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If you love Friday Night Bingo then you’re probably familiar with bingo daubers. These handy little ink pots let you mark your bingo card so that you can win big prizes!
However, sometimes those bingo dauber bottles fall on the floor and leave some stains on the carpet. When that happens, you can be left with a colorful stain.
To clean up bingo dauber ink, you’ll just need a bit of baking soda, vinegar, and water. Then, finish up the process by steam cleaning and letting your carpet air dry.
Step One: Sprinkle With Baking Soda
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Baking soda is like the fairy dust of a cleaner’s closet – it’s a magical remedy for removing stains from your floor!
If you’re dealing with bingo dauber stains, baking soda should be your first line of defense.
Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over the entire stain. Let it sit there for about 20 minutes (this is the perfect time to prep for the next step!)
While you’re off preparing for the next phase of the process, the baking soda is pulling oils out of the carpet. By the time you come back, the baking soda should be crusty and full of the bingo dauber ink on your floor.
Once the baking soda is dried and crusty, you can break out the vacuum cleaner to get it off your carpet.
Step Two: Create a Carpet Cleaner
With the baking soda debris vacuumed up, you’re ready to move on to making your carpet cleaner.
You’re only going to need a few simple, at-home ingredients including:
- 2 cups of warm water
- 1 tablespoon of ammonia
- 1 teaspoon of dish liquid
- 1 tablespoon of vinegar (optional)
While the vinegar is totally optional, I always recommend it. Vinegar is a natural cleaning agent and also works wonders when it comes to removing smells from fabric.
Regardless of whether you decide to use the vinegar or not, you’ll need to combine all the ingredients in a plastic bowl or bucket.
Step Three: Apply the Cleaner to Your Carpet
With your handy carpet cleaner in hand, you’re ready to apply it to your floor to keep stains away.
If you have an empty spray bottle lying around you can add the mix to the spray bottle. This makes it easy for you to apply to your floor.
However, if you don’t have a spray bottle, you’ve still got options! Try wetting a rag with water and gently dabbing at the carpet.
You don’t want to saturate the carpet, but gently dabbing should allow you to get enough of the solution onto the carpet to start cleaning it without overdoing things.
Step Four: When in Doubt, Dab It Out
Regardless of how you apply the solution, you’ll need to dab at the carpet with a clean rag. This is what will ultimately lift the stain out of your floor.
Dab at the stain from the outside in. Be gentle and don’t rub at the floor, as this can spread the ink around and worsen your problem.
If you need to, add a bit more carpet cleaner. Keep working until you’ve got the worst of the stain out of the floor.
Step Five: Rinse the Carpet
Last but not least, you’ll need to rinse your carpet to get all the chemicals out of your floor. You can either do this using a damp cloth or with your trustworthy steam cleaner.
Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions on your device. Every steam cleaner is different, and going rogue can damage your device and your carpet.
After you clean the entire carpet, allow it to air dry completely before walking on the floor again. This should take a few hours, although you can allow it to dry overnight to be extra safe.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do Bingo Daubers Stain?
If you spilled bingo dauber ink, don’t panic. You can get bingo dauber ink out of the floor because it doesn’t usually leave permanent stains.
Is Bingo Dauber Ink Permanent?
Bingo dauber ink isn’t permanent, and can usually be washed out with a little bit of water and laundry detergent. Just keep in mind that you may have to run your items through the wash a few times before you get the ink out.
Is DAB O Ink Washable?
DAB O Ink is not a washable material. If you read the bottle you’ll notice that the label doesn’t state that it’s washable. Many people find that it takes a couple of days just to wash off skin.
Is Bingo Dauber Ink Toxic?
In the past, bingo daubers were often made with materials that were harmful to humans. The good news is that today most bingo dauber ink is non-toxic and won’t hurt you if you get a little bit on your tongue.