How to Remove Permanent Marker on Upholstery

June 19, 2010

Permanent MarkerA 3 year old, a marker, and a cherished heirloom don't mix well at all. I am in tears. How do I remove permanent marker from my deceased grandmother's fabric living room chair? It is a formal living room chair. It is black marker.


By Tamara Green Eddings from Woodstock, GA


Rubbing Alcohol

You might try this on a dime sized spot. Get some old rags to hold underneath the area you are testing and to blot with. Go to Walmart and get the 91 percent rubbing alcohol. Pour a bit into a small dish and dip a cotton ball into the alcohol until it's wet, but just short of dripping. Press into a small spot on the fabric, wait 1 minute or less if it starts to run, and blot. Repeat and see if it starts to come out.

Last month I realized I'd used a permanent marker on my dry erase board and removed it with rubbing alcohol. I just happened to have the super strength, regular is 70 per cent, and I think the extra alcohol helps.


Ink Away

Ink Away made by GooGone! It states that it removes ink stains from fabrics and upholstery. I used it on the seats of my van that the kids wrote on with a black Sharpie, and it took it off. It comes in a small bottle (2 fl.oz.) and I got it at either Lowe's or Menard's. It's not for use on suede or leather. Good luck. I know your pain when it comes to kids finding a marker.


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February 27, 2018

I have an old black permanent Sharpie stain on my upholstered chair. Is it way too late to remove this stain? It's over a year old! Nothing was ever done to try to remove the stain.


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Most sites say to use alcohol for stain removal but there are other suggestions as well.

  • Use rubbing alcohol. Wet a cloth and dab it on the black permanent-marker stain. The black marker should transfer onto the cloth. Make sure not to scrub at the stain because that could make it worse.
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  • Continue blotting the black permanent-marker stain until the stain is gone. This may take a little while, so remember to be patient and keep getting a clean area of cloth.
  • Here is a link to Wiki-How that has a lot of suggestions on how to remove stains but read carefully and find the instructions for your type of furniture.
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