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Thursday's Ask the Experts: Spotting an ink stain

July 16, 2009
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Thursday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: What can I use to remove dried blue permanent marker from a nylon carpet? We found them during our last break and they have been there several weeks. We have tried working with a multi-purpose carpet spotter and indelible ink remover with water extraction to follow. One has lightened up but the other is as bright as ever.
The answer:
Ink is difficult as it tends to thin out and spread during the removal process. I''d try a gel-type solvent spotter, allow the recommended dwell time, then rinse well with a clear solvent, and repeat if lighter but still visible. End with an extraction rinse. If ink discoloration remains, add the solvent to an absorbent compound, work in and use as a ...Bill Griffin, www.cleaningconsultants.com
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