How to Remove Sharpie Stains From Suede

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Things You'll Need

  • Cotton swab

  • Rubbing alcohol

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Vinegar

  • Water

  • White eraser

  • Suede stain remover brush


The best way to clean suede is to let a professional clean it. Avoid using a commercial cleaning solution as it may cause additional damage to the suede.


Cleaning suede at home may cause additional damage to the suede.

Cleaning Sharpie-stained suede isn't difficult.

Suede can make any outfit look extraordinary. Coveted for its soft feel and texture, suede is clearly distinguished from all other leather. Because it is such a delicate material, however, suede is easily stained and damaged. While permanent marker is a threat to any fabric, it is especially damaging to suede. Before you toss your favorite Sharpie-stained suede article out, with some good home cleaning tips, your stained suede can look as good as new.


Step 1

Saturate a cotton swab with rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer.

Step 2

Dilute vinegar with equal parts of water to create an alternative natural cleanser. The vinegar may initially cause the suede to smell, but the odor will fade after a couple of days.

Step 3

Blot the cotton swab onto the stained area, and the stain should disappear.

Step 4

Use a white eraser or a suede stain-removing brush to rub on the stain until it is removed. Avoid using a colored eraser as it may deposit residue color onto the suede.

Step 5

Take the suede article to a professional cleaning service if the stain remains.