How to Remove Permanent Marker From Microfiber


Microfiber furniture has a stain-resistant ability, which makes it easy to clean. Many stains will easily come off microfiber, but stubborn stains such as permanent ink will require a more rigorous cleaning effort. Permanent marker stains can ruin furniture's appearance, but if you follow the right precautions, you can remove it with common items found around your household.

Things You'll Need

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Washcloths
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton balls

Hand Sanitizer

  • Apply a small amount of hand sanitizer in an inconspicuous area. Test in this area to ensure that the sanitizer will not discolor or stain the microfiber.

  • Place a dime-size amount of hand sanitizer on a washcloth.

  • Rub the hand sanitizer into the permanent marker stain.

  • Apply more hand sanitizer to the washcloth. Continue to apply it to the stain.

  • Rinse the area with warm water. Soak a washcloth in warm water and then wring the washcloth to remove excess water. Scrub on the area to remove the hand sanitizer.

Rubbing Alcohol

  • Test the rubbing alcohol in a hidden area on the furniture. This will allow you to see whether the alcohol will harm the microfiber.

  • Soak a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol.

  • Blot the permanent marker stain with the rubbing alcohol.

  • Use a new cotton ball as the marker stain lifts off the furniture.

  • Rinse the rubbing alcohol off with a damp washcloth.

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