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Removing Permanent Marker Stains | Attleboro, MA

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

Remove stains like a pro! Tackle those stains and show 'em who's boss!

We've all seen it...the moment when your child, grandchild, niece/nephew picks up that sharpie and writes on the 

  • Wall
  • Counter
  • Window
  • Couch 

(and anything else they can reach)

Panic probably sets in trying to get to the stain before it sets in.

That's what we're here to help with!! Here are some of our favorite DIY stain removal techniques for those marker, juice, and food stains!!

Removing permanent marker from walls

Grab your handy dandy toothpaste for this one! 

Toothpaste method: Put a small dab of white toothpaste with a cloth directly onto the affected area. Don't use gel toothpaste. Run to your local dollar store and grab a tube of regular white toothpaste. Use a circular motion to remove the mark and voila!! No more stain!

Be very careful when you're rubbing the walls, however. You won't want the paint to come off (unless you have the paint handy still, you can paint over it...in that case, paint over the stain itself)

Removing permanent marker from your countertops

So, you noticed some marker on your countertops... easy fix!!

Say you have quartz countertops... luckily for you that's one of the easier types to clean, but not the most stain proof. 

Bring out the toothpaste again!! Use the same method as the wall, let the toothpaste sit for 10 minutes then use a damp cloth to wipe clean! (This works for most tile floors too ;)

If your countertops are a lighter color, use lemon juice and salt.... yes...salt. Let it sit for an hour and wipe with a damp cloth!

Granite countertops: Use hydrogen peroxide... don't let it sit for too long though. 

Laminate countertops (and floors): Here's that toothpaste again!! Use toothpaste mixed with some baking soda, rubbing alcohol, or the handy dandy magic eraser!

Removing permanent marker from glass (dishes/windows...)

You have a handful of options here...

  • Toothpaste and baking soda (MVP's of this blog)
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Nail polish remover 

Take your cleaner of choice, out it on a paper towel and wipe away those marks!! 

Removing permanent marker from your couch or other upholstered furniture

You'll need 

  • Vinegar
  • Water 
  • Dish washing soap 
  • Clean (white) cloths - White so you can see the stain lift! 
  • Rubbing alcohol 
  • Sponges

Mix together 1 tbsp of the dish soap, one tbsp vinegar, and two cups of cold water. 

Take a sponge and dip it into the mixture and dab it onto the marker spots until they're damp. Not soaked. Let this sit for 20-30 minutes and blot the stain every 5 minutes and watch that marker come out of the couch! 

Using your rubbing alcohol, use a new cloth and dab the alcohol around the stain, working from the outside in. Don't rub it in, dab it! 

If any stains of any kind have proven to be too much for you to DIY, give us a call at 508-223-0505, we're here to help!!

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