My daughter recently marked on my friend's leather couch with a Sharpie permanent
marker! How in the world can I get that out? Please help!
My daughter recently marked on my friends leather couch with a Sharpie permanent
marker! How in the world can I get that out? Please help!
I tried everything from Resolve Carpet Cleaner to the vodka myth and the only thing that
worked for me was the rubbing alcohol. I was amazed at how fast it got it out of the
leather, it not only saved the leather it saved me from being in some deep trouble!
Use a very small amount of Avon Skin-So-Soft bath oil on a soft cloth and test a spot on
the back of the couch first. It worked for me. (01/18/2005)
I had tried everything on here and more to remove permanent marker on my leather sofa,
nothing worked. At wits end, I tried this sponge thing called Magic Eraser. I can't
believe it worked like a dream! As a bonus, I use this product called Gardenia leather
protective cream. Wow, my 3 year old sofa looks brand new. (12/28/2005)
I've used Soft Scrub (without bleach) and a denture brush to clean Sharpie marker off of
my navy leather sofa, wooden chairs and tables, my kitchen cabinets and my flat stove
top. I also use it to remove the stains in my white kitchen sink and from my teenage
daughters white flip flops. If you're willing to give it a try, test in an inconspicuous
place first. Good luck! (03/18/2006)
"...everything we read on this website didn't work even alcohol."
the DC area Safeways usually carried 99.9%. It's hard to find otherwise. If you do, test
it on a part of the leather that isn't easily viewed first. (08/08/2006)
My son accidentally marked our pale yellow leather lounge with Sharpie black permanent
marker. After reading through the rest of the feedback on this site and hearing that
everyone had used rubbing alcohol, I was feeling a bit desperate as I don't have any
rubbing alcohol! Someone mentioned spit, so my son used an old towel and his own spit
and it worked a treat, with no affect on the leather at all. I did this asap after it
happened though, probably no more than 10 minutes. (10/18/2006)
I tried baby oil to get black permanent marker out of my red leather purse, it was
unsuccessful. The thing that worker for me was the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Be careful
not to rub too hard because it will take some of the color off the leather, but it works
like a charm! Good luck. (11/10/2006)
I just used nail polish remover and it worked, not that much rubbing, got a cotton ball
and it worked, wipe over it with a wet cloth after you finish. It takes a little of the
shine off the couch and a little colour (my couch is beige) so you cant see it that
My husband told me once that WD-40 would remove a Sharpie permanent marker stain. He was
right! I had to apply it 3 times, scrubbing with a soft cloth each time, but it didn't
take long and the mark was completely gone, no damage done. (03/19/2007)
My 15-month-old marked my leather recliner with Sharpie, all over it! I didn't use any
of the above mentioned remedies, as I didn't want to mar the finish. You know what works?
- old-fashioned soap and water and lots of elbow grease. Sharpie is not actually
permanent, as a preschool teacher, I can tell you it wears off of everything eventually.
If this happens to you, just keep on scrubbin' - it will work. (03/23/2007)
I used OFF! just like someone earlier suggested when my little cousins completely
covered my mom's dark brown leather couch in marker. It worked perfectly. The finger
nail polish remover and WD-40 just made the couch extra shiny, but didn't remove the
stain. The OFF! worked and didn't even damage the couch (at least as far as I can tell)
I had a slumber party, and the last one asleep got a Sharpie makeover. So, in the
morning, we discovered our whole entire caramel leather couch was covered in blue
Sharpie. After my mom had a cow, and my dad yelled at me, I tried everything, but
nothing worked. Finally, I used the Neutrogena Sunblock Spray (SPF 45) which worked like
a charm. It's easier to let it sit for a few seconds. NEVER USE OIL BASED - it takes out
the top layer. (06/03/2007)
I got it all off using non-acetone polish remover called Simply Basic polish remover,
non acetone. It did not hurt the leather material nor change the colour either.
I set a back that was labeled with permanent marker on my car seat. The ink was smeared
on my seat. I have light tan leather seats, I tried multiple things to remove it and
nothing worked. I tried the Banana Boat Sunscreen and it worked. It took multiple
applications and letting the sunscreen sit for about 1 minute then wipe and reapply.
Thank you for the tip, it is great. (12/19/2007)
We tryed everything even vodka it help fade it, but I didn't get rid of it all. So we
tryed Netto Remo All Purpose liquid cleaner. We scrubbed it with our old tooth brush. And
that worked the best. (01/28/2008)
My grandson drew smiley faces all over my tan leather sofa with a black permanent
marker. I tried the Avon skin so soft oil and 95% came off with just a cotton ball.
Thank you. I did rinse with a little Dial soap and water just to remove the oil.
My artistic 3 1/2 year old used rub-a-dub permanent
marker (laundry perm marker) which is meant not to come off on a tan leather chair.
Coppertone continuous spray got it off 100% thank goodness since it was not my house he
did it at. It really really works. (05/16/2008)
We didn't have any Coppertone, but we did have Banana Boat and it took the Sharpie off of
my leather couch. This is one of the coolest things to know. (06/12/2008)
By mad dad
My son got permanent black marker on our brand new tan leather couch. I came here for
answers because leather cleaner didn't work. I tried rubbing alcohol which worked some,
but eventually began discoloring the couch. Out of desperation I tried Coppertone spray
sunblock, I was totally shocked when it took the ink off like nothing. I didn't even
have to scrub and no discoloration at all. Thanks to all who suggested it. Amazing.
Thank goodness I found this website. My husband just got a new chair and is in love
with it! This morning after a triathlon, the permanent marker on my arm rubbed off onto
the leather seat. Needless to say I felt like total crap especially after he used his
fancy leather cleaner stuff on it and nothing changed. Thank goodness for Banana Boat
Sport spray and this website :) (09/14/2008)
Thank you so much, spf 30 Clinique did the trick. It removed red gel marker off my
brown leather couch, a life saver. (12/19/2008)
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