How to Get Sharpie Marker off a Canvas Tote


Sharpie markers rose to popularity during the 1960s because they were the first mass-produced "permanent" markers that wrote cleanly on paper without leaving smudges or smears. Sharpie markers come in a variety of colors and sizes and are still used in offices and homes across America. A Sharpie marker stain on canvas is difficult to remove, but through the use of household stain busters it can be greatly reduced in size and color.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towel
  • Cotton balls
  • Hairspray
  • Lay the canvas tote onto a flat surface.

  • Place a piece of paper towel inside of the bag directly under the Sharpie marker stain.

  • Spray a cotton ball liberally with hairspray.

  • Dab at the sharpie marker stain with the cotton ball. You will notice that the cotton ball will slowly begin to pull up the stain.

  • Continue to dab the stain with the hairspray soaked cotton ball until you remove as much of the stain as possible. Use a new cotton ball when required.

  • Remove the paper towel from the inside of the bag, which was there to protect the other side of the bag from becoming soaked with permanent ink.

  • Launder the canvas tote according to the label's directions.

  • Remove the tote from the washing machine and allow it to air-dry. If there is still Sharpie stain remaining, continue to blot it with the hairspray.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not place the canvas tote into the dryer. This will set any remaining stain, making it impossible to remove.

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