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    Getting Pencil 'Lead' Out of Carpet

    An electric pencil sharpener fell on the floor and all the shavings came out. I decided to vacuum up the shavings without an attachment, so the roller of the vacuum spread out the "lead" that was in the shavings and now I have a nice, shiny, gray-ish patch on my carpet.

    I read online to simply use an eraser to get the "lead" out, but that didn't do any bit of good. I then applied Resolve carpet powder stuff on it, but that doesn't look promising, either.

    I got the "lead" out of the vacuum roller by letting it roll on other parts of the carpet until it didn't spread any more shiny, silvery stuff, so at least I had one good idea before using the vacuum on better carpet later.

    The carpet is in the basement, cheap, brown, crappy anyway, but I would like to get my nice square (2x1 feet) of "lead" out of it.

    Any ideas? As I mentioned, everything I Googled said to use an eraser and/or Resolve/homemade carpet cleaning solution, which aren't working for me. Can't put furniture over it, either.

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    A little club soda will get that out.
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    Well, then you have to get the WD-40 out, right?
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    Toss the carpet. Your house will be healthier for it.
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    Perform a virgin sacrifice upon the affected spot. Then use hydrogen peroxide to remove the bloodstains.
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    howstuffworks - although it looks like you've tried stain remover. Hmm, Oxy clean? Baking soda and vinegar? If all else fails, hydrochloric acid should do the trick. Although it may remove your carpet as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RUOkie View Post
    A little club soda will get that out.
    also some ice, rum, simple syrup, a lime and a little mint. Apply internally until you no longer care about the carpet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coffeecake View Post
    also some ice, rum, simple syrup, a lime and a little mint. Apply internally until you no longer care about the carpet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    Well, then you have to get the WD-40 out, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wordbiker View Post
    But then you have to get the duct-tape out. I suggest this:

    HUS_3120xp_lg..jpg

    But then you'll have an unsightly hole. So you'll need some of this:

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    I agree heartily!
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    "Foo: Making your original problem much worse, since whenever. Also, bass."
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    Fifteen posts and no mention of...

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    But what about the poo and sex?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    But what about the poo and sex?!
    Done

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    But what about the poo and sex?!
    I thought that was covered by my virgin sacrifice suggestion?
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphite

    http://www.homegardenguides.com/gard...urbur-rug.html

    Graphite does not dissolve, so it has to be suspended and lifted out of the rug. Fortunately, it does not appear to adhere well to ...rug fibers.

    Here's what I did, and it worked. I put straight dishwashing liquid (Joy) on the graphite (dry rug) and rubbed it in with a toothbrush. Then I poured a glass of water on it and immediately vacuumed it up (before the water soaked in) with a Hoover steam vac (which was just actually a wet vacuum). I repeated pouring water on it/vacumming it over and over until the graphite and the soap was gone. Also had to reapply the soap a few times. It worked surprisingly well and did not take that long to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SleepySmurf View Post
    Huh . . . surprised it would leave that big of a mess. Bummer. Have you used a steam cleaner on it?
    Wayyy to sensible. You need to hang around and get beat up in the 41 before you post your silly logic here.

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    Buy a large piano. Place over stain. The simplest solutions are always the best.
    "I heard the music and I wrote to it. Some people beat drums, some people strum guitars. It's all in the music you hear" ~ Hunter S. Thompson

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    Pour a glass of red wine over it. You should no longer see the graphite stain.

    Alternatively, just stain the rest of the carpet with Graphite.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nekohime View Post
    I thought that was covered by my virgin sacrifice suggestion?
    Depends on how the sacrifice goes, I guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Connell View Post
    Buy a large piano. Place over stain. The simplest solutions are always the best.
    Ha, I got most of it out, but then I positioned a bookcase near it so the shadow of the bookcase covers the mark. It just looks like a shadow now, I I know the real deal. (My wife looked at it and thought it was totally gone, ha!)

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