Wednesday, 28 August 2013

How To Remove Permanent Marker From Anything

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If you have kids, then removing permanent marker from something which wasn't meant to be permanent markered is a problem you will most likely face at some point. With two boys, I now consider myself to be quite an expert on the topic and have compiled all of my relevant cleaning tips into one handy post. I've even put together a free printable so that you can print it off for easy reference!

These suggestions mostly have a good success rate and can mostly be implemented without worry of causing further damage or staining. However, as a little disclaimer I will say that you should always test the method on a discrete area before attempting the actual stain removal. 

How To Remove Permanent Marker From Any Surface



Skin

You can try:

·         Baby oil or lotion
·         Hand sanitizer

Soak a cotton wool ball in one of the above and gently rub onto the affected area until the stain is gone.


Clothing

You can try:

·         Hand sanitizer
·         Hairspray
·         Rubbing alcohol

Moisten the stain with one of the above and blot with a clean cloth. Repeat if until all of the marker pen has lifted from the garment.


Flooring: Carpets and Rugs

You can try:

·         White vinegar
·         Hairspray
·         Rubbing alcohol

Moisten the affected area with one of the above and blot with a clean towel. Do not rub the stain as it can make it worse. Repeat until the stain is fully removed.

Flooring: Hard Surfaces

You can try:

·         Toothpaste and baking soda (ratio 1:1)
·         White vinegar
·         Acetone (such as nail varnish remover)

Gently rub one of the above into the affected area and scrub with a cloth until the stain is no longer visible. A second application may be necessary.

Upholstery: Fabric

You can try:

·         Hand sanitizer
·         Hairspray
·         Acetone (such as nail varnish remover)

Apply one of the above to a clean cloth and blot the stain. Repeat application until the stain has lifted.

Upholstery: Leather

You can try:

·         Hairspray

Apply to a clean cloth and blot the affected area. The stain should transfer to the cloth.

Walls

You can try:

·         Whitening toothpaste
·         Hand sanitizer
·         Acetone (such as nail varnish remover)

Rub one of the above into the stain with a clean cloth. Use a gentle circular motion to avoid removing paint.

Household Appliances

You can try:

·         White vinegar
·         Acetone (such as nail varnish remover)

Rub one of the above into the marker pen stain with a clean cloth. 

White Board

You can try:

·         Dry erase marker

Draw over the affected area with a dry erase marker, then wipe the pen away with a cloth.

Household Products That Might Remove Permanent Marker...


It is very hard to write a post on removing permanent marker pen because there are a lot of variables that will affect the stain removal process (the surface, the pen used, the age of the stain, etc). So in addition to the guide I've given above I thought it would be a good idea to include a comprehensive list of everyday household products you can use for marker pen removal, in case your problem isn't covered, or my suggestion has failed for you.

Obviously, you need to exercise a bit of common sense when attempting to remove the stain. Some of the suggestions will only work in specific scenarios, for instance dry erase pens usually work on hard, wipeable surfaces but will only ruin your fabric sofa further! You should also be very careful about using abrasive substances on delicate surfaces.

Permanent marker pen can sometimes be removed with:

Baby wipes
Baby lotion
Baby oil
Hand sanitizer
Lemon juice
White vinegar
Acetone
Rubbing alcohol
Dry erase pens
Hairspray
Toothpaste
Bleach
WD-40
Magic eraser

If you know of any other clever ways to remove permanent marker, let me know in the comments!

6 comments:

  1. Great tips! I'd love for you to link it up on my blog for my DIY Weekend link party.

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  2. I use deo-spray with alcohol to clean marker from transparency film ..Never try to clean marker from other stuff just from transparency film..Thanks for all your good ideas:)

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  3. Great resource! I am sure I'll need this sometime during this new school year! Thanks for sharing at Wicked Good Wednesdays!

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  4. Great information! With four kids it seems like I have marker somewhere where it's not supposed to be :)

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  5. I am sure this will come in handy with our kids! Thanks for sharing this great tip!

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