How To Remove Toner Stains

Whether an office mishap or getting too excited over your grocery list hot off the printer, toner from your printer can leave an ugly mess behind; however, if you know how to remove toner stains then you’ll feel much more at ease when you shake the toner cartridge in an effort to get just a few more pages out of it before replacing!

How To Remove Toner Stains

If you get ink toner all over your hands, you can likely remove it with a bit soap, warm water, and scrubbing. However if you find yourself with toner all over your clothing, your desk or other countertops, or even on your carpets then you may need to break out a few other cleaning supplies in order to get the job done. As with all spills and stains, it is imperative that you move swiftly to clean up the mess before it becomes a much more permanent part of your wardrobe or office.

Another thing to keep in mind when you are cleaning up toner stains is that you need to work from the outside of the stain towards the center. If you work on the stain using any other method you are likely going to find that the inky mess spreads out and makes the situation a whole lot worse for you.

How To Remove Toner Stains From Clothing

What You Will Need Before You Start

  • Cotton swab
  • Soft-bristled brush
  • Rubbing alcohol

The minute that you see toner on your clothing you may be tempted to immediately run the garment under hot water. It is very important that you do not do this as it could result in a very sticky situation that is going to take a lot more effort to fully resolve.

  1. Shake off as much of the toner as you can, over the sink or a trash can. A lot of printer toners are a fine powder that can be easily brushed off before they become a permanently set stain.
  2. Use the soft-bristled brush to brush off as much more of the toner powder as you possibly can.
  3. Dip the cotton swab in a bit of rubbing alcohol and use it to blot at the stain carefully.
  4. You may need several cotton swabs and several attempts at working on the stain, but with a bit of persistence you will soon find that the toner stain lifts out of your clothing.
  5. Once thoroughly removed you can launder the garment as per the care instructions.

If you have found that your toner stain is set into the fibers of the fabric and proving resistant to your removal efforts then you may need to take it to your professional dry cleaners so that they can use stronger methods of stain removal on it.

How To Remove Toner Stains From Countertops

What You Will Need Before You Start

  • White vinegar in a spray bottle
  • Paper towels
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton swabs

You may be tempted to use hot water on a kitchen sponge on your countertops when you are facing the need to remove toner stains. However it is typically a better option to opt for disposable cleaning tools and a few key ingredients so that you can be rid of the stains for good.

  1. Lightly mist the white vinegar over fresh toner stains to saturate the area.
  2. Wipe swiftly with the paper towels, taking care to work from the outside of the stain towards the center.
  3. Repeat as necessarily.
  4. If the stain is proving difficult, or has become a set stain, then you will need to rely on cotton swabs dipped in alcohol.
  5. Blot at the stain carefully with the alcohol soaked cotton swab.
  6. Repeat as many times as is needed in order to remove the entire stain.

 If the fine powder is recently spilled then you may also simply be able to vacuum it up with a hand vacuum cleaner. The sooner that you get the toner up off of the surface the better your chances are at avoiding a permanently set stain.

How To Remove Toner Stains From Carpets

What You Will Need Before You Start

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Paper towels
  • Cotton swabs
  • Dish detergent
  • Clean sponge
  • Oxygen bleach

The unfortunate thing about carpets is that many spills and stains are not noticed until they have been tromped over, ground into the carpet fibers, and are now permanently set into your once pristine carpets. The good news is that with a bit of elbow grease you can soon get the stains up and gone for good.

  1. Carefully vacuum up fresh powder stains so that they are not posing a long-term stain threat to your carpet.
  2. Blot at the stain with cotton swabs dipped in rubbing alcohol.
  3. Repeat as necessary until you see the toner stain disappearing.
  4. Once the stain has been removed, mix a teaspoon of dish detergent with a teaspoon of oxygen bleach. Combine with half a gallon of cold water.
  5. Sponge the sudsy cleaning solution onto the carpet.
  6. Firmly press paper towels onto the soapy carpet in order to lift the cleaning solution and any remaining toner stain out. The reason that paper towels are a better choice rather than white absorbent towels is that toner stains are best removed and discarded before the ink has had a chance to stain another area of your home.
  7. Rinse the area well with cool clean water and use additional paper towels to absorb any excess moisture from the carpet.

This method should prove highly effective at cleaning your carpet; however you may want to consider cleaning the rest of the carpet with a carpet shampooer. This will keep your whole room looking its best!

If you find yourself needing to know how to remove toner stains from your tiled or hardwood floors then you should turn to rubbing alcohol and cotton swabs to get the stain out. In a pinch you may find that nail polish remover is effective at loosening up the stain, also.