I had a bottle of ink bust all over my carpet. I have tried many different things to get up but nothing has worked yet. Can anyone help me?
Misty from Shelby, AL
If you have a closet that is carpeted, you can cut a square of carpet from inside there to replace the stained carpet. Put the stained carpet inside the carpet. Use a utility knife.
While I was refilling my black ink cartridge my container had an air bubble and splattered. I didn't find the spot on the carpet for a week due to where it was located. I went online reading about how to get the ink out and decided on something I had at home.
I tried hairspray, no. Rubbing alcohol by itself, no. Carpet sprays, no. When computer ink splatters, it is very thick and dries into a globby mass. If it is fresh you might have better luck with other things. This is what worked on the DRIED ink on a light beige carpet.
This is what worked perfectly; rubbing alcohol, oxyclean, apx 2 rolls of paper towels, weight and time to repaeat thru out the day. The spot was gone by the end of the day with no carpet wear or damage. No matter what you do, NO RUBBING. This will totally fray the carpet and show you tried to remove something from that spot.
Apply rubbing alcohol to the spot, it will spread, prepare warm water with oxyclean and add to the spot. Wait a few minutes and then take a few paper towels folded up, lay on top, then add weight to the towels. I used a one gallon vinegar bottle so that was about 7lb.
After about 5 minutes, I lifted up the towels, black. Repeat and repeat. After awhile I found the main blob was gone but then there was a soft black hazy spot. I STOPPED using the alcohol and just did the oxyclean over and over again. This kept it from spreading anymore.
After awhile, each time you pick up the towels you will find spots on the towels like mold. This is the ink wicking up from the different fibers. Keep doing this until the spot is gone and no more wicking. At the end you can do a clear water rinse to remove any of the oxyclean residue. You now cannot tell where this 1" blob of ink was unless pointed out. All that remains is a very light gray spot on the backing smaller than a dime.
I was moving a printer from one room to another and when I set it down on the new carpet I noticed a three foot line of ink that ran to underneath where I put the printer. After a few choice words, I grabbed the printer and hurried it outside. Next I grabbed moist papertowels and blotted as much of the ink up that I could. Then I googled. Thank God for google! I poured rubbing alcohol all over the ink and blotted it up until it stopped coming up.
Then I used that cheap dollar store "Awesome" cleaner and sprayed all over what was left. Then I used the hand tool on my carpet cleaner to severely moisten the area without smearing the ink. I think this brought the ink back to the top of the fibers. So then I used the big floor carpet cleaner instead of just the tool. Lastly, I poured more alcohol all over what was left and put an old towel down and walked all over it. It looked better than after steam cleaning. If I had to do it over again(God forbid!) I would have run down and bought more alcohol (maybe drink some too!) and blotted it all up with alcohol and towels. Ok and last of all, two words for those of you with pen eating dogs: shock collar!
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Call your insurance company. I bet you are covered since it was an accident. Apparently some even cover dogs peeing in the house. When my girlfriend's water broke she ran from the couch in the living room, through the hallway, up the stairs, to the bathroom. They covered the cost of a new couch, new rug in the living room, hall and all new carpet up the stairs and on the second floor also. (07/22/2006)
Spray it down with aerosol hairspray- it should magically disappear - then wash carpet to get rid of hairspray. (07/24/2006)
There is a great product called "Spot Shot". I use it on all kinds of stains. I even use it on clothes instead of Spray & Wash, Shout, etc.. It says it is great for pet stains also. That may be helpful if pup causes any other uh ohs!! You can get it @ Walmart or Lowes. (07/25/2006)
By Mona in Mississippi
Get busy and fold about thirty paper towels for LOTS of BLOTTING. It has been said that red ink and lipstick is the hardest, next to impossible to remove. I'd start on the smallest spot, use ALCOHOL ONLY and blot away, ALWAYS USING A NEW TOWEL SPOT for the BLOTTING. Squeeze whatever you can between your fingers, NOT rubbing the ink down further into the carpet. If the first spot responds, get
bolder, more folded paper towels, and go to the next bigger spot with the same process. I wouldn't use water or oils AT ALL unless the Alcohol won't work for whatever reason. If it DOES work fairly well, keep blotting UNTIL NO MORE RED CAN BE SEEN WHEN BLOTTING AND APPLYING ALCOHOL.
If there is STILL a red or pink stain, use DAWN dish liquid on a rag (6-8 drops BLUE colored Dawn, to neutralize the red better, to 1 Cup hot water) to clean and BLOT, spraying it on the spot, NOT POURING.
The secret is in these two things, I believe. If it is a dry erase pen, or regular ball point ink, it should still work. If permanent Marker, it is not likely to come up so you should try to remove a remote corner of the house carpet by patch, even if 6'x6' size and sew and glue with Clear
Liquid Nail the edges of the exact size cutout, but NOT the padding. Consider switching the stained area with an area under a bed against the wall never seen or used, if worse comes to worst. I hope this works for you. God bless. (08/02/2006)
My Autistic daughter had a black ball point pen leak upon the carpet. We tried your tips. Hairspray!
Ink came away after 2 minutes, no marks left.
Thanks guys. (09/10/2007)
By Chris Storer