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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  • 5/12/2010 4:05 AM Carpet tiles wrote:
    This is great! Martha would be proud! Oxyclean is an amazing product. I mix it with something called Nature's Miracle for pet stains, with good results. And as you say, don't rub it in.
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    Is hydrogen peroxide safe to use on colored rugs? Won't it bleach?
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    Thanks for the tips! I try to avoid having a printer anywhere carpeted but sometimes you just can't help it. Ink stains like hell, and it's really hard to take off when you don't know what you're doing. Well now next time I won't have to call in professionals!
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  • 7/21/2012 1:00 AM carpet odor treatment draper wrote:

    Before you attempt to remove that awful stain on your carpet, stop and think, what made that stain? Having this information will help you to remove the stain from your carpet instead of just making a bigger mess.

    Thinking back you remember now that it occurred last night while entertaining some friends. It's best to learn exactly what will work on that type of spot before trying to remove it from your carpet. Different things work on different spots and you need to be sure that what you use will remove it as it should.

    Going about taking the spot out in the wrong way will only make things worse or even set the spot in your carpet forever. I've seen many customers make a real problem of a spot before they finally give up and ask me to remove it. I always hate having to tell these people that the spot will never come out because they tried so hard.
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  • 7/21/2012 10:55 PM carpet odor treatment provo wrote:
    Most carpet cleaners are wary about ink spots or stains. Many of them have experienced limited success in removing them from carpet. Ink stains are particularly difficult to deal with when found on light colored high density plush pile carpets.

    One of the peculiar characteristics of ink spots, is the ease with which it spreads in the carpet after an initial application of a solvent. That is why extra care must be taken to avoid rubbing the stain. Blotting, or extraction with a wet vac is the recommended method for its removal.
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  • 7/1/2013 11:07 AM WaltCulver wrote:
    We used a simplified version of Tip 2 for an inkjet black spot on a cream colored carpet the day after the spotting, and it worked immediately!

    We used the simpler approach of a solution of liquid Oxi Clean (as bought in a spray bottle), regular 70% strength rubbing alcohol, and no extra water -- applied with a toothbrush.
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    1. 7/1/2013 12:36 PM Karla Arostegui - Content Mgr. wrote:
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  • 4/9/2014 6:34 PM Thankful Beth wrote:
    I used straight hydrogen peroxide after I had blotted up the surface of the 7x7 blue, red and black stain that MY DOG LEFT after he tore into/ate my whole NEW box of pixma color cartridges(KA-CHING!)...I kept dabbing lightly with hydro peroxide and immediately dabbing with paper towels (went through 2 rolls) and like a miracle, the stain is almost ALL gone (and worked really well with Qtips for spot treatment everywhere else on the carpet from his paws!)You saved me from replacing a $3K rug - I really appreciate your help!
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