Removing Wax and Ink From Your Carpet



Sometimes you’re going to get things on your carpet. Sometimes those things are not going to be as “normal” or “ordinary” as juice or pet urine. Sometimes you may find yourself face to face with something a bit less familiar than what you’re used to. What happens then? Here are a couple of examples of those not so ordinary stains and some tips on how to deal with them.

Not all carpet stains are the result of juice or wine being spilled. Sometimes your pet actually lets you know they need to be let out. Carpet stains and spots are sometimes caused by things other than what you would normally expect. Here are a couple of examples of how to deal with some stains that are not so ordinary.

Every now and again you may get a stain in your carpet that makes you wonder, firstly, “how in the heck did I get that in my carpet”, and then of course, “how in the world will that even come out?” Stains and spots can come from any variety of sources from food and drink to rust and blood. Here are a couple of examples of stains that might fall just a little below the radar and how to deal with them.

What happens when you get a stain in your carpet that isn’t what you’re normally used to? There are a number of products that you can buy for everyday stains such as food or drink, and even traffic areas. But what if that stain is something like wax or ink? Here are some tips on how to deal with these types of stains in your carpet.
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Let’s start with wax. It happens. Maybe you’re burning the candle at both ends or maybe you’re just into that kind of thing. Either way, if you get wax on your carpet, it is imperative that you act fast. The longer wax stays in your carpet the more chance you’ve got of permanently damaging your carpet fibers.

Let’s begin with wax. Hopefully it isn’t often that you will have to deal with wax in your carpet. The most important thing to remember about wax is that you need to act fast. The longer wax stays in your carpet the more chance you’ve got of having permanent damage.

First let’s look at wax. The chances of you getting wax in your carpet should be low but it does happen. What you need to know about wax is that time is of the essence. The faster you treat it, the better chance you have of removing it from your carpet. The longer you wait the higher probability you have of permanent fiber damage.

So let’s say you have an accident with wax. It may not be something you have to worry about on a constant basis but it does happen. With wax, the chances of permanent damage are reduced greatly if you act quickly. The faster you treat wax the better your chances of removing it completely.
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One of the main problems with wax is that it cools almost instantly and bonds with the fibers in your carpet. You do not want to pull the wax out by hand. This will only do more damage to the fibers.

One of the biggest problems with wax is that it cools almost instantly. Since it wants to bond with the carpet fibers you do not want to pull the wax out by hand. All this does is make a bigger mess and most importantly, cause more damage to the fibers.

Two of the biggest problems with wax are that it cools instantly and then it bonds to the fibers in your carpet. The last thing you want to do is pull the wax out by hand. This will only cause more damage to the carpet fibers.

As you may already know, wax dries very quickly. This can be a huge obstacle when trying to clean it up. When this happens your first instinct may be to pull the wax out by hand. Do not do this. Pulling the wax out will only cause more damage to your carpet fibers.
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Try pouring some hot water over the wax and then extracting the liquid with a wet/dry vac. You can also try placing a grocery bag over the dried wax. Then place an iron, set on low, over the bag. This should melt the wax onto the bag. Another trick is to try an odorless solvent like mineral spirits. Work the solvent in with a butter knife. Then pour a cup of water over the area and vacuum with a wet/dry vac. Too much solvent can ruin your carpet backing so go easy with it. It’s better to repeat the process with a little bit of solvent rather than to try to get it all in one application.

Instead, try pouring hot water over the wax and then extracting with a wet/dry vac. If the wax is a little harder then try placing a grocery bag over it. Then place a hot iron, set on low, over the bag. This should melt the wax onto the bag. Another method is to use an odorless solvent like mineral spirits. Work the solvent into the wax with a butter knife. Then pour a cup of water over the area and extract with your wet/dry vac. Take it easy with the solvent. Use a little each time and repeat the process if you need to. Too much solvent at once can ruin your carpet’s backing.

What you want to try first is pouring some hot water over the wax and then extracting with a wet/dry vac. If this doesn’t work you can try placing a grocery bag over the dried wax and then using a hot iron. Place the iron, set on low, over the bag and it should melt the wax onto the bag. Another trick is trying some odorless solvent like mineral sprits. Work the solvent into the wax with a butter knife. Then pour a cup of hot water the area and extract with a wet/dry vac. Be careful when dealing with mineral spirits. Use a little at a time and repeat the process if necessary. Too much solvent at once can ruin the backing of your carpet.

First try pouring some hot water over the wax and then extracting the liquid with a wet/dry vac. This may not always work. You can also try the grocery bag and hot iron trick. Place a grocery bag over the wax and then set an iron, set on low, over the bag. This should melt the wax onto the bag. Pretty neat, right? Another technique is to use an odorless solvent like mineral spirits. Work the solvent into the wax using a butter knife. Then pour a cup of hot water the area and extract with a wet/dry vac. Now you want to go easy with the solvent. If you try drowning the area you will end up ruining the backing of your carpet. Use a little at a time and repeat this step as often as necessary.
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Let’s move on to another type of spot that you hopefully won’t have to encounter too often. It’s very probable that all of us have used an ink pen at one time or another. And you may be asking yourself how in the world an ink pen could cause a huge mess. Well I don’t know either, but it happens.

So what about ink? Yeah, that stuff inside that little tube inside your pen. Doesn’t seem like enough to cause a mess now does it? Well don’t forget that ink also comes in cartridges for your printer, and in bottles for those of you who use it for more artistic purposes. And if you’ve had a pen break in your pocket then you know just how much of a stain ink can leave.

You may be asking yourself how in the world an ink pen could cause a huge mess. Well let’s not forget that ink also comes in cartridges for your printer, and in bottles for those of you who use it for more artistic purposes. Hopefully this is another type of stain that many of you won’t ever have to deal with. But if you’ve ever had a pen break in your pocket then you know just how much of a stain ink can leave.

Another type of spot that you hopefully won’t have to encounter too often is ink. Remember that ink doesn’t only come in your pens but also in cartridges for your printer, and in bottles for those of you who use it for more artistic purposes. And if you’ve ever had a pen break in your pocket then you know just how much of a stain ink can leave.
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Now ink is very messy. If you don’t follow the proper techniques you can cause an even bigger mess. Because ink is usually a thicker liquid, it tends to want to stick to carpet fibers. This makes it a bit more difficult to remove with just some spotting agent.

Because ink is a thicker liquid it can get very messy. It tends to want to stick to carpet fibers. This makes it a bit more difficult to remove with just some normal spotting agent. If you don’t address an ink stain properly you could cause an even bigger mess.

Ink is a thicker liquid and can get very messy because it wants to bond with the carpet fibers. This makes cleaning it with a standard spotting agent a bit more difficult. It is important to not treat ink stains improperly otherwise you may be in for one heck of a mess.

Because ink is usually a thicker liquid, it tends to want to stick to carpet fibers. This makes it a bit more difficult to remove with just some spotting agent. This makes inks stains a very messy proposition. And if you don’t follow the proper techniques you can cause an even bigger mess.
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The first thing you want to do is get out your trusty wet/dry vac and extract as much of the liquid as possible. Next you want to treat the area with a solvent. One of the best at dissolving ink is isopropyl-rubbing alcohol. Do not pour the alcohol directly onto the carpet. Use a cotton cloth and dab the area. Once a section of the cloth gets soiled you want to switch to a clean side. Simply repeat the process until no more of the stain can be removed. If the rubbing alcohol doesn’t work you can also try odorless mineral spirits or xylene. When you are done remember to rinse the area with some water and then extract with your vacuum.

The first step in removing ink is to get out your trusty wet/dry vac and extract as much of the liquid as possible. Then you want to treat the remaining stain with a solvent such as isopropyl-rubbing alcohol. Do not pour the alcohol directly onto the carpet. Instead, pour it onto a cotton cloth and use that to dab the area. When a section of the cloth gets soiled then switch to a clean side. Repeat the dabbing until no more of the stain can be removed. When you are done rinse the area with water and then extract with, wait for it, a wet/dry vac. If the rubbing alcohol doesn’t work you can also try odorless mineral spirits or xylene.

The first thing you want to do is extract as much of the ink as possible with a wet/dry vac. After this you need to treat the area with a solvent. One of the best at dissolving ink is isopropyl-rubbing alcohol. Do not pour the alcohol directly onto the carpet. Instead, pour it onto a cotton cloth and use that to dab the area. Dab until the cloth is soiled and then switch to a clean section of the cloth and repeat until no more of the stain can be removed. If the rubbing alcohol doesn’t work you can also try odorless mineral spirits or xylene. When you are done rinse the area with water and then extract with, wait for it, a wet/dry vac.

The first step in removing ink is to get out your trusty wet/dry vac and extract as much of the liquid as possible. You then want to treat the area with a solvent. One of the best at dissolving ink is isopropyl-rubbing alcohol. If this doesn’t work you can also try odorless mineral spirits or xylene. Do not pour the solvent directly onto the carpet. Use a cotton cloth and dab the area. Once a section of the cloth gets soiled you want to switch to a clean side. Simply repeat the process until no more of the stain can be removed. When you are done rinse the area with water and then extract with, wait for it, a wet/dry vac.
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These tips should help you out should you ever have to deal with these types of spots. But if these methods do not work for you, or if you don’t feel confident enough to try them yourself, call a professional carpet cleaner. There is always one ready to assist you with removing those odd spots, as well as those of the everyday variety.

If done correctly, these techniques should help to get you out of a jam if you should ever have to deal with one of these types of spots. But if these methods are not working for you, or if you don’t feel confident enough to try them yourself, call a professional carpet cleaner. Remember, time is of the essence. Act quickly and you just might save your carpet from having to be replaced.

Now these may not be every day spots or carpet issues but it doesn’t hurt to know how to handle them should they occur. If these techniques are not working for you, or if you don’t feel confident enough to try them yourself, call a professional carpet cleaner. Just remember that whatever you decide, do it quickly. The longer you wait, the more difficult, if not impossible, it will be to fix your carpet.

These tips should be useful should you ever have to deal with these types of spots. But always remember that, when in doubt, call a professional. Professional carpet cleaners have all the tools and knowledge necessary to assist you with almost any carpet stain or spot. But you need to act quickly. The longer you wait, the more difficult, if not impossible, it will be to fix your carpet.