Jeff asked: How do I clean a toner spill from carpet? While changing a toner cartridge, a small amount of toner spilled and got into the carpet. I have tried carpet cleaners with little success.
Toner spills are common when switching out the cartridges. Cleaning them up is not always an easy task. The sooner you can treat the stain, the better chance that it will come out of the carpet completely. Over time, the toner stain will set and become much more difficult to remove.
You Will Need:
- Soft cloths
- Dry-cleaning solvent
- Dish washing soap
Steps to Remove the Toner:
- If a large amount of toner was spilled, scoop up as much as possible with a spoon. Vacuum the rest of it away (without the roller brush on). If it was liquid toner that spilled, blot up as much as possible with a clean, soft cloth.
- Once the loose toner is removed, you are ready to work on the stain that was left behind.
- Moisten a soft cloth with dry-cleaning solvent. This solvent can be found in a Dryel home dry cleaning kit, which is available in the laundry aisle of most supermarkets, at janitorial supply stores, or it can be found online.
- Blot it onto the stained area.
- As you are blotting with a clean cloth, you will notice the toner transferring to the cloth. Continue blotting. Switch to a new section of the cloth or use a fresh cloth when the old one gets dirty to keep from reapplying the toner to the carpet.
- Moisten the cloth with dry-cleaning solvent each time. Do not pour the solvent onto the carpet or saturate the area.
- If the stain is not releasing, even with several repeated attempts, move onto the next step.
- Mix a few drops of dish washing soap with one cup of water.
- Dip a clean cloth into the mixture and blot it onto the stain.
- As before, blot with a clean section of cloth and repeat applications until the stain is removed.
- When the stain is completely removed, allow the area to dry.
- Place a towel over the area and press down to absorb any excess moisture that may have been absorbed by the carpet.
- Vacuum the area to restore the texture of the carpet.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Clean out the bag/canister of the vacuum after vacuuming up toner. The small particles can be redistributed into the air and/or the carpet if left sitting in the bag.
- Avoid scrubbing the carpet as it can destroy the fibers and leave the area looking “rough” or worn.
- Avoid using laundry detergents or dishwasher detergents. They can discolor the carpet and damage some carpet fibers.
- Rubbing alcohol is effective in removing ink stains. Use it with caution on carpeting and do not allow it to soak into the carpet backing. The alcohol will break down the glue that holds the carpet together.
- If the carpet is white or very light in color, hydrogen peroxide may work to remove the toner. Test a small area first as this can have a bleaching effect and will lighten darker colors.