How to remove ink Stains From Carpet

There are several different types of ink, we will go over steps to remove each type. If these methods do not remove the ink completely you can call us for a free consultation.

How to remove ball point ink stains from carpet

If you have natural-fiber carpet, follow these steps to remove the ink stain:

  1. You may need up to 2 cans of lacquer hair spray depending on the severity of the spill.
  2. Spray the hairspray onto the ink stain. This will soften the ink.
  3. Using a white cloth towel, blot the lacquer. Do not scrub the stain; instead, repeat this process until the ink stain disappears.
  4. Once the area is dry, hand-brush the affected area and then vacuum. This should remove any traces of lacquer.

how to remove permanent marker ink stains


  1. Moisten the ink stain with either rubbing alcohol or non-oily hairspray.
  2. Once you begin to lightly blot the ink stain from the carpet, you should start to see the color transfer onto the towel.
  3. Once the area is stain-free, dab the area with a towel dipped in lukewarm water. 

If this method doesn’t remove all of the permanent ink stain from your carpet, repeat the above steps using hairspray (note that these methods can dramatically reduce the appearance of the ink stain, but some permanent markers are in fact permanent!)

how to remove water based ink from carpet


  1. Mix 1 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid with lukewarm water.
  2. Dab a towel into water, then dab the towel onto the ink stain.
  3. Repeat this process until stain has disappeared.