How to Remove Washable Marker From Paper

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Things You'll Need

  • Sponge

  • Microfiber or lint-free cloth

  • Cotton ball

  • Rubbing alcohol

You can remove washable marker from an important paper your child used accidentally.

Washable markers are manufactured by a variety of companies. These markers are ideal for little ones who may get marker stains on their clothes, skin or on surfaces such as windows and walls because they don't permanently stain surfaces, plus, washable marker stains can swiftly be removed with water and a sponge. However, if washable marker gets on a piece of paper the process to remove the marker stain is more delicate because you cannot wash paper. If you need to remove washable marker from paper you'll need to be meticulous.


Step 1

Care for the washable marker stain as soon as you see it. The quicker you get the stain off the easier it will be because the ink won't set in.

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Step 2

Dampen the sponge with water. Make sure the sponge is not dripping water because it will get the paper too wet.


Step 3

Wipe the washable marker stain using the damp sponge. Wipe the region of the paper that has washable marker only. Rub the sponge gently and look at the paper every couple of rubs to determine if the washable marker is coming off.

Step 4

Wipe and blot the affected area with a microfiber or lint-free cloth to get rid of any excess water on the paper. Then let the paper dry on its own. If the washable marker doesn't come off with water proceed with the next step.


Step 5

Apply a small amount of alcohol to a cotton ball. The cotton ball should not be dripping alcohol. Gently rub the cotton ball on the washable marker stain to remove it. Test it on a small area first to ensure that the alcohol doesn't damage any writing or print that's on the paper. Once the washable marker is removed wipe the paper with a microfiber or lint-free cloth to remove any excess alcohol.


If you got washable marker on a piece of paper that is too thin chances are the ink will bleed through. In this case, removing the washable marker completely may not be possible; however, you may still be able to remove enough ink to see what was originally written on the paper.

Words that were originally written on the paper may become blurry if you use alcohol. Be extremely cautious when using alcohol to remove washable marker from paper.


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