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Removing Ballpoint Ink Stains From Carpets

No matter what kind of rug, these treatments will get the spot out.

By Jennifer Jafarzadeh
Pens on carpetWendell T.
Follow the steps using the instructions that suit your carpet type―whether it's made of a synthetic material (such as nylon, polyester, or polypropylene) or a natural fiber (such as wool, sisal, seagrass, or coir). If you have wall-to-wall carpeting, it's probably synthetic. An area rug should list the material on its tag. In either case, rule number one: Treat a spot right away; don't let it dry. And before attacking a large stain, test the solution in a small, inconspicuous area to make sure it won't damage the fiber or the dye.

Synthetic-Fiber Rugs

1. Apply a small amount of solvent (use an oil solvent, such as Carbona Carpet Wizard Carpet Cleaner) to a white cloth, then blot. Wait 15 minutes to dry; repeat if necessary.
 2. Rinse by blotting with a cloth soaked in lukewarm water.

Natural-Fiber Rugs

1. Spray the stain with detergent solution. (Mix 1 teaspoon of translucent liquid dishwashing detergent, such as Dawn or Joy, into 1 cup of lukewarm water.) Then blot with a dry white cloth.
 2. Spray the stain with ammonia solution. (Mix 1 tablespoon of clear household ammonia with 1/2 cup of lukewarm water.) Then blot with a dry white cloth.
 3. Spray the stain with vinegar solution. (Mix 1/4 cup of white vinegar with 1/4 cup of water.) Then blot with a dry white cloth.
 4. Reapply the detergent solution, then blot with a dry white cloth.
 5. Spray the stain with water, then blot with a dry white cloth.
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