How to Get Sharpie Marker off a Canvas Tote

Sharpie markers rose to popularity during the 1960s because they were the first mass-produced "permanent" markers that wrote cleanly on paper without leaving smudges or smears. Sharpie markers come in a variety of colors and sizes and are still used in offices and homes across America. A Sharpie marker stain on canvas is difficult to remove, but through the use of household stain busters it can be greatly reduced in size and color.

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Use hairspray to remove an unsightly Sharpie marker stain.

Step 1

Lay the canvas tote onto a flat surface.

Step 2

Place a piece of paper towel inside of the bag directly under the Sharpie marker stain.

Step 3

Spray a cotton ball liberally with hairspray.

Step 4

Dab at the sharpie marker stain with the cotton ball. You will notice that the cotton ball will slowly begin to pull up the stain.

Step 5

Continue to dab the stain with the hairspray soaked cotton ball until you remove as much of the stain as possible. Use a new cotton ball when required.

Step 6

Remove the paper towel from the inside of the bag, which was there to protect the other side of the bag from becoming soaked with permanent ink.

Step 7

Launder the canvas tote according to the label's directions.

Step 8

Remove the tote from the washing machine and allow it to air-dry. If there is still Sharpie stain remaining, continue to blot it with the hairspray.