How to Get Black Permanent Marker Out of Fabric on a Couch

A black permanent marker is considered permanent because it is classified as water resistant, adheres to most surfaces and uses dyes. If your child gets a hold of a permanent marker and draws on the couch, it may be very hard to remove. Black permanent marker will cause a stain on any couch. It is important to try to treat the stain as soon as possible to boost your chances of removing it.

Black permanent marker can be difficult to remove.

Step 1

Apply a small amount of rubbing alcohol to a clean white cloth. Make sure the cloth is only damp and does not have excess moisture.

Step 2

Blot the cloth on the black permanent-marker stain. The black marker should transfer onto the cloth. Make sure not to scrub at the stain because that could make it worse.

Step 3

Continue blotting the black permanent-marker stain until the stain is gone. This may take a little while, so remember to be patient.

Step 4

If the rubbing alcohol does not effectively remove the stain, try using non-acetone nail-polish remover. Use the non-acetone nail-polish remover in the same manner as the rubbing alcohol: Blot, don't rub.

Kim Carter

Kim Carter has been writing since 2001. She pursued her passion for writing and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in journalism with an emphasis in public relations from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2004. She has written for websites such as eHow and Answerbag.