How to Remove Permanent Marker From Nylon

Samantha Volz

Producing arts and crafts is an entertaining way to pass the time. Some crafts can be messy, though, and your clothes are often the areas that suffer most from careless crafting attempts. One of the worst art supply slip ups you can make is with permanent marker.

They call them permanent for a reason, and stains from these markers can seem nearly impossible to remove from clothing, especially sensitive nylon.


Always spot test cleaners such as rubbing alcohol on an inconspicuous area of your nylon to ensure that no damage or discoloration will occur.


Do not dry clothing in a dryer until you are sure the stain has been removed, as the dryer's heat will help the stain set and it will be impossible to get out.

  1. Blot at the marker stain immediately with a dry paper towel. Do not rub, or you risk spreading the stain around more. As you dab, you should see marker transfer onto the paper towel. Do this as long as the stain continues to transfer.

  2. Dampen a paper towel with cold water and repeating the blotting procedure. The water will saturate the stain and allow more of it to soak into the paper towels. Use cold water, as hot water could help the stain set.

  3. Soak the corner of a paper towel in rubbing alcohol and blot onto the stain. Soak up the alcohol and stain transfer with a clean paper towel. Repeat until the stain is gone.

  4. Rinse the area with cold water to remove any residual rubbing alcohol.