How to Remove Dry Erase Marker Stains From Carpet

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Things You'll Need

  • Box of disposable cleansing wipes containing alcohol

  • Alcohol

  • Dry cloths

Dry erase marker stains on carpet can spread by foot traffic. Quick intervention and patience can remove dry erase marker stains from carpeting.

Alcohol Is a Solvent

Step 1

Alcohol will act as a solvent to the ink in dry erase markers. Saturate a cloth with alcohol or use disposable cleansing wipes.


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Step 2

Blot the stain on your carpet and do not rub or move the cloth or wipe. (Rubbing will spread the ink back on your carpet.)

Step 3

Continue to blot and change the saturated cloth or wipe frequently to avoid ink transfer to your rug. You can add alcohol to your disposable wipe, especially when almost all the ink is removed and the wipe dries.

Step 4

The stain will eventually be transferred from your carpet fibers to your cloths or wipes. Let the area dry to ensure that the stain is completely gone and the alcohol has evaporated.

Step 5

Clean and vacuum your carpet.


If your carpet is heavily decorated (like a rug) or an antique (like a rug), seek professional cleaning services to avoid ruining the design.


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