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How To Remove Ball Point Pen Ink From Carpet


Spilled Ink


To clean ball point pen ink from synthetic carpet, follow the procedures listed below.  Begin with step one, progressing only to the next step if necessary.  Remember that you always want to use the gentlest approach to cleaning a carpet stain first.


(Begin with step 1, if the stain remains then proceed to the next step. Always test the following stain removal solutions in an inconspicuous area first to make sure they won't damage your carpet.)

Synthetic Carpet

1.  Use a dry cleaning solvent such as Carbona or Energine. Dry cleaning solvent should never be used on polyester.

2.  Use Alcohol or methylated spirits mineral turpentine.

3.  Use a detergent solution. Mix one teaspoon of clear dish washing liquid with one cup of warm water. Make sure the water is not hot.


Leaking ball point pens are no fun. Ink gets on your fingers and blots across your paper. This is usually the extent of the damage. Unfortunately leaky pens sometimes fall onto your carpet. This turns a minor inconvenience into a major hassle.

If you do get ink onto your carpet you need to deal with it immediately. The ink can set into a stain very quickly making it even more difficult to remove.