Bean asked: How can I remove ball point ink from Berber carpet? It is from a Bic pen.
When ink gets on the carpet, it can be removed with a few simple steps – as long as the carpet is colorfast. Since these removal methods will remove the coloring of the ink, they can also remove the dyes that color the carpet fibers. Always test a small area first before tackling your stain.
You Will Need:
- Resolve Carpet Stain Remover
- Rubbing alcohol
- Soft cloths
- Carpet shampoo (optional)
Steps to Remove the Ink:
- Begin by applying a carpet stain remover. Ballpoint ink does not absorb into the carpet fibers like other inks, and is easier to remove. Many times, the stain remover will be able to lift it.
- Blot the area with a clean cloth. Turn the cloth frequently to keep a clean surface in contact with the carpet. Failure to do this will result in the ink being reapplied as you work.
- Reapply the stain remover until you don’t see any more ink transferring to the cloth.
- Next, test a hidden area by blotting it with rubbing alcohol.
- Wait a few minutes and blot the area with a clean cloth. Check to see if there is any change to the color after several hours, or if any color from the carpet transfers to the cloth when blotting.
- If the carpet is colorfast, it is safe to proceed.
- Moisten a soft cloth with the rubbing alcohol. If the area is very small, or a line, use a cotton swab for better accuracy.
- Blot the moistened cloth onto the ink stain.
- Again, turn the cloth frequently to keep a clean surface in contact with the carpet.
- Repeat until the stain is removed.
- An optional step is to clean the carpet area with a carpet shampoo and/or rinse it by blotting with clean water.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Hairspray also works well to remove ink stains. The cheaper brands work better because they contain more alcohol, which is the ingredient that removes the ink. Simply spray it liberally onto the surface and blot with a clean cloth. Be sure to wash the area after the stain is gone to remove any hairspray residue.