Do Posca Pens Wash Off Fabric? 2 Simple Methods

Posca pens are becoming more and more popular around the world. The reason is because of its quality and permanency, which makes it an excellent choice to use on various surfaces, including fabrics. 

However, it’s a common question among people that “Do Posca pens wash off fabric properly?” And the answer is; usually, they do not wash off.

But it can happen that you do need to remove them from fabrics after they have dried out because you want to change the design or for other purposes. 

So if you have also been wondering about this matter, then you are in luck today! Here I will share with you some of the most effective methods that will help you in this regard.

In this article, you’ll get to know how to wash Posca pens off fabrics without damaging them in any way!

Do Posca Pens Wash Off Fabric

Important ✓

While drawing with paint pens, you should remember that sometimes the permanency of the ink depends on the fabric you are using on.

So, how you can easily remove those Posca marker stains from clothes depends on the fabric type as there are so many options like cotton, wool, silk, satin, synthetic, etc.

In the same way, you should also consider what type of marker you are using from the Posca range and how much ink you’ve used. Though they all contain water-based acrylic ink, still the permanency may differ depending on the ink consistency.

So, keeping all these things in mind, I’ve come up with some of the easiest and popular methods to give you a hand.

So, Do Posca Pens Wash Off Actually?

In short, yes, Posca pens wash off fabrics. But if I give you the long answer, it depends on some factors, as I mentioned earlier.

Even, besides those factors heat setting of the ink plays another critical role. Posca brand claims that the ink becomes permanent when it dries out completely. Still, they are recommending heat set the ink if you use it on textiles.

And we all know that heat setting makes the ink more permanent. So, while designing your clothes, if you heat set the ink, it’ll be somewhat difficult to remove than the ink you didn’t heat set.

However, you can still erase the stain completely if you follow the methods mentioned below. So, without any further delay, move to the detailed methods.

How to Wash Posca Pens Off Fabric

Well, it’s the most important part of this article as here you’ll learn about how to remove Posca pen inks from your clothes. Among so many ways, I have mentioned only two of them here as they are the most effective. And you’ll get these ingredients at your home.

So, what are you thinking about? Let’s dive into the step-by-step methods of using rubbing alcohol and baking soda with vinegar.

Method1: Using Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing alcohol is such a cleaning agent that it can help you eliminate any marker stains from almost all surfaces. Even it works on highlighter marks. And not only that, Sharpie stains will be just a piece of cake for you if you use rubbing alcohol. But how do you actually do it?

Well, that’s the main thing here. The procedure of using rubbing alcohol on clothes is almost the same for all marker stains. So, let’s see the step-by-step process of using it.

Step-1: Blotting

First of all, you have to take a bowl and fill it with lukewarm water. Now, take a paper towel and soak it into the water. Use that soaked paper towel to blot the ink stain from the fabric.

If the stain is in a small area, you can use a cotton swab or cotton ball. Continue this process and try to blot as much ink as possible.

Step-2: Rubbing

It’s time to use rubbing alcohol. If you don’t have rubbing alcohol around, you can use 70% isopropyl alcohol also. Both of these work in the same way. So, pour a generous amount of any of them into a bowl and take a clean cotton ball.

Then soak the ball into the alcohol solution and press it over the stain. Again soak the ball and press it on the stain. Do this process several times until you see that all the ink has faded away.

Step-3: Soaking

In this step, take a container that is large enough to soak the clothes. Now, fill up the container with enough amount of warm water and put 1-2 tbsp. of liquid laundry detergent into it.

Then use a spoon and stir it to mix the detergent with water properly. After that, put the stained clothes into the warm water and let them soak for 30 minutes.

Step-4: Washing

Finally, throw the clothes into the washing machine and wash them as usual. Hopefully, all the stains will go away within this process. But if any faint mark is left, repeat the whole process once more, and you’ll be able to kick the Posca ink out!

Method 2: Baking Soda with Vinegar

Baking Soda with White Vinegar

If you are looking for something natural alternative to alcohol, it’s one of the best solutions for you. Vinegar is an acidic component, and baking soda is a powerful abrasive item.

So, when these two ingredients get mixed, it becomes a powerful homemade stain remover.

Even you can remove tough stains from fabric like permanent marker ink using these two ingredients only. So, let’s find out the step-by-step procedures of using them.

Step-1: Sprinkling

Firstly, blot the stain using water and a paper towel like the alcohol method. Then take some baking soda and sprinkle on the paint when the area is still wet.

You have to cover the space adequately and let it sit there until the soda becomes dry. Baking soda will help you to soak up the remaining stain.

Step-2: Vacuuming

When you will see that the soda is completely dried, you have to dust it off. For this process, you can use use a handy vacuum cleaner.

After dusting, you will notice that the stain has faded a lot than before. But if you are not satisfied with the result, you can repeat the process.

Step-3: Spraying

Now, take a bowl and pour one part white vinegar and one part water into it. Then mix these two using a spoon well. After that, put the solution into a sprayer and directly spray it over the stained area.

You can also apply it over the stain using a cotton swab or cotton ball. Now, let it rest for 15 to 30 minutes. How much time you’ll keep vinegar solution on the clothes totally depends on the fabric quality. So, do this step carefully.

Step-4: Cleaning

Finally, you have to blot the stain using a fresh cotton ball as much as possible and then rinse it thoroughly in the washing machine. At the same time, use warm water and liquid detergent. Some people also use Oxiclean during this cleaning process to get the best results.

So, you can also try a bit of it! It ensures that your stain will go away within one wash.


I don’t recommend to use rubbing alcohol on silk or wool-type fabric. The reason is, overusing can lead to discoloring or damaging the fabric.

And it would be best if you don’t use baking soda more on delicate fabrics as it can eat away the material or fade the color. Also avoid using soap bar as it go deeper into the fabric. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: How do you get Posca pen out of fabric?

I have already mentioned the ways of getting Posca inks out of fabric. Those are the most effective and most accessible methods among all.

Depending on the stubbornness of the stain, you can choose any of the methods. Hopefully, you’ll get the result you were looking for.

Q: Will Posca pens wash off? 

No matter the surface you use, Posca pens become permanent as soon as it dries. It doesn’t just wash off with water. But you can easily remove it from skin using soap and water.

However, it doesn’t come off easily from the surfaces like paper, wood or other porous surfaces. If the ink goes in contact with water very often then the color may fade away with time.

Q: Do Posca pens stay on clothes?

Well, before answering this question, you have to know some things about Posca pens. The most important thing is that you can use it over 50 different surfaces, and textile is one of these.

So, it’s clear that you can use Posca on fabrics just like the other fabric markers, whether it’s your clothes or canvases. But to make it more permanent on clothes, you have to heat set it using iron so that it doesn’t fade away within a few washes.

Wraping Up

By coming to this point, you may have known that you can use Posca pens on fabrics. And you can also wash them off easily by following the above-mentioned method.

So, now you can customize your clothes whenever you want and remove the ink easily! Why are you waiting for? Grab a set of Posca pens and let your creativity flow!

Read Also: Are Posca Pens Waterproof?

Loard Eva

Hi there! I’m Eva, artist, designer, photographer and mom of three little gentlemen altogether. When I’m not playing with my kids, you’ll find me researching and writing for ChooseMarker.

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