Did Your Child Stain Your Wall with a Permanent Marker? Let's Clean It

Found marker stains around your home? Say goodbye to them with these hacks.


Guide to removing permanent marker stain from walls

You never know when you or your child can get a little over-zealous and accidentally scribble on the table with a permanent marker. Thankfully, the permanent marker isn't always permanent. Here is a guide to removing that permanent marker stain from various surfaces.

Remember to always test any stain-removal solution on a small unnoticeable area of the surface. Always be sure to consult the manufacturer's care or advice section when removing permanent marker stains from your furniture.

How to Get Rid of Permanent Marker Stains From Walls

  • Clean the stain with a commercial cleaner specially formulated for non-gloss or semi-gloss walls.
  • Apply white non-gel toothpaste and wipe it off with a clean damp cloth.

How to Get Rid of Permanent Marker Stains From Wooden Surfaces

Woods with different finishes are treated in different ways. If you’re unsure about what type of finish it is, consult a professional.

  • Toothpaste is often used on varnished or unvarnished wood. Use a white, non-gel paste and rub it into the stain with a clean damp cloth, then wipe off.
  • Use rubbing alcohol to break down the stain before wiping it off with a clean damp cloth.

How to Get Rid of Permanent Marker Stain From Leather

Too much moisture will damage leather, so you need to use a method that won’t saturate the item.

  • Spray some hairspray onto the stain and wipe away with a clean damp cloth after a minute.

How to Get Rid of Permanent Marker Stains From Fabric Upholstery

  • Mix 1-tbsp. dishwashing or washing detergent with 2-tbsp. white vinegar and 2-cups water. Soak the sponge in the mixture and blot the stain, and reapply where necessary. Next, rinse with cool water. You could also try using rubbing alcohol or a specialist stain removal product in place of the vinegar mixture.
  • If your upholstery has removable covers, it’s a good idea to use laundry detergent. Just remember to check the care advice to make sure the covers are machine-washable and follow the instructions on your detergent for measurement guidelines.

With the above hacks, you can easily get rid of permanent marker stains from various surfaces in your house.

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