Your Ultimate Guide to Removing Permanent Marker from Anything

A few of you have left comments or sent e-mails asking how to remove permanent marker from certain items. Having to young kids of my own, I know how frustrating it can be when your two year old colors all over your furniture, clothes, or any other item. After scrounging the internet for resources I finally came up with a 'go-to' list to help you remove permanent marker from just about anything.



The Ultimate Guide to Removing
Permanent Marker

 UPHOLSTERED FABRIC

Leather Upholstery
Materials:
• Aerosol Hairspray
• Leather Conditioner
• White Vinegar
• Clean Rags

1. Using the aerosol hairspray, dampen a clean rag and gently wipe the marker stain. Switch to
cleaner sections of the rag often and apply more hairspray as needed.
2. Using a clean, damp rag, wipe the area to remove any residue. Continue this process until all of
the hairspray has been removed.
3. Once the cleaning is complete, be sure to apply a leather conditioner to restore moisture that
was lost during the cleaning process.

Microfiber Upholstery
Materials:
• Hydrogen Peroxide
• Clean Towel
• Rubbing Alcohol
• Oxy Clean Spray

1. Add a small amount of hydrogen peroxide to a towel and scrub the stain for approximately 10
to 15 minutes.
2. Apply some rubbing alcohol to a second clean towel and scrub the stain for another 10 to 15
minutes.
3. Using a clean, damp towel, continue scrubbing until the stain has been removed.
4. Remove any excess moisture by pressing firmly with a clean, dry towel.

All Other Upholstery
Materials:
• Rubbing Alcohol, Windex, or Clear Nail Polish Remover.
• Clean Towel
• Dry Absorbent towel

1. Apply a small amount of one of the above items to a clean towel. I find that towels that closely
match the color of your fabric work best (Light colored or white towels for light colored fabric
and darker or black towels for darker colored fabric).
2. Using the wet (not soaked) part of the towel, pat the stain firmly. Continue patting and and add
solution as needed until stain is gone. Keep in mind that you do not want to soak your couch.
3. Once the stain has been removed you need to soak up the excess moisture from your upholstery.
Use a clean, dry, and absorbent towel. Pat firmly until most of the liquid has been absorbed.
4. Place furniture outside or in a well ventilated area until completely dry.

Non-Fabric Furniture

Any of the following methods may work
• Magic eraser – Dampen the magic eraser with water and scrub over the stained area until the
stain has been removed.
• Toothpaste and baking soda – Mix 1 part toothpaste with one part baking soda and apply a
small amount to the stain. Using a clean cloth, rub in a circular motion. This may take a little bit
of work but it should come off.
• Pencil Eraser – Rub a white eraser over the permanent marker to erase it.
• Dry Erase Marker – For furniture that has an extra smooth surface, color over the stain with a
dry erase marker then wiping it off with a cloth. This process also works great on dry erase
boards.
• WD-40 – Spray some WD-40 on the affected area and scrub with a clean cloth.

*Tip: Permanent marker can easily cover up marks and scratches in most furniture. Just find a marker that matches the color of your furniture and fill in the scratched or discolored area.


CLOTHING

White Fabric
Materials:
• Bleach

1. Mix a small amount of bleach with water and apply to the stained area. Soaking may be
required but keep in mind that bleach may eat away at some fabrics so keep a close eye on it.
Once the stain has been removed wash immediately.

*Tip: You can also reverse this process by using permanent marker to hide bleach stains. Permanent markers now come in a wide variety of colors. Find a color that closely matches the fabric and use the marker to color over the bleach spots.

Satin

Materials:
• Thick Cloth or Towel
• White Vinegar
• Milk
• Borax
• Lemon Juice
• Sponge

1. Lay your towel or thick cloth down. This is to protect your surface area from any stains.
2. Mix 1 tbsp each of the milk and white vinegar with 1 tsp each of the borax and lemon juice.
3. Apply mixture directly to your stain and let sit for 10 minutes.
4. Dampen your sponge with cold water and dab the stain until it has been removed.

All Other Clothes

Materials:
• Acetone, Rubbing Alcohol, or Citrus Fruit
• Clean Cloth or Cotton Ball

1. For most fabrics, I would suggest spot-cleaning the area with citrus fruit (orange, lemon, or
lime). Squeeze the juice onto a clean rag and pat over the area or cut the fruit in half and dab the
cut side over the stain until the stain has disappeared. Wash immediately.
2. For more delicate fabrics such as silk and satin, dilute the citrus juice in water before applying it
to the fabric. Wash immediately.
3. If you are working with sturdier fabrics dampen a cotton ball with acetone or rubbing alcohol
and pat onto the stain until the stain disappears. Wash immediately.

FLOORS

Concrete
Materials:
• Tape and Plastic
• Goggles
• Citrus-Based Biodegradable Chemical Remover
• Stiff Brush
• Pressure Washer

1. Cover and protect any drains, vents, and electrical outlets with plastic and tape before starting
this process.
2. Wear plastic goggles to protect your eyes.
3. Using a stiff brush, apply a citrus-based biodegradable chemical remover.
4. Scrub the area well to break up the stain. Following the directions on the pressure washer use
the lowest setting and spray your area. Start at one end and work in a back and forth,
overlapping motion.

Carpet

Materials:
• Rubbing Alcohol or Non-Oily Hairspray

1. Moisten the area with rubbing alcohol or non-oily hairspray and blot with a white towel. You
will notice the stain being transferred to the towel.
2. Once cleaned, moisten the area with water and blot dry.

Other Floor Types
{Tile, Hardwood, Vinyl and Laminate}

1. Magic eraser – Dampen the magic eraser with water and scrub over the stained area until the
stain has been removed.
2. Toothpaste and baking soda – Mix 1 part toothpaste with one part baking soda and apply a
small amount to the stain. Using a clean cloth, rub in a circular motion. This may take a little bit
of work but it should come off.
3. Pencil Eraser – Rub the eraser over the permanent marker to erase it.
4. Dry Erase Marker – Color over the stain with a dry erase marker then wiping it off with a cloth.
This process also works great on dry erase boards.
5. WD-40 – Spray some WD-40 on the affected area and scrub with a clean cloth.

OTHER HARD SURFACES

1. Magic eraser – Dampen the magic eraser with water and scrub over the stained area until the
stain has been removed.
2. Toothpaste and baking soda – Mix 1 part toothpaste with one part baking soda and apply a
small amount to the stain. Using a clean cloth, rub in a circular motion. This may take a little bit
of work but it should come off.
3. Pencil Eraser – Rub the eraser over the permanent marker to erase it.
4. Dry Erase Marker – Color over the stain with a dry erase marker then wiping it off with a cloth.
This process also works great on dry erase boards.
5. WD-40 – Spray some WD-40 on the affected area and scrub with a clean cloth.

Other products to try:

• Hand sanitizer
• Bug spray
• Lighter Fluid
• Sunscreen
• Baby Wipe
• Hair Spray

45 comments:

  1. thanks for the tips! This happens if we have kids at home.

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  3. This is very useful. Thanks for sharing these tips.


    Raquel

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  4. Great solution to our common problem at home. Thanks.


    Michael

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  5. My honey collects and sells OLD video games. He bought some old Nintendo games, that a child had written his name on. In order to sell them, we needed to find a way to remove the permanent marker without damaging the plastic. We tried the magic eraser. It removed the marker ....but also removed the finish on the game. I just want to warn others out there, if your trying to remove names and personal info from plastic collectibles...DONT DO IT!!! It will mess up the plastic. Just a heads up!

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    1. I've used the magic eraser multiple times on various cartridge games with no problem.

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    2. I used hair spray on an expensive Neiman Marcus wood blazer and got all of the black magic marker stain out. I am soooo surprised and happy. I was about to cry thinking that my jacket could not be saved. Thank you soooo much, Judy.

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  6. HOW DO YOU GET PEN OFF OF COUCHES? ANYONE KNOW??

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    1. Try hairspray or hand sanitizer. Make sure you test in a small unnoticeable area first.

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  7. I thin that the new kind of acetone (bio degradable and non aggresive one) will remove permanent marker of from almost any material.
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  8. I actually enjoyed reading through this posting.Many thanks.

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  10. yes the pen stains are gone but now how do you get rid of the stiff residue left behind

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  11. The all purpose cleaner 'Awesome' takes almost any stain out, including permanent marker & lipstick

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    1. will it take permanent marker out of a comforter?

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  12. Thank you for more ideas on how to remove permanent marker from the MIL's stone fireplace before she gets home from work tonight! :/

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  13. Thank you for more ideas on how to remove permanent marker from the MIL's stone fireplace before she gets home from work tonight! :/

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  14. Thank you for more ideas on how to remove permanent marker from the MIL's stone fireplace before she gets home from work tonight! :/

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  15. Thank you for more ideas on how to remove permanent marker from the MIL's stone fireplace before she gets home from work tonight! :/

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  16. Wow. I had this meeting where I needed to look perfect because the big boss (who's a real asshole) is coming in. I got my hubby so scared I'd get in trouble for my shirt not being white enough that he bleached the shirt and faded out the patches. I try to fix it with marker and it worked well until I tried to fill in the letters. It bled. Ugh. The hand sanitizer seemed to work at first but the ink bled onto the white shirt and it is purple now. I will have to try it when I have access to running water and can maybe just bleach it again. Bad Part: The ass is still gonna see my shirt but in much worse condition than just the bleaching.

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  17. My nephew wrote on a couple pages on a very expensive coffee table book with a sharpie. Any suggestions for removing it?

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  19. 91% Isopropyl alcohol will take the magic marker off of CD cases with ease and causes no damage to plastic.

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  20. I just tried some of these things, but the one that worked for me was mothers aluminum polish. It took it off effortlessly! Try it people

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  21. Awesomw post.. Thanks for nice review, this is very great job...

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  22. rubber works on white board, letters writen 5 months ago with permanent marker disapperar in minuts, thanks awesom solution

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  23. Great blog, it provide the Ultimate Guide to Removing Permanent Marker from Anything. Thanks for it!!

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  24. Thank you so much. Red and Green permanent markers were just used to make two wonderful Teenage Ninja Turtles though on a very expensive, light beige table. I figured the table was done for. I was really skeptical, even after reading this. While it took a little bit of time, toothpaste and baking powder did the trick and it looks good as new

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  25. OMG this is a lifesaver!! We got a diary for school and i messed up writing my name neatly and then i found this!!! Thank GOD i found this

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  26. Fast Orange will do the trick , FAST! GETs marker off furniture, counter tops, floors and more.

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  27. Thanks for all the ideas. I just got a vintage wooden table at Goodwill. They priced it great-all over the wood.I'll try the Magic Eraser first and then go to the more intense methods. A tip for permanent marker on dry erase boards-a Clorox wipe takes the marker right off and leaves the board clean.

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  28. This might sound stupid, but how do I know if my car indoor roof is microfiber or regular fabric?

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  29. my nephew write in our cover set. i use acetone to removwe it. but it did'nt work it became to messy. the ink spread everywhere. what should i do my mom will angry if she knows it?

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  30. Everyone says "Try this in a small inconspicuous area first"... REALLY???? Can it REALLY be worse than the STARTER STAIN???? Good grief.... We are creating a society of victims... GROW UP.....

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    1. This is because some products may cause a bleaching effect.
      Most stains can be removed, however, bleach must be recolored/redyed or covered up. So, yes, it can be worse than the starter stain.

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  31. Any tips to get ink pen out of a shirt?

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    1. Try applying rubbing alcohol directly to the stain and let sit for a few minutes then run through the washing machine. If you don't have rubbing alcohol then hand sanitizer or hair spray may work.
      ** alcohol could cause a bleaching effect. If this happens then try to find a permanent marker that matches the color of the shirt and color it in.

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  32. What about removing from skin. My friend's children colored on each other's body.

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    1. Rhonda, my girls did the same thing when they were little. The good news is that it does wear off eventually. The bad news is it may take a day or two. I would advise against using any products other than mild soap and water as it may irritate the child's skin. Your best bet it to just wait until it fades away.

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  33. Good idea. Just wondering how long I will be dabbing this shirt with alcohol for. I've been at this permanent marker stain for a while and there's minimal improvement

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    1. Hmm. Good question Sharon.
      When I tried it on a shirt of mine I dabbed it for a few seconds then let it soak in for a minute or two. At that time the ink had faded but was still there. I ran the shirt through the wash using cold water then hung it up to dry. They I tried the alcohol again and the stain disappeared. Your results may vary depending on the type of fabric and ink.
      Let me know if it works. Good luck!!

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  34. How do I get a black sharpie stain out of a black and white zebra chair. I tried peroxide, alcohol, and goof off. Some of stain came off but then it begin to bleed and got bigger.

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  35. How do I get black sharpie off a black and white zebra chair?

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