How to remove pencil stains

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How to remove pencil stains
Lead pencil stains are removed easily with common household products. (pencil image by AGphotographer from

If you find a pencil mark, don’t panic, as they are commonly found on walls, clothing, upholstery and carpet. Removing these stains is not difficult, however, be sure to use the proper products and methods, so the lead is not further spread onto the surface. You likely have everything you need right inside your home to effectively remove pencil marks.

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Things you need

  • White gum eraser
  • 2 tbsps. baking soda
  • Bowl
  • Water
  • Spoon
  • Soft, white rags
  • ¾ cup rubbing alcohol
  • 7 drops liquid dish soap
  • Toothbrush
  • Laundry pretreatment spray
  • 1 tbsp liquid hand soap
  • Household ammonia

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  1. 1

    Erase as much of the pencil with a white gum eraser. Rub gently so the wall and/or paint do not become damaged.

  2. 2

    Pour 2 tbsps. of baking soda into a bowl. Add 1 tbsp of warm water and stir until a paste forms.

  3. 3

    Dip a soft, white rag into the bowl to scoop out some of the paste. Rub the paste over the pencil stain until it is gone.

  4. 4

    Wipe down the wall with a damp rag to remove the baking soda paste. Buff the wall with a dry rag.

  1. 1

    Remove as much of the pencil stain as possible by gently rubbing with a white gum eraser. Avoid rubbing too hard or the fabric may become damaged.

  2. 2

    Pour ¼ cup of warm water, ¾ cup of rubbing alcohol and 7 drops of liquid dish soap into a bowl. Stir the ingredients with a spoon to combine.

  3. 3

    Dip a toothbrush into the mixture and scrub the fabric gently until the pencil stain is gone.

  4. 4

    Apply a laundry pretreatment spray to the spot. Launder the fabric as usual.

  1. 1

    Remove as much of the pencil stain as possible with a white gum eraser. Rub gently so the upholstery or carpet does not become damaged.

  2. 2

    Fill a bowl with 2 cups of cool water. Add 1 tbsp of liquid hand soap to the bowl. Use a spoon to combine the soap and water.

  3. 3

    Dip a clean, white rag into the soapy water. Blot the pencil stain with the rag.

  4. 4

    Blot the stain with a dry, white rag to absorb the moisture. Moisten a clean, white rag with a small amount of household ammonia. Sponge the ammonia onto the stain.

  5. 5

    Alternately blot the soapy rag, dry rag and ammonia-soaked rag until the pencil stain is gone. Rinse the upholstery or carpet with a clean rag and cool water. Blot with a dry rag to absorb excess moisture.

Tips and warnings

  • Always test the product you are using on a small, inconspicuous area first to test results.
  • Wear rubber gloves and work in a well-ventilated area when using ammonia.
  • Never mix bleach and ammonia, or products containing these ingredients. The fumes produced by mixing bleach and ammonia can be toxic.

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