How to Get Sharpie Off Stuff


Recognized for their vast assortment of tip widths and ink pigments, Sharpie brand markers distribute bold, permanent ink. Sharpie ink contains various dyes and pigments that won't fade on surfaces. Although functional and convenient, Sharpie ink can leave distinct marks on undesired surfaces. Permanent ink, regardless of color, makes fabric and hard surfaces appear shabby. The key to removing Sharpie is to address the ink mark before it sets. If neglected, Sharpie can stay on surfaces for many months or years, depending on how absorbent the affected surface is. Immediately remove Sharpie from surfaces using basic supplies.

Things You'll Need

  • White paper towels
  • Cotton balls
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Washing machine
  • 2 oz. laundry detergent
  • Household cleaning cloth
  • Dry towel

Fabric Surfaces

  • Lay the Sharpie-blemished fabric stain side down on a neat stack of white paper towels. This gives you access to the backside of the Sharpie stain.

  • Wet an ordinary cotton ball with pure rubbing alcohol.

  • Dab the underside of the Sharpie-stained fabric with the wet cotton ball to dissolve the ink blotch. Blot from the edges of the stain working inward. Replace the cotton ball and paper towels as soon as they become ink-stained.

  • Continue blotting the Sharpie-stained fabric with freshly moistened cotton balls until the Sharpie stain dissolves and disappears from the fabric.

  • Flush the fabric with hot water to rinse out all rubbing alcohol.

  • Launder the fabric according to its care label's instructions. Add 2 oz. of ordinary laundry detergent to the wash.

  • Let the freshly laundered fabric air-dry.

Hard Surfaces

  • Wet an ordinary cotton ball with pure rubbing alcohol.

  • Dab the Sharpie stain with the wet cotton ball to dissolve the ink blotch. Replace the cotton ball as soon as it acquires ink.

  • Proceed dabbing the Sharpie stain with clean alcohol-moistened cotton balls until the ink completely dissolves and disappears from the surface.

  • Dampen a household cleaning cloth with water. Wipe all rubbing alcohol off the surface.

  • Wipe a dry towel over the surface to absorb the lingering moisture. Thoroughly dry the surface.

Tips & Warnings

  • Spot-test a small portion of rubbing alcohol on the affected surface to inhibit any discoloration.

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