5 Effective Way – How to Get Printer Ink Out of Carpet

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Printer ink on your carpet? Maybe you just faced an accident and spilled some printer ink on the carpet.

Or some splashed out when installing the ink to a printer, or you met a crack while changing the ink cartridge. Whatever the reason is, the matter of concern is how to get printer ink out of carpet.

You can easily clean your hand or skin if you get in touch with printer ink. But Getting ink off carpet will take effort. 

Many effective ways are there to clean ink out of carpet.

You can buy a liquid carpet cleaner or stain remover, or if you want, you can try some homemade solutions also. Interested to know the homemade cleaning method to remove gel ink from carpet?

Scroll down and know them. 

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5 Effective Ways to Get Printer Ink out Of Carpet

We have done the needed research and find out some actionable ingredients that can remove the printer ink stain. We tried them out, and all was good.

But among the good, best is also available. We will share those five best methods to remove inkjet ink from carpet. Let’s know them.

01. Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing alcohol is the best cleaning agent to remove any stain from any place, cloth, or carpet. We tried this method, and it works. Follow the steps below.

  • Take some rubbing alcohol, pour it on the stain.
  • Now place a clean white cloth on the stained surface and let it blot for 30 minutes.
  • Never rub the area; it will spread the stain. Blot a few times gently until the stain is away.
  • Every time you use a clean white cloth, the stain will spread in other carpet places if you use the same cloth twice.
  • After the stain is removed, use clean, warm water to wash the carpet and dry it. You can sometimes vacuum if the rug gets wonky.

02. Bleach Powder

Bleach Powder

Almost every one of us knows how effective bleaching powder is in cleaning stains. It’s a hard cleaning agent that can make the carpet fibers wonky. So you have to mix laundry liquid with it.

  • Take a full bucket of boiling water, add bleaching powder and laundry liquid. 
  • Take a cloth, dip into it, and leave it on the stain.
  • Do it a few times, and the stain will vanish.
  • Then clean the carpet with clean water so any residue doesn’t remain
  • Dry it in normal air or use a vacuum cleaner

03. WD-40

Most of us WD-40 as a stain maker. It makes stains and sometimes makes the stain permanent. So before using it on the carpet, taste it on a corner of the rug.

  • Spray the WD-40 on the stain leave it for 10-15 minutes
  • Blot away with a clean white cloth until the stain has vanished
  • Wash out with soapy water to clean the WD-40 residue.
  • If it stays for a long time on the carpet, it can damage it
  • Finally, rinse with fresh warm water and leave it to dry

04. Ammonia


Ammonia is a hard cleaning agent. Getting ink out of carpet will be simple with it. But it won’t work alone. You have to take help from another cleaning agent like laundry liquid/detergent soap and vinegar.

  • In one cup of water, add 1 tablespoon of ammonia and a few drops of laundry liquid.
  • Spray the solution on the ink stain and blot with a dry clean white cloth.
  • Repeat the process a few times; if the stain is still, make a solution of vinegar and water (equal quantity). 
  • Blot in the same process, and I hope the stain will be removed.
  • Now clean with distilled water and dry it in normal air.

05. Hairspray


Shocked? We were too. But when we tried this, we were amazed. It’s so simple to use and works fast. Hairspray has alcohol that helped it to remove the printer ink from the carpet.

You can blindly use it instead of alcohol. And it’s better than alcohol. Because hairspray has more elements that make hair soft.

So when you use it on the carpet, it won’t damage the carpet rather will make it smoother.

  • Spray directly on the printer ink stain
  • Blot with a clean white cloth
  • Rinse with warm water to clean the remaining hairspray
  • Now use a dry cloth and damp the area, 
  • Dry it in normal air or use a vacuum cleaner. Vacuuming will help the carpet fibers to be back in shape.
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Frequently Asked Questions 

What Is the Fastest Way to Get Ink out Of Carpet?

The fastest way to get ink out of the carpet is using rubbing alcohol. It’s an organic blend that is also useful as a cleaning agent. With rubbing alcohol, you can fastly remove the ink from your carpet. 

  • Take some alcohol on a spray bottle, spray on a white cloth and leave it on the stained surface and let it moisten the stain.
  • After some time, the rubbing alcohol will start blotting lightly. Wait until the white cloth transfers its color.
  • Remove the cloth and see how much stain is removed. If some stain is left, repeat the same process until it’s gone.  Then take some lukewarm water, dip a cloth, and dab the stain-free with it.

Can Old Ink Stains Be Removed?

Yes, no matter how stubborn your old ink is, it can be removed. Ink isn’t permanent. You just have to try the right method to remove it.

As the stain is old, you have to use a hard cleaning agent like bleach. Usually, bleach is the last choice when other method doesn’t work. But to remove an old stain is the first method to give a try. 

  • Take some bleach powder, boiling water and add a few drops of liquid laundry soap. 
  • Make a paste of all the ingredients and apply it to the ink stain directly. 
  • Let the paste be on the stain overnight. Then laundry it. 
  • If the ink remains, repeat the same process or use some fresh lemon juice.

Does WD 40 Remove ink stains?

Yes, WD 40 can remove ink stains. It’s a lubricant that has petroleum. And petroleum is the reason to cause stains. But do you know it can remove ink stains? Surprised, how can a stain causer remove stains? Didn’t you hear the proverb, “Diamond cut Diamond”?

You can use WD 40 as a stain remover. Unable to believe us? Spray it on any stain and see the magic in five minutes.

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