Cross states that even the smallest amount of ink has the potential to grow 100 times its size — and even bigger.
He notes that as you "release" the ink, transferring it from a relative solid into a fluid, it searches out dry material. The dry, currently unstained area of fiber around the ink becomes stained.
Cross adds that you should surround the ink stain with a barrier. Once the ink spot is surrounded with a barrier, apply a solvent to dissolve the ink. As the ink starts to spread, use an eyedropper or syringe and "push" the ink back to the middle of the stain with your peroxide barrier
According to Cross, some cleaners find success by taking the hose cuff and creating vacuum on one side of the ink stain and applying small amounts of dry solvent directly the stain.
Jeff Cross is the senior editor of CM/Cleanfax® magazine. With more than 20 years of experience in the carpet and furniture cleaning and disaster restoration industries, Cross is an IICRC-approved instructor and teaches carpet cleaning, furniture cleaning, carpet color repair and spot and stain removal seminars across the country. Visit his training website at www.cleaningprofessor.com. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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