How to Clean Ink Stains from your Carpet
When talking about printer maintenance. At least from what I have written in the past few months, the advice has been to always have either paper towels, newspaper on a cloth ready and at hand when inserting the ink cartridge so you won’t have any accidents.
But what if you did all that and it just happened to slip from your hands and fall where there is not protection and you know that will happen. Another misfortune could be a leaky ink cartridge. So what we have are some tips and ideas with items found at most homes. Be ready to say good bye to the stains.
Items (you could use them together or separate):
Rubbing Alcohol, Oxi Clean, Dry Cloth, Toothbrush or Medium Brush
- Tip 1 - Always attack the stain immediately and head on. Make sure you DO NOT rub the rag over the ink spot; this will only push it deeper into the carpet fibers!
- Tip 2 - Make a solution of Oxi clean with Alcohol; I mix about 1/2 scoop Oxi clean with really warm water and a couple tablespoon 91% rubbing alcohol, used a toothbrush for scrubbing and the stain goes away just like magic. Brush from the outer edges of the stain inward to prevent the stain from spreading.
- Tip 3 - Another way out is to use is a mixture of hydrogen peroxide. A solution of 3 percent can be used to get rid of stains on your carpets. After you apply the peroxide, leave it to soak for 1 ½ hours at least. After the wait, get a paper towel or clothe that is wet and use it to daub the ink stain. You can keep repeating the steps until the ink has finally been removed.
- Tip 4 - Finally, dry the area quickly. There may still be some ink hiding deep in the fibers. Quick drying prevents this remaining ink from wicking up to the surface of the carpet where it can become visible again. Paper towels work well to get the moisture out, and a fan left blowing on the area will complete the process.
- Tip 5 – Last tip. Always test the cleaning solutions on an inconspicuous part of the carpet before using on a large area. Use a white cloth rather than a colored one to prevent any dyes from coming off on the carpet.
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