Getting ink stains out of carpet without damaging the carpet itself can seem daunting. This is a guide about removing ink stains on carpet.
By Ron 181
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
By Linda 1
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
May 15, 2012
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.
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?
April 20, 2015
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 Awesome...work 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.
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
September 19, 2011
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!
By brucey 1
How do you get blue ink out of light color carpet?
June 6, 2011
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.
By Kaiti 1
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
December 8, 2010
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:
And how in the world did you get tattoo ink on your carpet?
By Jane M. 1
How do you get red ink out of a cream carpet?
By Jane M.
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?
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. My 13 month old puppy had fun playing with an ink pen the other day! HELP!
Angie from Michigan
Caution: If your carpet manufacturer has a website or toll free number, be sure to research what advice they might have. Different solutions may not work on different type of carpet. It is always good to pretest any solution on a carpet remnant.
My dog chewed up a black ink pen on my cream carpet. I was devastated. My 11 year old niece could not understand why I was so upset. I explained I'd already had her ruin one carpet with ink.
She proceeded to tell me not to worry just mix white vinegar and baking soda and blot the stain. Every bit of it came up. (Don't put a lot of baking soda or it will erupt in the container like a volcano. Use about a 1/2 cup vinegar and 2 or 3 tablespoons soda.)
By Dianna (01/21/2005)
This absolutely works!! I have beige carpet, a dog and a blue ink pen, and every bit of it came up! Thanks for the great tip!! (02/05/2005)
OK, i mixed the 2 and a half tablespoons of baking soda with a half cup of distilled white vinegar and this did not work for me at all. (02/05/2005)
This worked like magic for me. I too have a beige carpet a black lab and a blue pen. Everything is back to it's normal hue now....well the pen is gone :-) (02/17/2005)
OK, here's the deal. My fiance tattoos so i get a lot of ink in my carpet and I found at Walmart this stuff in the paint section called Oops. Not only does it remove the ink it is also good for sharpie stain on furniture and wont dis-color fabric (03/20/2005)
This works on 95 percent of ink stains. Take hairspray and spray a little at a time on the carpet. Have a white cloth, reg cotton , ready and press the cloth into the carpet to act as a sponge. Do not rub and spread it . Spray and press over and over. It works on clothes and most things. It will not discolor anything. Then clean with reg carpet cleaner. Never saturate your carpet. It only makes the stain go deeper as will to much cleaner make dirt into mud below. Hopefully it won't have that much dirt but you get my drift. :) (07/25/2005)
This is similar to the hairspray trick but won't leave you with the stickyness, just use regular rubbing alcohol. It's the ingredient in hairspray that dissolves the ink. I would also recommend using a carpet cleaner. I have a Bissell Little Green Clean Machine that's great for little spills and in between deep cleaning. It's also great for cars and boats!
Good Luck to you! Rebekah (08/18/2005)
I had the exact same thing happen with a black perm. marker. As long as the stain has not been treated by other chemicals repeatedly, this process should work. Take a white cotton bar cloth, ammonia and a heated iron. Wet the bar cloth with the ammonia and place on stain. Take the iron and iron over the bar towel. You will see the stain actually being lifted up into the towel! I was amazed. My mother's advice actually worked! This is a very smelly job and suggest having the windows open or a fan going strong. (08/22/2005)
I used the rubbing alcohol and it worked GREAT. I had NO clean WHITE cloth though so I used a roll of tissue, it left little tissue balls but those can easily be removed with a vacuum or broom. I had to SOAK the stain in alcohol because it was a HUGE blue ink pen stain (my puppy chewed a brand new pen full of ink and the whole thing leaked in about 3 places) so I poured the alcohol directly on the stains and you could actually see the alcohol dissolving the ink. then I blotted it with the tissue and wow...the entire area is clean. it still has a blue hue, but BARELY visible (you have to be looking for it to see it) so I'm going to keep cleaning it as best I can. (12/18/2005)
I got printer ink on my cream carpet, and was told to use metholated spirits and then blot with a mixture of water, dish detergent and white vinegar. That totally did not work. Can I now try anther method or have i stuffed it up by using method? also, is printer ink different from pen ink or can I use the same methods ? (02/14/2006)
I have a light brown carpet and my 6 month old puppy chewed up a black ink pen. My mother-in-law suggested rubbing alcohol and it's working better than anything else that we have tried. (02/17/2006)
Wow, thank you so much! The rubbing alcohol removed not only a fresh inks tain from my carpet (my puppy chewed up a brand new ink-gel pen!) but also old ones I hadn't been able to scrub out. This is amazing, and wonderful, since I'm moving out of my apt. in just three days!
By Mary Jane Cuyler
I use a product for any stain called Goof Off 2. You can purchase it at Home Depot. Always pre-test, this stuff works on anything. (06/02/2006)
I used a product called Spot Shot from Sam's Club. It has taken most of the stain up so far. It appears the stain is gone but as it dries more ink raises to the surface. Deep ink stains do not come up in a few minutes. It is taking many repetions of spraying and blotting. I will try the alcohol idea if Spot Shot doen't completely remove the stain. I hate to start mixing chemicals for fear of setting the stain.
I have heard that a weakend solution of bleach takes out stains, but I have never tried it. (07/19/2006)
I was having a heart attack about my carpet when i came home yesterday. I found black ink every where not only all over my carpet but my couch as well. I thought I was the only one to come home to a dog that chewed up a pen and got ink all over till I read this site. I can't believe how many times that it happens to people. Anyway I am going to try the rubbing alcohol. It seems to be the best way that I heard so far. My cleaning ladies that come to my house to clean also mentioned hair spray. Either way I gotta do something and whatever I use that works i'll let you all know.
Those darn dogs.... (09/11/2006)
Thanks, i have tried a lot of things to get ink out of my carpet. Also my Lab chewed up an ink pen and went down the hall with it. The rubbing alcohol worked the best. I also tried vinegar and baking soda but it did not work as well. Thanks and good luck!!! (10/08/2006)
I used WD40 and an old towel, saturate the stain and blot with old towel, continue until stain is gone. Also works great on walls with pen and crayon! (10/08/2006)
We do love our pets, don't we? Same story I woke up to see my Papplion puppy with a purple ink pen hanging out of his mouth. First things first don't panic...I had Oxy Clean for getting out spots from your laundry, it mentioned it could be used for upholstery. I thought I would give it a try. It worked wonderfully, I guess some more of the stain may work itself up. If so I will be sure to use more of the Oxy Clean. (11/20/2006)
The suggestions you guys gave helped a tons in a flash. my husband and I woke up to huge black stains and smears in our beige carpet this morning. I had no idea what to do. The alcohol tip worked. Unfortunately, there was just so much of it and MO (our mastiff) must have done it as soon as we went to bed...there's still 3 large sections of black shaded carpet. I still focus in on it, but I was tons worse this morning. Thanks... OH and will a carpet steamer or shampooer help any more? Thanks ladies (12/04/2006)
Nail-polish remover with acetate removed almost all of the ink stain on my Karastan Sisal Wool rug. (01/12/2007)
Nail polish remover does not work it only make the ink stain smear...HELP. (01/12/2007)
Litlle lad today dropped a fountain pen on the floor.
Came on here and read to use alcohol. In kitchen for a bottle of smirnoff vodka. Ink disappeared in about 2 capfulls of vodka
Many thanks (01/30/2007)
use carb cleaner, it works amazing (05/18/2007)
FOR LARGE AMOUNTS OF INK
I spilled an entire bottle of BLACK India ink on my dad's WHITE carpet. My father is a bit of a neat freak, to say the least. He hired a cleaning woman to come clean the house every other Thursday; once she leaves, he cleans the house again. Complaining all the way.
I did not get the entire stain out because there was way too much ink even for the magic of vodka to handle.
but here's how i got close: First off - NEVER LET THE STAIN DRY! Once India ink (and most other inks) dries, it becomes waterproof but while wet, remains water soluble. Soak up all the ink you can with an absorbent cloth or paper towel. Use "Incredible" stain remover (like $3.50) and remove as much of the stain as you can that way. Then I used "shot spot" and it took out a little more. Shot spot is one of those foam, spraycan things. Doesn't do well when there's still lots of ink but works well when the job is smaller. Then I went to Sears and rented a "Rug Doctor" wet-vac and bought some carpet cleaner to go with it (totaled $35 for the cleaner and 24hr rental). Once I ran it over about 48 times and refilled the water container about 5 or 6 time, the stain mostly came out. It's still a bit darker than the surrounding carpet but not nearly as noticeable as a solid black dinner plate in the middle of the room. (06/27/2007)
For anyone reading these tips in the UK, rubbing alcohol is known as surgical spirit and can be purchased from the pharmacy counter at Boots or at any other pharmacy.
Oh and by the way, after hours of using commercial carpet stain removers, two pourings of surgical spirit has removed the ink from the biro that my 4 year old broke. It's not only dogs that you have to keep pens away from :-) (07/12/2007)
I'll second the vote for carb cleaner - I just used it to clean blue sharpie from my beige carpet (and from my two-year-old) and apparently carb cleaner and sharpie ink don't like each other because the ink practically disappeared on its own - very little scrubbing required. Be sure the area is well-ventilated though, carb cleaner stinks a bit. (07/12/2007)
Well, like some of you, my dogs had fun with a black ink pen this morning and my mother's carpet now has their original art displayed on her light beige carpet. At first I tried Spot Shot and then some other stuff I found in the cabinet. So far, the rubbing alcohol is working the best. However, I am not talented enough to keep it from bleeding and spreading when I start on a new spot.
Good Luck! (07/26/2007)
Just tried KID'S N PET'S from our local pet supply store. Pre soaked full strength, used old tooth brush, blotted up with white cloth, did this several times, then sucked up with vacuum hose. if i did not know it was there i would never know it. (07/31/2007)
How to remove ink from your carpet?
Stephanie from Spring City, PA
I don't normally post things, but I came home and my puppy ate a black pen, and it soaked into the beige carpet. All I had in the house was the rubbing alcohol. Thank you to whoever came up with that. You saved my life, and probably the dog too from the wrath of my wife. (09/02/2007)
Me too. Dog, black pen, beige carpet installed in September. I have tried everything on this site for 3 days. I never let the stain dry completely, but it would not budge. I finally decided that I would rather have a white stain than a black one. First I put lemon juice on it and opened the shades so that the sun would bleach it. It made it lighter, but I could still see it.
I then took Clorox "Ultimate Care" bleach and a toothbrush and carefully brushed the stain. It came up immediately and then I immediately soaked up all the bleach with cotton shop towels. So far it looks really good. It did break down a little bit of the actual twist in the fiber, but you have to get on your hands and knees to see it. Good Luck. (12/11/2007)
My dog was sleeping in my room for the first time. I slept like a baby throughout the the entire night as I did not hear any noise. I thought my dog had been a really good boy until I woke up the next morning. There was dog pee all over the carpet, toilet paper surrounded the room and worst of all my brand new $800.00 mat. There was blue ink all over it. I tried a combination of OxiClean and alcohol and it worked like magic to the eye.
Dog ate Bic ball point pen and got big gobs of ink on beige carpet. Alcohol and hairspray - did not work very well. A product called Amodex worked wonders. Skip that other stuff, it will tend to set the stain. (10/03/2008)
Another product that works great on stains is Folex; this is a spray and you can find it at Walmart and Lowe's; it is sold in quart and gallon size containers. It has been on the market for over 35 years. I have used it to remove pet vomit (especially hard to remove if the yellow bile in the vomit has set in the carpet), pet urine and other stains. I used Folex first when my dog chewed up a pen that had purple dye in the ink and it got on the carpet; then I followed up with the Oxy-Clean powder and rubbing alcohol paste. Using a toothbrush I gently rubbed the stain until it went away. Great results. (02/15/2009)
My dog chewed a black ink pen and left a black ink pen stain. I tried a stain fighter first. It was supposed to be super concentrated. But all it did was spread the stain even more. So then I poured alcohol all over the stain. That got most of the stain out. But I was left with what was spread. So I tried the baking soda and vinegar mix. That got most of the rest of the stain out. You can still see a little bit of blue. But not as much as before. Thank you, a lot. (07/10/2009)
My dog chewed a ball point pen and got it all over the carpet. I tried the alcohol and blotting method and seemed to work, but I have better things to do with my day. I went out to the shop got the wet vac, a spray bottle and filled with 91% alcohol, turned on the vac and saturated the stain and vacuumed vigorously, spray, vac, spray, vac. No blotting needed and no bleeding. Done in 20 minutes carpet clean to the backing. (07/31/2009)
How to clean tattoo ink out of clothes?
Cheri from TX
If it hasn't been dried and maybe even if it has, try to soak it over night in a double strong solution of OxiClean. I had my back tattooed and I had a bunch of ink on my top and I bled a bunch, OxiClean got both out. (03/16/2007)
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How do I get ink out of carpeting?
By Gloria from Milwaukee, WI
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)
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)
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)
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
I have an ink stain on my carpet. The carpet is tannish brownish.
By RJOU from Los Angeles, CA
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)
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.
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)
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
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)
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)
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)