To remove black ink stains, saturate with a lacquer-based hair spray and press into the stain with a clean white cloth. Once the ink stops transferring to the cloth, soak the stain in rubbing alcohol, and blot dry with a clean towel. When dry, hand-brush and vacuum the stain.
- Spray the stain
Spray a liberal amount of lacquer-based hairspray directly on the stain. Continue until the entire stain is saturated.
- Blot the stain
Firmly press into the moistened stain with a clean white cloth. Do not scrub or rub the stain, as this may spread the ink.
- Repeat the spray and blot treatment
Continue to spray the stain and blot until the ink stops transferring to the towel. Repeat the process as many times as is necessary.
- Add rubbing alcohol
Pour enough rubbing alcohol to saturate the remnants of the stain. Allow the alcohol to soak into the stain for several minutes.
- Remove the rubbing alcohol
Press into the stain with a high-absorption cloth to soak up the rubbing alcohol. Do not scrub, even if most of the ink is removed.
- Brush the stain
Once the carpet fibers are dry, brush the area with a stiff-bristled brush. Agitate carpet fibers in all directions to remove leftover hairspray lacquer.
- Vacuum the area
Thoroughly vacuum the cleaned area until there is a dry, stain-free carpet. Utilize a standing vacuum or a vacuum hose with attachments depending on the size of the stain.