How to Remove Permanent Marker Stains

If you’ve ever gotten a permanent marker stain on your clothes or furniture, you’ve probably wanted to learn how to remove permanent marker stains from items that you don’t wish them to be on. Permanent markers (also known as indelible markers) are used to permanently write on objects. Because of the different chemicals used in the permanent markers, it is more difficult to get rid of these stains than other marker stains.

How to Remove Permanent Marker Stains

How to Remove Permanent Marker Stains from Clothing

Sometimes, you will be working with a permanent marker and you will accidentally get marker on your clothing. It happens, but that’s okay! It’s fairly simple to remove permanent marker stains from clothing.

What you will need:

  • Acetone, Rubbing Alcohol, or Citrus Fruit (this depends on the fabric; see below)
  • Clean Cloth or Cotton Ball (depending on which you are using)
  1. If you are looking to remove permanent marker stains from clothing, spot clean the area with some sort of citrus fruit to start (it can be a lemon, orange, or lime – other citrus fruits have the potential to stain). Squeeze the juice from the fruit onto a clean cloth or cotton ball. Pat over the stained area until the stain has disappeared. Alternative: Cut the fruit in half and use the cut side to dab the stain.  Do so until the stain is gone. Whichever method you use, wash the piece immediately.
  2. If the fabric you are removing the permanent marker stain from is more delicate (silk, satin, etc), you can still use the above method with a modification. Take the juice from the citrus fruit and dilute it somewhat in water. After it is diluted, apply the juice to the fabric in the same manner as listed above. Wash it immediately after the stain has disappeared.
  3. If the fabric you are removing the permanent marker stain from is a sturdier fabric, take the cotton ball and soak it with acetone or rubbing alcohol. Either of these will start to soak up the stain until it disappears. Immediately following this process, wash the fabric.

How to Remove Permanent Marker Stains from Furniture

You may be working on your couch or desk and accidentally drop or swipe your permanent marker onto the furniture. It’s just as easy to remove the permanent marker stain from furniture as it is to remove it from your clothing.

What you will need:

  • Aerosol Hairspray, Leather Conditioner, or  White Vinegar
  • 2 to 3 Clean Rag(s)
  1. Different types of furniture will require different stain removers. Leather conditioner is for leather furniture, aerosol hairspray is best suited for more delicate furniture, and white vinegar works best on wood.
  2. Apply whichever stain treatment that you are utilizing to a clean towel, rag, or cloth. The cloth that you are using should be close to the same color that your furniture is for best results (light colored or white cloths for lighter furniture; black or dark-colored fabric for darker furniture).
  3. Use the part of the fabric that you have applied with the stain treatment and pat the stain firmly. Keep patting; it may take a couple rounds of application and patting before the stain goes away. Do not use too much treatment or you may soak your furniture.
  4. When the stain has disappeared, it is important for you to take the time to soak the excess moisture from your furniture. Take a dry, absorbent towel and pat firmly until most of the moisture is gone. Allow the furniture to dry before using it again.

If the stains do not disappear from these, you may need to hire a cleaning professional in order to remove permanent marker stains from your furniture.