Marker Stains on Fabric, Upholstery and Carpet
- Treat the stain as soon as possible, to increase the probability of getting it out. Place the stain on a flat surface on top of paper towels.
- Sponge rubbing alcohol onto the fabric around the stain, before applying it directly to the stain. This will help to keep marker bleeding to a minimum. Continue adding alcohol to the stain, changing paper towels frequently, to draw out as much ink as possible.
- Dab nail polish remover onto the stained fabric. If the stain still is not gone, rinse the area with water, blot dry and try dabbling with a paint thinner, such as turpentine. Whether the stain is fully removed or not, be sure to launder the stained garment immediately after.
- Remove stains from upholstery with one tablespoon dish washing detergent, one tablespoon vinegar with two cups of cool water. Saturate the stained upholstery with the liquid, and blot the stain with a dry cloth or paper towel every five minutes, adding more liquid to saturate. Continue this process for thirty minutes.
- Rinse the upholstery stain with cool water, blot dry, saturate with rubbing alcohol and blot dry again. Rinse the stain with cool water and dry. If the stain remains, repeat the process with one teaspoon of dish washing liquid, one teaspoon of ammonia and two cups of cool water.
- Remove stains from the carpet with one tablespoon dish washing liquid, one tablespoon vinegar with two cups of warm water. Blot the carpet stain with the solution, blot dry with a clean cloth or paper towel, and repeat until the stain is lifted. Rinse with water and blot dry.
- Add rubbing alcohol to the carpet, if the stain has still not lifted. Allow it to air dry, rinse with cold water and blot dry. If the stain is still not lifted, mix one teaspoon of dish washing liquid, one tablespoon ammonia and two cups of warm water. Blot dry every five minutes, add more stain fighting liquid and repeat this process for thirty minutes.
Marker Stains on Walls and Furniture
- Apply WD-40 to the stain and cover it with plastic wrap. Leave it for five minutes. Wash off with a sponge, warm water and a few drops of dish detergent.
- Remove marker stains from walls and furniture with Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. This sponge is non-corrosive, and removes crayon, ink and marker stains like... well, like magic. Dip the eraser in warm water, and rub the stain in circles.
- Remove marker stains from walls and furniture with Goof Off. This stain removing solution will even remove dried latex paint from surfaces such as furniture, trim and floors. Another non-corrosive stain fighting agent is white toothpaste.