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The right way to treat ink stains on the carpet

There is no way to sugarcoat it – ink stains on the carpet are rather problematic. Not only are they somewhat hard to remove, but they are quite unsightly too. There is no way to conceal a black spot in the middle of the room, after all.

There are many ways for the ink to get on your carpet. Maybe your refillable ink pen has malfunctioned, or maybe your children have been naughty. In any case, you need to remember that you have to deal with the stain as quickly as possible. That is the only way to ensure you can remove the stain. How you approach the problem is mostly a question of what type of ink you got on the carpet – permanent or water-based. The material of your carpet is also an important factor to consider. By adopting the right know-how, you can deal with the problem.

Removing water-based inks with detergent

While it is true that you can use a specialised carpet cleaning solution on the ink stain (as long as you remember to read the direction on the label of the product), you can also try your trusty laundry detergent. It is particularly useful against water-based inks. The process is very simple, and it involves mixing a bowl of warm water with a teaspoon of detergent. Next, grab a clean rag and dab the stained area with the solution. It will take just a little time before you see some results. Continue doing this until the stain surrenders.

Moving on to the tough task: permanent ink

If you have gotten a permanent ink stain from a marker, you should know it is trickier to remove it, but still possible. You may need to bust out more serious solutions, such as ammonia. Here is a rundown of the steps you must take:Carpet Maintenance Tips

  • Grab a spray bottle and fill half of it with water
  • Add a single teaspoon of ammonia to it
  • Bring the bottle 20cm away from the stain and spray. The idea is that you don’t want to damage the pile.
  • Use a damp cloth to blot.
  • Go through the same process as with removing water-based inks. When you are done, use a cloth to dry the area.

Keep in mind that you should never scrub the stain, but only dab it. Otherwise, you will force ink within the pile of your carpet, making it pretty much impossible to remove.

The DIY approach

If the ink splodge you are dealing with is rather stubborn, you can try a DIY approach with the following solutions:

  • Distilled white vinegar – get a spray bottle and fill half of it with distilled white vinegar and the other half of it with water. Dab the stained part and then rinse with soapy water.
  • Rubbing alcohol – wet a cotton wool ball with rubbing alcohol and dab the ink stain. Leave the solution there for a few minutes and then rinse with water.

Following this simple guide can get stubborn ink stains out of your carpet. Just follow the steps outlined, and you will be able to remedy your carpet.

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