How to Clean Pen Ink From Carpet

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How to Clean Ball Point Pen Out of Your Carpet - Zerorez® Tips

Have you ever experienced that moment of dread when a ballpoint pen slips from your hand and leaves a dark ink spot on your beautiful carpet? We know the feeling! Ballpoint pen ink stains are notoriously tricky to deal with, but don't worry—we're here to help.

In this guide, we'll delve into the nature of these stubborn stains, explore why they're so challenging to remove, and share some tried-and-true methods to get your carpet looking fresh and clean again.

What Type of Stain Does a Ballpoint Pen Leave?

Identifying different types of stains is key to treating them. Ballpoint pen ink stains are oil-based, which makes them particularly hard to remove from carpet fibers. These stains can penetrate into carpet fibers, leaving dark marks that are difficult to lift with typical cleaning methods.

The oily nature of the ink requires a solution that can break down the oil and lift the pigment from the carpet fibers.

Does Vinegar Remove Ballpoint Pen Ink Out of Carpet?

Yes, vinegar can be effective in removing ballpoint pen ink from carpets. The solution acts as a mild solvent, separating the stain from the carpet's fibers.

Other cleaning solutions can also prove useful in removing ink from carpet. Baking soda and water can draw out and dilute the pen stain.

Avoid using store-bought cleaning products like dish soap and carpet cleaners to clean your carpet however. These solutions typically contain harsh chemicals like bleach, which can cause additional, more permanent damage to your carpet.

How To Get Ballpoint Pen Ink Out of Carpet?

Follow these simple steps to remove ballpoint pen ink stains from your carpet:

Step 1: Blot the spot with a clean, dry cloth to absorb as much of the ink as possible. Avoid rubbing the area, as this can spread the stain.

Step 2: Prepare and gently apply a cleaning solution with one part vinegar and two parts water.

Step 3: Sprinkle baking soda onto a fresh cloth and blot the area again.

Step 4: Rinse the area with a clean, damp cloth to remove the cleaning solution and ink residue. Repeat this process until the stain has disappeared.

Step 5: Allow the area to air dry or gently pat the spot with a clean, dry towel to speed up the drying process.

Troubleshooting Tips for Stubborn Ballpoint Pen Ink Stains

  • Test Solutions: Be sure to test your cleaning solution on a small, hidden area of the carpet to ensure it does not cause discoloration.

  • Use a Gentle Brush: If blotting alone does not work, use a soft-bristled brush to work the cleaning solution into the carpet.

  • Avoid Heat: Do not use hot water or heat sources to dry the area.

  • Seek Professional Help: Some spots can prove too difficult to remove. If this is the case, reach out to Zerorez®. We can answer any stain-related questions. We also provide a five-star carpet spot treatment that has proven to remove the most difficult carpet spots.

How Can Zerorez® Help With Ballpoint Pen Ink Stains and Other Spots?

If your ballpoint pen ink stain refuses to lift, don't worry! Your local carpet cleaning company can help.

At Zerorez®, we specialize in carpet cleaning. We offer spot treatments that can remove most hard-to-remove stains. We offer carpet cleaning services, spot treatments, and even Premium Fiber Protector so your carpets can get Insanely Clean™ and stay that way.

If you are dealing with any other type of spot, contact us to learn more about our services, processes, and prices today!

Ball Point Pen Removal 

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