How to get ink off wallpaper

If you find an ink mark on your wallpaper, don't panic. Whether your kids used your walls for an art easel or someone just accidentally swiped by with an ink pen, the spot doesn't have to be a permanent fixture on your wallpaper. Take care when removing ink from wallpaper so you don't soften the wallpaper facing or backing in the process. With the right products and methods, the ink will be gone from your wallpaper in no time.

Spray a light coating of aerosol hairspray onto the ink spot. Use only a small amount to cover, but not soak, the spot.

Scrub the spot gently with a soft toothbrush until you remove the ink. Rinse the wallpaper with a rag dampened with warm water. Wipe down the area with a dry rag to remove any moisture.

Make a paste of one part water and three parts baking soda if the spot is still there. Dip a soft rag into the paste and scrub the wallpaper gently until the ink disappears. Wipe the area with a damp rag to remove any residue, and then dry with a clean cloth.

Use rubbing alcohol for yet another product that will remove ink from wallpaper. Moisten a soft cloth with rubbing alcohol, then wipe the ink off gently. Rinse the wallpaper with a damp rag, then dry with a clean rag.


Always test the product you are using on a small area of the wallpaper to check for any colour changes. Check the wallpaper often while cleaning off the ink to make sure you aren't scrubbing or rubbing too hard.

Things You'll Need

  • Aerosol hairspray
  • Soft toothbrush
  • Rags
  • Baking soda
  • Rubbing alcohol
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Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.