How to Clean Sharpie Marker Off Polyester Fiber

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Things You'll Need

  • Hair spray

  • Rubbing alcohol

  • Paper towels

  • Dish-washing detergent

  • White vinegar

  • Clean cloths

Sharpie permanent marker stains can be difficult to remove.

Sharpie markers are a type of marker with a narrow or fine tip for more intricate writing. Since Sharpies are generally permanent markers, they are useful for writing on surfaces and materials where a marker might easily rub off. If you have accidentally gotten Sharpie marker on a polyester fiber garment, furniture or other polyester fabric, you might wish the marker were a little less permanent. Luckily, there a few steps you can use to remove the marker from your fabric.


Step 1

Spray the stain lightly with hair spray. Allow it to sit for a few moments, then blot with a paper towel. The hair spray may loosen the stain.

Step 2

Apply some rubbing alcohol to a paper towel and press it against the stain. Blot the stain with a dry paper towel to remove the alcohol. Repeat this process a few times. If the stain persists, go to the next step.

Step 3

Mix 1 tbsp. of dish-washing detergent and 1 tbsp. of white vinegar with 2 cups of water. Dip a clean cloth in the mixture and sponge it onto the stain. Let it sit for about five minutes and repeat the process every five minutes for about 30 minutes.

Step 4

Wash the garment in the washing machine if possible. If the polyester fabric is not a garment, use a clean cloth to blot and dry the area.



Steven French

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