely, red inks fall into this stubborn category. You can also apply rubbing alcohol with a dry cloth to help break up and lighten the stubborn ink stains but the only way to remove them 100% is to sometimes go ahead and cut in a patch with extra carpeting. Many try harsh solvents to dissolve the ink, Carpet Rescue does not recommend this. Strong solvents can dissolve the latex backing, which holds the carpeting together, or melting the face fiber thus damaging the area permanently. Your only choice is a repair if that happens.
Dyes and polish
This category is the one people hate to hear the most, Dyes especially red food dyes that are in every kids soda, juice and Kool aid glass are never coming out. In our 40 + years in business we have tried every over the counter and wholesale product imaginable. We start with a red stain and it lightens to a pink stain. Same with yellow, orange and purple stains. We can remove food based dyes but chemical dyes that are edible are different and permanent. Some colors such as blue and green dyes can be cleaned to a degree so that they are hardly noticeable. On dark colored carpets cleaning the stains with rubbing alcohol and then a solution of hot water and laundry detergent can lighten the stain enough as not to be noticed. Again clean with a wiping and blotting motion, do not vigorously rub, after cleaning rinse the area with warm water and a white towel to remove any residue. Hair dye…..call Carpet Rescue for a repair that is the only way to remove these stains.
Again people try using nail polish remover or strong solvents on nail polish spilled on the carpet, use caution! Nail polish remover can damage the backing so do not pour it on the area put it on a towel and apply it to the surface of the carpeting in a blotting and wiping motion( this will ruin the towel by transferring polish onto the towel so use an old one). This will work on small amounts that are on the surface of the fiber, not large soaked in spills. Carpet is porous and will suck up liquid like a candle wick, you may clean the surface stain but the stain embedded in the fiber cannot be removed as easily. Adding enough solvent to soak in and dissolve the stain will spread it out, making a bigger lighter stained area and damage the backing . Hopefully these tips will help you or at least help you not make a bigger mess than when you started.