How to Remove Paint Marker From Fabric

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Things You'll Need

  • Rubbing alcohol

  • Cotton ball

  • Paper towels

  • 2 gallons warm water

  • 1 scoop laundry detergent

Paint markers can leave a noticeable stain on fabric.

A paint marker creates a noticeable stain when it comes into contact with fabric. It's important to act fast when dealing with a stain like this. The more paint ink you can get off the fabric, the better your chances of removing it completely. Household products can usually be used to get a stain out, but test them on a small area of the fabric first, to make sure they won't bleach the fabric you're working with.

Step 1

Blot a damp paper towel onto the stain to try and soak up as much ink as possible.

Step 2

Soak a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol.

Step 3

Press the cotton ball onto the stain several times.

Step 4

Fill a large container with 2 gallons of warm water.

Step 5

Add a scoop of laundry detergent to the warm water.

Step 6

Put the stained fabric into the water, and let it soak for 30 minutes.

Step 7

Run the fabric through a washing machine with detergent. Let the fabric dry outside.


Megan Richardson

Megan Richardson began her career as a freelance writer and editor in 2009. She has experience in public relations and event planning, and she worked as a writer's assistant to a published author for more than a year. Her work has also appeared in "The Daily Sentinel." Richardson holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication and journalism from Stephen F. Austin State University