Permanent marker can be difficult to remove from a surface.
Permanent markers can be both a blessing and a curse. People can use them to tag clothes, address boxes and make signs, but sometimes the marker ends up where it’s not wanted, like on walls or a leather sofa. Fortunately, it’s not impossible to remove stains from permanent markers. The different methods of removal vary depending on the material that has been stained, but a melamine sponge, isopropyl alcohol, nail polish remover, or even just toothpaste can be used.
Nail polish remover can remove permanent marker from plastic.
To remove permanent stains from wooden furniture markers or leather sofa, a melamine foam sponge can be used. Cleaning products are not required when using this sponge. Moisten with warm water and rub the mark in circular motions. The sponge will break when removing the stain. Let the sofa or furniture air dry and vacuum.
When left uncovered on the floor, permanent marker ink can penetrate the carpet. Rubbing with alcohol or oil-free hairspray can help remove ink from fibers. Dampen a clean cloth with isopropyl alcohol or hairspray and push it against the stain. Repeat the process, using clean edges of the cloth, until it is removed. Rinse with clean water and remove excess with a dry towel.
Hairspray can remove permanent stains from clothing.
To remove stains from plastic permanent markers, use nail polish remover. Wet a towel with nail polish remover and rub the permanent marker stain. It will take a lot of elbow grease to remove the stain from the plastic. Clean the plastic with a towel dampened with water and pat dry.
A toothbrush and toothpaste can remove marker paint from a wooden table. For the best results, use a whitening toothpaste. Put the toothpaste on the toothbrush and rub the stain in a circular motion. Start on the inside of the stain and work your way out, using firm circular motions. Let the toothpaste sit for at least five minutes and rinse well.
Toothpaste can remove permanent marker marks.
It can be difficult to remove the marker from white, hard surfaces such as countertops, but bleach and many arm muscles can work. Saturate the surface with a solution of bleach and water in the ratio of 1 part bleach to 2 parts water. Let the stain soak for ten minutes or more. Scrub the stain vigorously until it is removed and let it air dry.
To remove permanent marker stains from clothing, try spraying with hairspray and letting it sit overnight. Scrub the stain with a toothbrush and wash in the hottest water suitable for the fabric. Check for stains before drying and repeat if necessary. Once the fabric is dry, the stain will be much more difficult to remove.