How to Get Black Permanent Marker Out of a Quilt Bedspread

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Things You'll Need

  • 4 white clothes

  • Rubbing alcohol

  • Laundry detergent

Accidental marks from permanent pens can be difficult to remove.

Marker pens are useful for a wide range of projects, from simple writing to fine art work. They can be used on many different surfaces but, although extremely versatile, it is permanent. This means that accidental marks on tables, chairs and fabric can be difficult to remove. However, before throwing out a favorite bed quilt or clothing, counteract the solvent-based, water-resistant ink by using a few basic household products.


Step 1

Place a clean, white cloth against the underside of the stained area of the bedspread.

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Step 2

Pour a little rubbing alcohol onto the stain until it is damp. Dab the entire surface of the stain with a second, clean cloth. Do not rub the fabric because the stain will penetrate further into the fibers. The ink should pass through the bedspread and onto the cloth on the underside.

Step 3

Repeat the cleaning process several more times if the stain has not been completely removed. Reposition the cloth under the bedspread so that a clean area will absorb any remaining ink.

Step 4

Dab the quilt dry with a clean cloth.


Step 5

Wash and dry the bedspread to remove any remaining ink or alcohol. If it is not possible to wash the entire quilt, wet a cloth with a solution of 1 tbsp. of laundry detergent dissolved in 1 cup of warm water. Wring the cloth until it is only damp. Sponge the stain to remove any remaining traces of ink or alcohol from the surface.


If rubbing alcohol does not completely remove the stain, try alternatives such as anti-bacterial hand gel, nail polish remover, alcohol-based hairspray, perfume, aftershave or a proprietary pen remover.


Always spot-test an inconspicuous area of the bedspread with cleaner before attempting to remove any stain.


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