Did Your Child Scribble on your Walls, Tables and Sofa with a Permanent Marker? Let’s Clean It

Found marker stains around your home? Say goodbye to them with these surface cleaning hacks.


How to Get Permanent Marker Off from Walls, Tables and Sofa | Get Set Clean
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You never know when your child can get a little over-enthusiastic and scribble on your walls, tables and sofa with a permanent marker. Thankfully, the permanent marker stain can be washed away.

Here is a guide with cleaning tips on removing permanent marker stains from various surfaces in your home.

From Walls

Walls are simple to clean while dealing with marker stains.

  • Clean the stain with a commercial cleaner that is specially formulated for non-glossy or semi-glossy wall paint.

  • Apply white non-gel toothpaste and wipe it off with a clean damp cloth.

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From Wooden Surfaces

Wood variants with different finishes are treated in different ways. If you’re unsure about what type of finish you have, we suggest you consult a professional.

  • Toothpaste is often used on varnished or unvarnished wood. Use a white, non-gel paste and rub it into the stain with a clean damp cloth, then wipe off.

  • Use rubbing alcohol to break down the stain, and wipe it off with a clean damp cloth.

From Leather Upholstery

Too much moisture will damage leather, so you need to use a method that won’t saturate the item.

  • Apply some hairspray onto the stain and wipe away with a clean damp cloth after a minute.

From Fabric Upholstery

You need to handle fabric upholstery carefully to ensure you do not damage the material.

  • Mix 1 tbsp. of dishwashing liquid and 2 tbsp. of white vinegar in 2 cups of water. Soak a sponge in this mixture and blot the stain. Then re-apply where necessary. Next, rinse with cool water. You could also swap vinegar with rubbing alcohol.

  • If your upholstery has removable covers, it’s a good idea to use laundry detergent. Just remember to check the advice on the care label to make sure the covers are machine-washable.

With the above hacks, you can easily get rid of permanent marker stains from various surfaces in your home.

Remember to always test any stain-removal solution on a small inconspicuous area of the surface first.

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