Everyone has a Sharpie-related tale, right? My daughter Britta, who was a toddler at the time, starred in mine. We were in the middle of a move, and as I was packing and cleaning, she discovered the permanent marker I had been using to name boxes.

She had already used the marker to write on the carpet, walls, and furniture of our rental property by the time I discovered her—and this was the day before we moved!

You can imagine how my husband and I felt when we discovered Britta’s work. (Let’s just say we weren’t as pleased as she was with her job.) Fortunately, I recalled reading somewhere that rubbing alcohol may be used to erase permanent marker stains from a variety of surfaces. It worked well and prevented us from losing a sizable deposit on our home.

The Ultimate Guide To Removing Permanent Marker Stains

And because I know I’m not the only one who has had to deal with the consequences of a marker disaster, this is a great chance for me to pay it forward! So today I’m going to provide a comprehensive list of methods for removing permanent markers from nearly everything. Whatever kind of thing or substance you’re working with, there’s sure to be a means to save it in the list below!

How To Remove Permanent Marker From…

1. Clothing, Fabric & Upholstery

There are several methods for removing permanent markers from fabric or upholstery, including:

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Aerosol hairspray
  • Nail polish remover
  • WD-40
  • White vinegar
  • Cream of tartar
  • Lemon juice
  • Regular toothpaste (not gel)

If feasible, place an old towel or a couple of paper towels between the stain and the opposite side of the item. This will keep the stain from spreading or transferring to another portion of the item.

Using a washcloth, dab a little amount of your preferred stain remover onto the marker stain. (It’s crucial to dab at the stain since rubbing might push the stain further into the fibres.) Continue dabbing until the stain is gone, using additional stain remover as needed.

It’s preferable to leave delicate materials like satin or silk to a dry cleaner. When you send off the item for cleaning, be sure to show them where the stain is.

2. Wood Furniture & Wood Floors

Rub rubbing alcohol, peanut butter, or ordinary toothpaste may be used as a permanent marker on wood furniture or wood flooring. Blot the stain with your preferred remedy and let it sit for a few minutes. Remove the treatment and the stain with a moist towel and repeat until the stain is gone.

(Note: Always try a cleaning procedure in an inconspicuous area first to ensure that it will not remove the stain, varnish, or seal from the wood.)

3. Leather Clothing & Leather Furniture

Permanent marker stains on any leather item should be treated as soon as feasible. Aerosol hairspray, white vinegar, or sunscreen are all good options. Dab or spray your preferred stain remover onto the stain, then wipe with a moist towel to remove it.

4. Other Furniture

See the procedures indicated above to remove permanent markers from fabric upholstery, wood furniture, or leather furniture.

One of the simplest (and most unexpected!) methods to remove permanent markers from laminate furniture is to write over them with a dry erase marker! Then, using a moist cloth or paper towel, you should be able to quickly remove all of the markers.

Here are a few additional strategies for cleaning furniture that work well:

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Nail polish remover
  • Regular toothpaste
  • Baking soda
  • Pencil eraser
  • WD-40
  • Magic eraser

(Always avoid using a magic eraser on high-gloss furniture.) They have the ability to simply remove the shiny sheen.

5. Carpet

In the past, I’ve had fantastic luck using rubbing alcohol to remove Sharpie stains from our carpet! Just be careful to blot the stain rather than press it to avoid accidentally pushing the stain further into the carpet fibres. Blot the carpet with a clean, moist cloth to remove the alcohol and stain.

Better still, use your iron to help remove the stain! (To see how it works, click on the link below.)

6. Walls

Walls are a popular drawing medium for youngsters all around the world, and they are regularly vulnerable to permanent marker catastrophes. To remove marker stains from your walls, use rubbing alcohol, aerosol hairspray, conventional toothpaste (not gel), a magic eraser, or lemon essential oil.

When touching walls, use extreme caution! If you rub too vigorously, you may remove the paint, particularly if you use abrasive cleansers like magic erasers.

7. White Board

Who hasn’t made the mistake of writing on a white board with a Sharpie rather than a dry-erase marker? It’s a simple error to make, but thankfully for us, it’s also a simple one to correct! Simply use a dry erase pen to erase the permanent marker, and then wipe the markings away with a moist towel.

8. Paper & Books

Have you ever seen a youngster draw on library books using a Sharpie? Apply a little amount of nail polish remover to the spots, being careful not to saturate the paper. Using a clean cloth, blot away the nail polish remover and marker stain. Repeat until the worst of the markings have been removed.

9. Glass

Try any of the following procedures to remove permanent markers from glass objects such as windows, glasses, or dishes:

  • Regular toothpaste mixed with baking soda
  • WD-40
  • Nail polish remover
  • Dry erase marker
  • Rubbing alcohol

Wipe the spots off the glass with your preferred stain remover and a paper towel.

10. Skin

When I was a youngster, I used to create black marker “tattoos” on my skin with my buddies. To say the least, my mother was dissatisfied! Fortunately for my mother (and everyone else), permanent markers are readily removed from skin using nail polish remover, moisturiser, shaving cream, sunscreen, rubbing alcohol, or hand sanitizer.

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