Remove Permanent Marker from Fabric

How to Get Permanent Marker Out of Fabric?

Permanent marker stains are an issue that many people face at least once!
Whether it is because the kids were messing around with the marker, or an accident occurred in the office – not having the right information might ruin a beautiful piece of fabric very quickly.

However, when it happens, it is not the end of the world. There are several methods to remove permanent marker successfully, and through this article, you'll find all the necessary information to erase those unpleasant stains. The best thing about these methods?

They require the use of basic ingredients that everyone has around the house. So let’s check out these stain-removal methods!

Method 1: Using Baking Soda

Baking soda is one of the most effective methods to remove permanent marker from cloth and different types of fabric. Its efficiency lies in the fact that almost every household has baking soda, which allows you to act quickly to get rid of stains.

  • The first step is sprinkling a small amount of baking soda on the stain, which will soak up the remaining liquid.
  • Let it do its job for a couple of minutes. Then, dust it off. Using a vacuum to remove it works as well.
  • Spray an equal amount of water and white vinegar right on the stain using a cotton swab.
  • Let it soak as much as you deem necessary. The estimated time for this step is 15 to 30 minutes.
  • Finally, bloat and rinse.

Method 2: Using Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing alcohol is yet another substance every household has stored somewhere. People often use it for treating cuts and scrapes, but it is an incredible solution for other issues as well, like marker stains on fabric.
To use it, follow the next steps;

  • Fold a paper towel twice and put it in the fabric with the stain, right behind it. It will work as support.
  • Soak a sponge with rubbing alcohol and use it to blot the marker stain.
  • Turn the fabric around, putting the stained side lying face down. Place it over a new folded paper towel. Continue using the sponge with alcohol to rub the other side.
  • Find a fresh area on the sponge and pour some laundry detergent over it. Continue rubbing the stain. If the paper towel gets too wet, replace it with another one as many times as necessary.
  • Keep rubbing the sponge with the laundry detergent until it removes the stain.
  • Wash the clothing piece using detergent at a hot temperature, but make sure it is not too hot, otherwise it could ruin the fabric. After it finishes, the stain should be off.


Method 3: Using Hair Spray

Using hair spray to remove marker ink from fabric is interesting because there are plenty of people who consider it works, while many more think it does not. Either way, when in a dire situation, using this method is a possible solution that could get you out of trouble.

The process is quite simple too.

  • Use the hair spray on the stain, and then wait for 30 seconds or a minute before wiping the stain off.
  • If it takes more than that, consider using a cotton ball. Soak the cotton ball with the hair spray, and press it against the stain. If the stain starts transferring to the cotton ball, it means it is working.
  • Continue doing the operation until it takes the stain off. Then, wash the fabric.


Method 4: Using Hand Sanitizer

The marketing strategy for hand sanitizers doesn't usually include removing stains, but it definitely should. It is an unexpected method that ensures the marker and many other stains don't last long on fabric.

  • To remove stains using hand sanitizer, cover the stain with it.
  • Then, let it sit for about 10 minutes.
  • Follow up by washing the piece of fabric in a washing machine using hot water.

Method 5: Lemon Juice and Toothpaste

If using the methods above is not an option for you, try using lemon juice and toothpaste. They're easily accessible, and every household has at least one.

  • Using toothpaste to remove stains is easy. Put enough of it to cover the stain, and then rub it using enough strength.
  • To use the lemon juice, you must scrub the stain using a combination of the same amount of lemon juice and water.
  • For ink stains, use a paste of lemon juice combined with tartar cream. This combination works better if the stain is recent.
  • Combining both the lemon juice and toothpaste works, too. Just make sure to use equal amounts for both substances.

Important Tips and Advice

Regardless of the method, there are a couple of tips and advice that everyone should follow before attempting to remove permanent marker from fabric. These tips are the following;

  • Use a disposable item below the marker stain before starting to rub. Paper towel works great to absorb the stain, and you can dispose of it later.
  • If you decide to use chemicals to remove the permanent marker, make sure to wear gloves. Also, keep the chemicals far away from the children.
  • Washing the fabric on a hot temperature is recommended to remove the stains successfully. However, make sure to check what is the highest temperature the fabric can resist.
  • There are plenty of methods to remove permanent marker off the fabric. The methods listed here are the most popular, but if they don't work for you, there are plenty of more you could try.
  • If you use certain chemicals, use it wisely to avoid damaging other areas of the fabric that don't have stains.

Conclusion

After reading about the different methods to remove permanent marker, the only thing to worry about if an ink incident occurs is to act quickly.

About the Author 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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