How to Clean Sharpie Marker Off Polyester Fiber

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How to Clean Sharpie Marker Off Polyester Fiber
Sharpie permanent marker stains can be difficult to remove. (NA/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

Sharpie markers are a type of marker with a narrow or fine tip for more intricate writing. Since Sharpies are generally permanent markers, they are useful for writing on surfaces and materials where a marker might easily rub off. If you have accidentally got Sharpie marker on a polyester fibre garment, furniture or other polyester fabric, you might wish the marker were a little less permanent. Luckily, there a few steps you can use to remove the marker from your fabric.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Hairspray
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Paper towels
  • Dish-washing detergent
  • White vinegar
  • Clean cloths

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Spray the stain lightly with hairspray. Allow it to sit for a few moments, then blot with a paper towel. The hairspray may loosen the stain.

  2. 2

    Apply some rubbing alcohol to a paper towel and press it against the stain. Blot the stain with a dry paper towel to remove the alcohol. Repeat this process a few times. If the stain persists, go to the next step.

  3. 3

    Mix 1 tbsp of dish-washing detergent and 1 tbsp of white vinegar with 2 cups of water. Dip a clean cloth in the mixture and sponge it onto the stain. Let it sit for about five minutes and repeat the process every five minutes for about 30 minutes.

  4. 4

    Wash the garment in the washing machine if possible. If the polyester fabric is not a garment, use a clean cloth to blot and dry the area.

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