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Removing Ink Stains on Carpet

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A room with light colored carpet.
Getting ink stains out of carpet without damaging the carpet itself can seem daunting. This is a guide about removing ink stains on carpet.


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By 5 found this helpful
August 10, 2010

Salt works impressively on ink stains on carpet. If the ink is still wet immediately cover it with salt. Allow the salt to sit overnight then vacuum the area. The salt will absorb the ink. If the ink is already dry, wet it thoroughly before trying the salt treatment. Salt also works on other stains like Kool-Aid or juice.

By fossil1955 from Cortez, CO

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By 2 found this helpful
March 22, 2011

My dog chewed up a blue Biro and spread ink all over my brand new tan coloured carpet. Can anyone help with how I can remove it?

By Linda from Perth, Australia

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March 23, 20110 found this helpful

Take a vinegar and add some water, then with a clean cloth. Spray in the area where the stain. Don't scrub with the cloth just gently remove the excess of the ink or anything that is in the carpet.

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April 3, 20110 found this helpful

My beautiful black labrador puppy decided he would grab a blue ballpoint pen and chew it until there was no more, we found huge spots of blue ink in our lovely beige cream carpet mind you we are renting! It was sitting there the whole day until we saw it this afternoon. I tried all these remedies you have going but the thing that works the best is a bowl of warm soapy *detergent* water a sponge and a vaccuum cleaner.

Drizzle some water on the stain work it into the stain with your pointer fingers and youll see the colouring in the water then vaccuum it up with the vaccuum pushed to the ground and then keep doing this until you see the stain almost gone then use some spot stain remover from your local grocery store. After you've vaccuumed it up just use a towel and pat the damp outside parts.

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May 15, 20120 found this helpful

after readin all the ways folks remove ink from carpets I feel lucky to have had a friend help me. First ball point pens aren't usually permanent ink and by itself use hairspray. You spray let dry a minute or so and with a paper towel or clean soft absorbent cloth lightly scrub then respray till all gone.

This works. I carried an old printer home on my car carpet and it leaked a lot of in on it. Did this and you couldn't even see a mark of it left. If you have permanent ink and do it right away it will work too.

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January 13, 20170 found this helpful

it worked!

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July 22, 20130 found this helpful

I got blue ink in my carpet. We put bleach and salt on the spot. Will the bleach take the color out of the carpet?

By Lara

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July 23, 20130 found this helpful

Oh no! you should have used hair spray on the ink spot. If that doesnt work get a product from The Dollar Tree called Totally Awesome. This stuff is unreal for getting out everything. It is a spray that is yellow in color. Hope this helps.

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August 13, 20130 found this helpful

Try using Genesis 950. It is an all purpose stain remover that was initially designed for ink removal in industrial/commercial work places.

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April 20, 20150 found this helpful

I have an old ink stain from a printer on my tan carpet. Tried taking it out a year ago. It was red. Anyway the chemicals made the stain pink and were there is no ink it made the carpet white. Can the product Totally to still take this out for me? The white part I'm sure is damaged, but the pink is what I want to fix.But if you also know how to fix the discoloration of white, that would be most helpful and if so how do I apply it? I'm moving in a couple days and need my deposit back. This unfortunately is my loss. Anyone help me please.

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By 0 found this helpful
April 4, 2016

My grand-daughter was cleaning the stamp every time she used it on a damp paper towel. However the paper towel bled through onto my carpet. Any ideas on how to I remove the stain?

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June 19, 20160 found this helpful

How do I get rid of red ink stains on my carpet that leaked out of my printer as it was being carried to another room?

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August 21, 20160 found this helpful

1 tsp dawn dishwashers detergent , 3-4 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide with a couple teaspoons of baking soda shud take it rt out

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September 2, 20110 found this helpful

I have just found blue ink on my beige stair carpet. I am wondering what is the best way to remove the ink?

By Renee from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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September 19, 20111 found this helpful


Try hairspray on the ink. I got red ink out of white carpet with it. Hairspray contains Acetone which will break down the ink so that you can blot it up with a rag. You have to work quick before the hairspray dries. I use Finalnet or something in a plastic spray bottle that you can remove the pump and pour it on. Once the ink is out, use some warm soapy water to pull the stickey stuff out. Good Luck!

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June 16, 20160 found this helpful

I just tried this and it worked. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

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By 0 found this helpful
May 7, 2011

How do you get blue ink out of light color carpet?

By Brucey

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June 6, 20110 found this helpful

Saturate the ink stain with hair spray. Then allow the stain to fully dry. Mix a solution of one part water to one part white vinegar and pour the solution on the stain. Then brush the area lightly with a medium-bristle brush, preferably a toothbrush. Continue brushing until the stain is gone. Next, blot the area with a dry, white cloth. Flood the area with water. Blot again. Allow to dry.

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By 0 found this helpful
December 7, 2010

How can I get tattoo ink out of my beige carpet? I had the whole apartment professionally shampooed, but they did not remove the ink stain. Please help me.

By Kaiti from Appleton, WI

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December 8, 20100 found this helpful

I don't know if any of these ideas will work on carpet for any or all colors but they are worth a try. Be sure to do color fastness test for each idea in an inconspicuous place first:

http://www.ehow  e-black-ink.html

And how in the world did you get tattoo ink on your carpet?

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By 0 found this helpful
August 22, 2013

How do you get red ink out of a cream carpet?

By Jane M.

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May 12, 20120 found this helpful

When I watered the poinsettias plant, it was overfilled. The red ink color was soaked in to a cream color carpet. How do I get rid of stain?

By Lynn

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March 22, 20110 found this helpful

Cartridge ink leaked onto nylon carpet. It was a small mark, but when I treated it with white vinegar it spread to a huge spot as big as a dinner plate. I have treated it a number of times and soaked up with paper towel and chamois, but it is still there. It is now a bluish colour on a beige carpet.

By Nicole from Australia NSW


Removing Ink Stains from Carpet

I'm not sure if it will still work seeing you have used vinegar, but spray with hairspray, cover with a cloth and iron the ink spot and the cloth will soak up the ink, works with Biro as well. (07/02/2010)

By Cheekes

Removing Ink Stains from Carpet

I use hair spray on all ink stains and shoe polish stains, if the hairspray doesn't work try hydrogen peroxide. Of course since peroxide is a bleaching agent I would check it in an area that isn't very visible, to see if the carpet fiber itself will be bleached by this. (07/03/2010)

By Cleo1978

Removing Ink Stains from Carpet

I do a little tattooing from home. My 3 year old son got hold of some ink and squirted it all over my new light tan carpet, at first I panicked and went to it with hot soapy water (bad idea) the ink just smudged and got worse. Since reading the previous comment, I've tried hair spray removing most of the stain, followed by nail varnish remover, and a little of the good old Smirnoff vodka, the stain has not totally gone, but has been reduced to a very light hue. I will continue to try different methods to totally remove the light hue left and report back. Thanks to all for the previous comments.
P.S. Don't let the stain dry. (01/31/2011)

By tregaa

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December 7, 20100 found this helpful

I have a huge tattoo ink stain on my beige carpet. I tried Shout and alcohol but, they didn't work. The stain is all different colors. Any ideas? Please help. I want to try to get it gone before Thanksgiving.

By Nicole


Tattoo Ink Stains

Sorry I didn't see your problem till now. I can only recommend Resolve. It is what my ex used to clean stains out of the carpet my kids made. I don't know if it will work on ink.

And I just remembered a TV ad about some kind of cleaner "with the added strength of Resolve" but unfortunately the name eludes me. Maybe someone can help. (11/27/2009)

By Suntydt

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July 1, 20100 found this helpful

I have an ink stain on my carpet. The carpet is tannish brownish.

By RJOU from Los Angeles, CA


Removing Ink Stains from Carpet

I got on this site because of a pet/ink pen emergency on white carpet. I used Oxiclean powder with water and it is now spotless. About an hour and 7 white bath towels, now ruined, later. The key is to keep adding solution to the blotted spot like you are starting over each time, and blotting almost dry and then repeat. Near the end, the towels were barely picking up color so then I started to flush with plain water. Soak carpet with solution and blot, don't rub. You have to be patient, of course I was panicked for the first 15 minutes, but then I could see I was starting to win the game. The carpet is literally spotless. I started with two quarter sized spots of black ink from a Uniball pen. The process took me an hour and it is a good workout. Good luck! (06/23/2010)

By dleigh217

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March 10, 20100 found this helpful

Can someone help me? I left a color cartridge (printer) on the end table in my spare room and my grand daughter got it, she's 1. She dropped it on the floor. It was leaking blue ink and left this mess. What can I do to remove it? The carpet is linen in color, a real light tan, sort of.

By Mary from Phoenix, AZ

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December 24, 20090 found this helpful

How do I get ink out of carpeting?

By Gloria from Milwaukee, WI


Removing Ink Stains From Carpet

I don't know exactly, but there is a product called Incredible and I buy it at my local Kroger grocery store in Houston, Texas USA. It got eyeliner pencil out of almost white carpeting in a condo I was renting. I sweated that one out, I can tell you.

The only other thing I can think of, and I'd try it in a tiny part of your carpet first, is aerosol hairspray. It gets out ink from clothing I know that. Maybe you have a leftover piece of your carpet from after it was installed and you can test the hairspray on that piece.

I have no more tricks up my sleeve, sorry, but good luck. (10/23/2009)

By metroplex

Removing Ink Stains From Carpet

Hairspray! Works every time. Soak the stain with hair spray. Blot, but do not rub. This has worked hundreds of times with getting ink out of beige carpet to jeans. (10/24/2009)

By beaglepete

Removing Ink Stains From Carpet

Printer cartridge (cyan color) leaked two drops over the beige carpet. Out of desperation I magnified 2 drops to 8x2 inches by rubbing with wet paper towel. Thanks for the tips here. I used Oxiclean, first dabbed the stained area with Oxiclean mixed with water (1 tea spoon of Oxiclean with 6 or 8 oz of water). With just 4 swipes my carpet is spotless (don't reuse wiped off paper towel). (11/03/2009)

By Sam2006

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November 26, 20090 found this helpful

How to clean tattoo ink out of clothes?

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October 23, 20090 found this helpful

How to remove ink from your carpet?

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August 6, 20070 found this helpful

If anyone has a suggestion for me to clean ink from my carpet, I tried but it has smeared into several spots. The carpet is peach colored with blue ink spots.

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