Toner is a black or colored powder that is used in laser printers or photocopiers to create printed images and text on paper. Toner spills occur because of cartridges that leak during replacements or accidents in copying machines. When toner spills occur, the floor beneath often falls victim. Toner stains on carpets appear like dark soot. They are never appealing to look at and treating the stain as soon as possible is the only solution.
Things You'll Need
- Soft cloths
- Dry-cleaning solvent
- Dishwashing soap
Scoop up the spilled toner powder by using a spoon. Clean up the remainder with a vacuum. If the toner is in liquid form, blot it up with a clean, soft cloth.
Saturate a soft cloth with a solvent used for dry-cleaning and blot it on the affected area. Blot all toner-stained areas of the carpet. Use a new cloth when the previous one gets soiled. Reapply the solvent used for dry-cleaning to the cloth and blot away the stains.
Combine 1 cup of water with 3 drops of liquid dishwashing soap in a small bowl.
Dip a soft cloth into the mixture. Blot the stain using the moistened cloth until all the stains are removed.
Place a towel or a cloth over the affected areas. Press down on the towel to absorb any excess moisture on the carpet.
Vacuum the area to bring back the carpet's original texture.
Tips & Warnings
- Immediately clean the vacuum's canister or bag after cleaning up the loose toner. This will avoid redistributing the toner in the air if it is left in the bag.
- Never rigorously scrub carpet. This only obliterates the carpet's fibers.
- Hydrogen peroxide can be used in removing toner stains on white carpets or carpets that are light in color.
- Test a small area of the carpet with the dry-cleaning solvent and dishwashing soap to ensure no damage is done to the fibers.
- Use alcohol cautiously when removing ink stains from the carpet. Alcohol can disintegrate the adhesive that is holding the carpet together.
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