How To Remove Permanent Marker From Anything

If you’ve got kids, you might be battling permanent marker stains. Here my ultimate guide on how to remove permanent marker from anything, but especially shoes.

One of the most common problems I’ve encountered is figuring out how to remove permanent marker from a variety of surfaces. You may be wondering why my children have access to sharpies since they stain so much. They don’t, rest assured. But they always manage to acquire them. You understand if you’re a parent.

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How To Get Sharpie Off Anything – Generally

So, whether you’re a parent (like me) attempting to erase Sharpie from the wall and the dog, or an eBay seller attempting to remove Sharpie off shoes, clothing, and other bargain items, we’ve got the method and the strength!

I’m aware that there are a plethora of techniques for removing permanent markers. However, in my experience, these are the things that have the best possibility of eliminating the stain without harming the cloth. After all, cleaning the stain is pointless if the cleaner employed leaves an even bigger stain behind!

So let’s get started! The procedure for removing sharpie off 99 percent of objects is the same:

To erase the permanent marker, wet the mark with a mild cleanser and wipe gently with a soft cloth. Repeat until the mark is no longer visible.

  1. Soak the Sharpie stain with choice of cleaning solution from the list above.
  2. Using a soft cloth, blot and gently massage the stain.
  3. Repeat until the stain is removed.
  4. Rinse thoroughly with water and a clean towel.

I’ve used rubbing alcohol to erase sharpie from a variety of objects. It is not only highly effective, but it is also remarkable in that it has no effect on the written-on-object. It does not stain, it does not make it crusty, and so forth. If you’re in a rush, try rubbing alcohol first! (Following a spot-test)

While rubbing alcohol is a fantastic solution, there are certain cleaners that are even better at removing stains from virtually anything that can be soiled. Ammodex is one in particular that I have on hand.

Amodex is capable of more than merely cleaning up markers. It removes markers, ink, crayon, and cosmetics (among other things) from furniture, skin, clothing/fabric, leather, and other surfaces. If you’re in a pinch and need anything to erase the marker RIGHT NOW, I’ll try my best to suggest some options.

How to Remove Sharpie From Shoes

So you scribbled something on your Jordans? Or perhaps your crazy ex-girlfriend wrote with permanent marker all over your basketball shoes? So, however, the sharpie got into your shoes, we’ll assist you in removing it. (However, to avoid colour loss, do a spot test beforehand.)

  • Acquire some acetone nail polish remover. If your lady doesn’t have any, go to the dollar shop and get some. Just make sure it contains acetone.
  • Wet the whole stain with the nail polish remover using a cloth, cotton ball, or q-tip (depending on the size of the sharpie mark).
  • After the mark has been moistened, use a dry or slightly damp towel to absorb the nail polish remover stain.
  • Rep till the stain is removed.
  • To remove the remaining nail polish remover, rinse the affected area with water.

Rubbing alcohol may be used to erase sharpie marks from shoes if you are impatient and do not have the proper fingernail polish remover (with the same method above).

How to Remove Sharpie from Rubber

Nail polish remover (again, rubbing alcohol) and a dryer sheet! Dryer sheets are a popular item for removing fingernail polish, but as far as we know, we are the only ones that use them for sharpie removal! There are several methods for accomplishing this, but the basic idea is to apply fingernail polish remover to the sharpie and then massage it with a dryer sheet. I generally dab some on a cotton ball and then wipe the sharpie away with a dryer sheet that has been soaked with polish remover.

How to Remove Sharpie from Leather

The sorts of leather you can erase sharpie from are as varied as the types of wall coverings. This clearly has an impact on how we tackle the problem and what we’ll use to erase the mark! When it comes to removing sharpie from leather, you generally have treated leathers (the type used in most handbags) and suede leathers (the soft fuzzy kind).

If you have smooth leather, lightly wiping the marker with rubbing alcohol may be quite helpful. If it doesn’t work, a magic eraser may usually be used as long as you’re careful.

  • Wet a tiny area of a rag with rubbing alcohol – don’t saturate it. Gently wipe the marker mark with the wet fabric.
  • Reapply rubbing alcohol as needed, and often switch to clean portions of the rag.
  • Continue until all of the marking has been removed.
  • Once you’ve cleaned the bag to your preference, condition it to return the moisture that was removed by the cleaning process.
  • Celebrate!

Removing a sharpie from suede, on the other hand, is another story. Because of its porosity nature, the marker frequently penetrates deep into the fibres. What is the solution? There will be a lot of rubbing alcohol. Saturating the sharpie-ed area completely will allow the rubbing alcohol to penetrate deeply enough to remove the majority of the stain. It’s critical to have the fortitude to see things through. When you initially stain, the stain usually spreads out and looks worse. It will finally come out if you keep saturating and blotting!

Sharpies may be removed off leather soles by buffing them with fine-grit sandpaper. This is especially helpful on worn soles when a little sanding won’t make a big difference.

How To Get Sharpie Our Of Clothes

Sharpie on clothes is the absolute worst. A toddler can’t even look at a sharpie without getting it all over his or her clothes. Employees at thrift stores appear to operate in the same manner, taking a sharpie to every piece of costly clothes to deter thieves from stealing them.

Fortunately, putting Sharpie on your clothes isn’t the death penalty you think it is. In reality, sharpie is fairly easy to remove off most clothes.

The procedures are pretty similar whether you’re attempting to remove a sharpie out of a shirt or a couch. Here’s how to do it if you have some patience!

Fabric, like suede, is permeable and poses a far more difficult task than rubber or hard leather. Sharpie has a tendency to penetrate the fibres and is quite resistant to any surface attempts to remove them.

  1. Using a cloth, apply a tiny amount of hydrogen peroxide and gently wipe the discoloration for several minutes.
  2. Repeat the process with a second clean towel and rubbing alcohol. The stain should be almost completely gone by now. If it isn’t, keep using the rubbing alcohol until you’re confident that the sharpie has been erased from the cloth.
  3. Soak up any excess moisture and wipe the alcohol off the treated item with a clean, damp cloth.
  4. Using a clean, dry towel, press hard to remove any extra moisture.
  5. Allow the material to dry in a warm, well-ventilated location.

If the fabric you’re attempting to remove sharpie from is clothes, follow these two rules: don’t use bleach, and don’t dry the item until you’re certain the stain has been gone.

Overall, bleach is a poor stain remover that will destroy most garments. Avoid it at all costs!

Also, please accept my sympathies if you are attempting to erase a sharpie from a piece of clothing that has been through the dryer. The heat from a dryer permanently fixes stains of all kinds, making them exceedingly difficult to remove. However, if you’re hopeful (or haven’t yet dried the garment), you can usually erase sharpie off a shirt or jeans by blotting the stain with rubbing alcohol.

Once you’re satisfied (or near to satisfied) with the stain level, the remainder may usually be removed by soaking the item in a stain removal solution (I use Oxy Clean) overnight and then washing/drying as usual.

I would also recommend doing a spot test with hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alcohol before removing sharpie from your clothes. I’ve never had it stain any of my clothes, but I’m including the caution just in case!

How to Get Sharpie Off Of Walls

Trying to figure out how to remove Sharpie off of walls is a difficult problem with no simple answer (sorry to say). I’m also sad to report that I’ve had a lot of practise with this recently because my 18-month-old hasn’t figured out the difference between colouring on paper, books, walls, and doors.

While the type of wall covering will determine how we erase the sharpie, there are methods for every type.

So, first and foremost, what are we dealing with? Are your walls splattered with paint? Shiplap? Wallpaper? What kind of wallpaper do you have? Let’s imagine we’re removing sharpie from a wallpaper-covered wall for the sake of brevity. Sharpie on wallpaper is the hardest to erase, therefore it will teach you how to remove it from other wall surfaces as well.

In general, rubbing alcohol and a magic eraser are the finest tools for removing sharpie off a wall. 90% of the time, saturating the area and then gently rubbing will be enough to move the mark.

But, before you begin, be sure to perform a spot test! There are many various types of wallpaper, but no matter what type you have, a grease-stained area won’t look any better than a sharpie. To prevent harming your wall covering, I have listed the items in the order in which I would attempt them. So, beginning with #1, proceed with care!

  • Water and soap. If the “drawing” is new, a bucket of hot water and dish soap may be enough to remove it. This will not work for old dried up writing, but it is usually worth a shot before calling in the heavy guns.
  • Paste of Baking Soda If soap and water fail, the next step is to rub the marker off/out using anything abrasive. The mildest variant of this is a paste made of 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water. Simply combine all of the ingredients in a bottle, apply on the stain, and massage gently with a towel or washcloth. Just remember to rinse the baking soda out of the water with a clean towel after you’re through.
  • Toothpaste. If your baking soda combination fails, toothpaste may be able to help. Just make sure you choose a non-gel version that isn’t a wall staining hue. Apply the same procedure as you did with the baking soda paste here.
  • Eraser of Magic. If your wall isn’t covered in wallpaper, a magic eraser will get rid of the sharpie every time. Simply dampen the magic eraser (with water or a soap solution) and gently rub. Abrasiveness is used by magic erasers to softly “sand” the stain away. Just be careful not to harm the wallpaper if you use it too vigorously.
  • Alcohol for rubbing. As a last option, saturating the problematic spots with rubbing alcohol and gently wiping with a cloth can erase most stains. The reason I don’t suggest it more strongly is that it has a significant chance of staining, fading, or causing the wallpaper to peel.

Things To Avoid When Removing Marker From The Wall

I would not recommend any of the products that people say will erase sharpie stains off walls. These goods are typically promoted by persons who appear to have never seen a sharpie, let alone a wall.

So, unless you want to stain and harm your wall/wallpaper, avoid using any oil-based cleansers at all costs. Items such as goo-gone, WD-40, olive oil, and oil-based stain removers fall into this category. You will almost certainly end up with a massive stain. (If you already have a large oil stain, try putting baking soda on it, letting it sit for a few minutes, and then wiping it away.)

How to Get Permanent Marker Off Skin

When it comes to erasing permanent markers off the skin, the name of the game is alcohol. In fact, the top three products I recommend are effective since they all contain alcohol and may be used together!

Sharpie removal off skin is best accomplished with alcohol and a washcloth. Allow the sharpie mark to sit for a few seconds after moistening it with rubbing alcohol. Then, using a wet washcloth (also soaked with rubbing alcohol), gently massage the spot until it vanishes.

The procedure is the same for all things. Apply a small amount on a cotton ball and gently massage the spot. If it isn’t coming off quickly, rinse it off and reapply instead of scrubbing, which may hurt your skin.

While there are certainly more ways for eliminating markers from the skin, I have used all three with wonderful success and no bad side effects. Unless you have alien skin, they will also work for you.

How to Remove Permanent Marker from a Whiteboard

Unfortunately, every middle school class has a student who thinks it’s amusing to sketch various portions of the male anatomy of the classroom whiteboard in permanent marker. While this may be amusing to 13-year-old boys’ growing minds, it may be a nightmare for a teacher who has to remove it as soon as possible!

Or perhaps you’ve just grabbed the wrong marker to put on your fridge or personal whiteboard. Rest assured, whatever the circumstance may be. It is actually rather simple to erase a permanent marker from a whiteboard, and just one object is required.

When I put a Sharpie on my whiteboard by accident, I tried everything from goo-gone to oven cleaning to remove it. Don’t even bother. You only need a Magic Eraser. Get it wet with water or Windex and wipe the unwanted marker straight off!

If you don’t have a Magic Eraser on hand, there’s always the tried-and-true method of colouring over the marker. Simply use a dry erase pen to trace/scribble over the line you wish to erase, then erase it before the ink dries. As simple as pie!

How to Get Sharpie Out of Carpet

To avoid sounding like a broken record, the answer will be the same as stated previously! The easiest approach to remove a sharpie from a carpet is to use rubbing alcohol, an alcohol-based cleaner, or an aerosol (such as hair spray).

Getting Sharpie Out of Carpet (3 Quick Steps)

  • Soak the marker stain with rubbing alcohol (or a similar cleaner)
  • Blot or gently massage the stain away until it is gone.
  • Clean up the alcohol/cleaner with a cloth and fresh water.

Because carpet is so tough, removing a sharpie from it isn’t quite as difficult as you may imagine. It is intended to become filthy and then be thoroughly cleaned. Just be careful not to use anything that might cause colour loss (like bleach) or anything oily (like goo-gone) that could stain the carpet and permeate through to the layers underneath.

How To Remove Sharpie From Plastic And Hard Surfaces

There are several methods for removing sharpie from objects like toys, plastic, enamels, and so forth. We’ve listed them in the order we’d recommend, taking into mind the simplicity of removing the stain, the mess caused, and so on.

  • Magic Eraser. Soak the magic eraser in water and scrape over the affected area until the stain is gone. This is the simplest (and least messy) approach, and it works 9 out of 10 times.
  • Baking soda and toothpaste Apply a little amount of 1 part toothpaste to 1 part baking soda on the spot. Rub in a circular motion with a clean towel. This may take some effort, but it should be possible.
  • Eraser for pencils. To remove the permanent marker, rub it with an eraser.
  • Marker that can be erased with a dry erase marker. Using a dry erase marker, colour over the stain before wiping it away with a towel. This method also works well with dry erase boards.
  • Alcohol for rubbing. Yes, rubbing alcohol and acetone fingernail polish may also be used here. Simply apply it on and buff it off.
  • WD-40. WD-40 should be sprayed on the damaged area and scrubbed with a clean cloth. Just keep in mind that WD-40 contains oil and can permeate porous surfaces.

Other Things That Remove Permanent Marker

Because there are practically an endless amount of things a 3-year-old can draw on, I’m sure many of you reading this will have particular objects I didn’t include. However, after reading through all of the ways, I’m sure you have a good idea of what works to remove sharpie marks in general.

Rubbing alcohol and/or a magic eraser are the most effective tools for removing sharpie off objects.

There are, however, a plethora of other things that individuals have had success with and may recommend. So, if you have a persistent stain, try some of the following:

  • Bug Spray
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Lighter Fluid
  • Baby Wipes
  • Sunscreen
  • Lemon Pledge
  • Clorox Wipes
  • Hair Spray
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Citrus
  • Windex

I can’t imagine having to erase a permanent marker stain that didn’t react to any of the previous products or procedures.

I hope this post was useful in preserving some of your belongings that were accidentally scribbled with a sharpie or a permanent marker.

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