How to Remove a Paint Marker

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Things You'll Need

  • Nail polish remover

  • Denatured alcohol

  • Hairspray


Do a "test run" on a small area of hidden area of fabric or carpet before treating the entire stain to ensure the treatment will not ruin the fabric.

Paint markers can be a fun and easy way to decorate shirts and other fabrics, as well as a great tool to use for other art projects. If you accidentally get paint marker on a surface unintentionally, the mark doesn't have to be permanent. Removing paint marker can be accomplished in just a few simple steps.


Step 1

Moisten a washcloth or paper towel with nail polish remover.

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Step 2

Gently blot the stain with the wet cloth to remove the stain. Blot the area rather than wiping so you do not spread the stain rather than remove it.


Step 3

Repeat steps one and two with denatured alcohol for tougher stains on cloth, such as clothing or carpet. Use paint thinner for tougher stains on metal surfaces.

Step 4

Use an aerosol hairspray on small paint marker stains. Moisten the stain with hairspray and then blot the area with a dry cloth while the stain is still wet with hairspray.