Remove Chalk Stains

Chalk is often used on sidewalks and pavement for creative purposes, or on the hands for gymnastics and rock climbing, and it easily washes away; trying to remove chalk stains from other surfaces, however, can be frustrating if you don't know what to do. Don't panic! Chalk can stain a variety of surfaces and materials--here, I will go over how to remove the stains from clothing, carpet, and upholstery.

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Removing Chalk Stains From Clothes

Maybe your kids wiped their hands on their clothes after drawing on the sidewalk. Maybe you bumped into a chalk board. Things happen. In frustration, you might try and put water on the stain. This is the wrong thing to do, as it will only smear the stain. Chalk is a powder and putting water on it will only make things worse. 

What You Will Need Before You Start

  • A clean sponge
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Sticky tape
  1. First, shake out the item of clothing to get out as much chalk as possible. In a non-wet state, the powder should come out fairly easily.
  2. Next, take the sticky tape and have the sticky part facing down. Press the tape into the stain to take out more chalk particles. Replace your sticky tape as needed.
  3. Mix equal parts distilled white vinegar and warm water in a bowl or bucket and let the clothing item soak for a good 15 minutes. Vinegar is non-toxic, natural, and has many household uses.
  4. If the stain has not been lifted, launder  the clothing item in hot water with detergent.
  5. After laundering, use a sponge soaked in rubbing alcohol on the stain and scrub. Launder again after this step. 

Removing Chalk Stains From Carpet

Clothes aren't the only thing effected by chalk accidents--carpets can be affected too. Luckily, removing chalk from carpets is fairly easy. Remember: don not put water on the chalk stain before vaccuming! This will make the stain worse. 

What You Will Need Before You Start

  • A vaccum
  • Laundry detergent
  • Water
  • Towels or cloth
  1. Vaccum the area immediately after noticing the stain. Since chalk is a powder, the vaccuming should take care of the majority of the stain. Taking care of the chalk when it's in a dry state is the easiest.
  2. Mix 1/2 tablespoon of laundry detergent with 1 cup warm water. This will be an impromptu spot treatment.
  3. Use your towel or cloth to dab at the stain with your mixture of detergent and water. Be careful not the spread the stain further.
  4. Repeat this step until the stain is lifted, then dab any excess moisture.

Removing Chalk Stains From Upholstery

Upholstered furniture is nice to look at, but with ugly chalk stains, it can be an eyesore. You might want to faint upon seeing stains on your nice furniture, but chalk stains on upholstery can be remedied.

What You Will Need Before You Start

  • Hand-held vacuum or vacuum hose 
  • Clean cloth 
  • Water
  • Laundry detergent
  1. Using the hand-held vacuum or vacuum hose, suck up as much of the chalk as possible, being careful not the spread the stain further.
  2. Mix 1/2 tablespoon liquid laundry detergent with 1 cup water. Take your cloth and soak it in the solution, and then dab at the chalk stain.
  3.  Repeat this final step until the stain is lifted. Be careful not to wet the upholstered furniture more than is necessary. Removing moisture from your upholstered furniture will be more of a stressor than the chalk stain.