Permanent Marker Stain
Removal Solutions




This is your step by step guide to permanent marker stain removal from clothes, fabrics, carpets and upholstery.

As the name indicates, permanent markers are permanent - so you may not be able to remove them completely. You can lighten the stain significantly though, and may be able to lighten it enough that it will be hardly noticeable.

Below are solutions on how to remove a permanent marker stain from clothes & fabrics, removing permanent marker stains from carpets & upholstery, and from hard surfaces.


Permanent marker stain removalDescription: A type of marker pen that is used to create permanent writing on an object. Removing ink stains from a permanent marker is no easy task – the substance’s very existence depends upon its tenacity. Lab workers can spend years developing formulas that will be absolutely impossible to remove and this feature is the main selling point for consumers.

Permanent ink is a stain without season – it is not bound by weather or month. Prime spots to remove permanent marker stains are shirts, especially sleeves and cuffs, as well as pants.

Tip: This stain needs immediate treatment. Check the ink manufacturer to see if a particular solvent is recommended; use this before employing the stain removal steps that follow.


Permanent Marker Ink Stain Removal from Clothes & Fabrics

1. Try pouring water through the stain before it dries, until pigments are removed.

2. Allow to dry.

3. If you notice some reduction in stain, sponge with dry-cleaning solvent.

4. Allow to dry.

5. Rub liquid household cleaner into stain.

6. Rinse.

7. Soak stain (possible overnight) in warm water to which 1 to 4 tablespoons of household ammonia have been added.

8. Rinse and repeat treatment if necessary; launder.


Permanent Marker Ink Stain Removal from Carpets & Upholstery

1. Moisten the stain lightly with rubbing alcohol or hairspray and lightly blot with a white towel.

2. You should see the marker marks being transferred to the towel.

3. Repeat to remove as much of the marker stain as possible.

4. Once the stain is gone, moisten the area with water and then blot with a clean, dry towel until the carpeting is dry.


Permanent Marker Stain Removal from a Hard Surface (such as wood, paneling, or tile)

1. Dampen a cloth with nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol and wipe stain.

2. Rinse surface with water.

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 as needed.

Have you reached permanent marker stain removal success? I hope so!


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