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

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Things You'll Need

  • Rubbing alcohol

  • Clean white cloth

  • Non-acetone nail-polish remover


Always test an inconspicuous spot on the couch with the rubbing alcohol or non-acetone nail-polish remover in order to make sure the substances won't damage the fabric.

Black permanent marker can be difficult to remove.

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.


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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.