How to Remove Ink Stains from Carpet

Spilt ink on the carpet? It’s really not such a dire situation! Follow this simple guide on how to get rid of ink stains and which products will help you along the way.

Top Tip

The first thing to remember when removing ink stains is to avoid smearing them outwards. Make sure you blot and make small rubbing movements to confine the stain to a small area.

how to get ink out of carpet

There’s plenty of ways ink can end up on the carpet, but the quicker you attend to it, the better. The right cleaning method generally depends on the type of ink that’s been spilled (water-based, permanent, etc.), as well as the size of the stain and the material your carpet is made from. Wool, for example, can be quite delicate when it comes to removing ink stains.

Armed with the right knowledge and a whole lot of elbow grease, ink stain removal can be a simple process. Here are a few tips for how to get rid of ink stains from carpet fibres:

How to Remove Ink Stains Using Detergent: Water-Based Inks

There are plenty of specialist carpet cleaning products you can use to treat stains on your carpet – just make sure you read the directions on the label and test them on a small area of the carpet first. Laundry detergent can be a great way to remove ink stains, especially if it’s a water-based ink. Try these three easy steps:

  1. Fill a bowl with warm water.
  2. Add in a teaspoon of detergent (such as Omo) and mix together.
  3. Use the solution to dab the ink stain until it begins to lift.

How to Get Rid of Ink Stains from Carpet Using Ammonia: Permanent Inks

Carpet cleaning products work great on these types of stains – just make sure you test them on a small patch of carpet first. It’s a bit harder to budge stains made by permanent markers. Give this solution a go, combing ammonia and detergent for double the cleaning power:

  1. Half-fill a spray bottle with water.
  2. Add in a tablespoon of ammonia.
  3. Spray the stain from around 20cm away to avoid damaging the pile, then blot it with a damp cloth.
  4. Now follow the same steps as for the water-based inks to get rid of harsh ammonia residue, then dry with a fresh cloth.

Remember: Don’t scrub the stain – only lightly dab it to avoid forcing the stain further into the carpet. Sensitive wool carpets will only need half a tablespoon of ammonia in a spray bottle filled with water for best results.

Removing Ink Stains: The DIY Approach

Modern washing detergents are the best for removing ink stains from carpet, but homemade remedies can also do the trick. Always read the instructions on the back of a new product, and always test it out on a small area first. It also helps to check your carpet label for manufacturer’s advice before you tackle a stain.

Distilled white vinegar

  • Put equal parts of water and vinegar into a spray bottle. Dab the stained area, then rinse it off with warm, soapy water. You can also add a couple of drops of scented lavender water or lemon for an even fresher finish.

Rubbing alcohol

  • Pour rubbing alcohol onto a cotton wool ball, letting it absorb completely, then gently dab the stain. After five minutes, rinse the area with warm water and dry it by pressing the area with a clean cotton towel.