How to Remove Permanent Marker from Fabric

Removing a stain caused by a permanent marker may seem like impossible task, as a washing cycle alone won’t lift this stubborn stain. Fortunately, with patience and some good guidelines, you will be able to remove permanent marker stains from fabric quite successfully. However, keep in mind that not all cleaning solutions work equally well on every clothing, so you may need to change several methods before the stain comes out.

  1. Use nail polish remover to get rid of the stain. Apply a drop or two of nail polish remover to the stained area, then blot with a clean, white paper towel until the permanent marker is gone from the fabric.
  2. Launder the clothing in cold water by using a cup of salt instead of detergent, as suggested by cleaners Regent’s Park.
  3. Place a stack of two or three paper towels on the back side of the stain. Apply hairspray to the stain and rub the affected area using a cotton ball. The paper towels will absorb the stain and prevent it from spreading over the clean side of the garment.
  4. Blot the stain with a clean paper towel and WD-40 until the garment is stain free.
  5. Put the stained area in a container of vinegar to soak for at least an hour, and then wash it as usual.
  6. Make a cleaning paste by mixing cream of tartar and lemon juice. Spread the paste over the stain and let it sit for about an hour. Rinse the area and wash the clothing according to the fabric’s care instructions.
  7. Apply non-gel toothpaste to the affected area and scrub the stain with a clean paper towel.

Note: Avoid washing the fabric before treating the permanent marker stain first, as this may make the stain as the name implies – permanent. If you are not sure whether the colours of your garment will stay unaffected by the impact of particular treatment, you’d better consult cleaners Raynes Park before applying the solution to the stain.

November 15, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Cleaning


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