How to Remove Sharpie Ink From a Football

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Sharpie Permanent Markers are designed to leave long-lasting and difficult to remove etchings on whatever material they are used on. So what happens if you want to remove them from a football? Removing Sharpie markings is actually easier than you might think, as long as you use the right tools. Removal is simply a matter of breaking down the composition of the ink.

Things You'll Need

  • Leather football
  • Leather soap or outdoor saddle soap
  • Washcloth

Remove Sharpie Ink from a Leather Football

  • Apply outdoor saddle soap to the marked areas.

  • Rub the football vigorously with a wash cloth, until the markings start to come clean.

  • Dry the football and repeat as necessary.

Remove Sharpie Ink from a Synthetic Football

  • Apply hairspray to the marked areas.

  • Rub the football vigorously with a wash cloth, until the markings start to come clean.

  • Dry the football and repeat as necessary.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the above methods are unsuccessful in removing Sharpie stains from a football, it may be necessary to use a high pressure cleaner or acetone to remove the markings.

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