How to Get Ball Point Pen Ink Stain Out of Your Carpet or Rug

  1. CAUTION: Ball point ink tends to spread (get bigger) when trying to remove!
  2. Absorb all ink on surface with dry plain white paper towels.
  3. Blot with an acetone-based nail polish remover on a white towel.
  4. Do not pour nail polish remover directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together.
  5. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water.
  6. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel.
  7. Blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water.
  8. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water.
  9. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel.
  10. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area and weight down with a flat heavy object and remove the next day.
  11. If unsuccessful:
    • Call the Bane-Clene locator service at 1-800-428-9512 (U.S. ONLY!) for a professional in your zip code area.
    • Or use our Find a Cleaner function to locate a cleaner in your area.

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