Removing Ink Stains from Carpet or Upholstery in Birmingham AL

Did you get an Ink Stain in your carpet or on your upholstery? You probably are freaking out, because ink is not the easiest thing to get out.  But, not to worry, Heaven’s Best Carpet and Rug Cleaners can help.  Here are some tips on removing Ink Stains from Carpet or Upholstery in Birmingham AL.

The first thing to beware of is you don’t want to make the stain worse.  A small ink stain can become a big ink stain if you get it wet with water. So, before you proceed, STOP!  Do not get it wet!    

Ballpoint pens use permanent non-water based ink and can be one of the toughest stains to remove, but it is not impossible.  If you do get an ink stain on a shirt, or your living room couch, or even your carpet read the steps below before you “throw in the towel” and think you will need to replace all of them.

Even though ink is hard to get out it is not impossible, and understanding that ink spreads faster than bad news means you can prevent this from happening. Remember that even a tiny ink spot has the potential to grow 100 times its size in seconds.  So, containing the spot is the key.  In order to contain the spot, you will need a barrier.  To do this, make the following ammonia/hydrogen peroxide solution.

Mix a 50/50 solution (about 1 teaspoon each) of household strength ammonia (without color and fragrance) and 3% hydrogen peroxide.  You can make a little more if you need to, just keep the amounts even.

Swish the mixture in a small glass cup then use a dropper of some sort or a spoon and slowly apply drops of the mixture around the perimeter of the ink stain.  You only need a small amount, about 1/4 of a teaspoon to a teaspoon.  The hydrogen peroxide creates an area of confinement which will keep the ink from spreading wildly when you start to apply the cleaning solvent.

Note: You should not use ammonia on natural fiber such as wool, silk, linen or cotton.  So, if working with these fabrics, only use hydrogen peroxide to create a barrier. 

Once the ink spot is contained, you can apply a cleaning solvent such as one of the following:

  • Hairspray
  • Nail polish remover with acetone
  • Rubbing alcohol

Use paper towels or a clean absorbent cloth to gently blot the cleaning solvent onto the stain.

Stain removal involves removing a little of the stain with each application. You may need to repeat using the cleaning agent quite a few times before you see success. If you are seeing progress and the stain is being removed, the process should be repeated.

Continue to repeat the process until the ink stain is gone.

If you are not comfortable removing a ballpoint ink stain from carpet or upholstery, you can always call a professional carpet cleaner such as Heaven’s Best Carpet and Rug Cleaners at (205) 739-1880.  We have professional strength cleaning solvents that can get out ink stains as well as markers, red dye, coffee, tea and all sorts of other stains.  Along with getting out the spot, we can clean and deodorize your carpet or upholstery so they look and smell great.  If the process above for removing Ink Stains from your Carpet or Upholstery in Birmingham AL sounds way too complicated, not too worry, give Heaven’s Best a call at (205) 739-1880.  We can make your carpet and furniture look like the accident never happened. Call us today or use the form below to contact us immediately.

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