How to Remove Ink Stains from a Carpet

Don’t cry over spilled ink. Get the stains out of your carpeting with this method.


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No matter what you spilled on your clothes or furnishings, we can tell you how to get it out.


You Will Need

  • A spray lubricant like WD-40
  • Soapy water
  • A sponge


  1. Step 1

    Spray it

    Spray the stain with a lubricant like WD-40, available in hardware stores.

  2. Step 2

    Let it sit

    Let it sit for a few minutes, and then gently sponge with warm, soapy water.

  3. Step 3


    Rinse with warm water.

  4. Step 4


    Let it dry completely before fluffing the fibers with your fingers.

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