Removing Sharpie From Couch

My son got permanent, Sharpie marker on my friend's couch. It is a light green cloth material. We put hairspray on it and it seemed to dull it but did not take it away. Do you know anything that will take it off? Help. Thanks in advance.




Removing Sharpie From Couch

Hi missp,

Answers and comments provided on Google Answers are general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice.

With that said, I think your best bet is to go with what the Sharpie site recommends - AMODEX STAIN REMOVER. In addition, I've provided information from Message Boards in regards to removing permanent ink stains from leather/vinyl fabric. I do wish you good luck!

"How do I remove a permanent marker stain?"

The successful stain removal of ink stains differs from case to case because of the many types of fabrics, colors, inks and time elapsed before stain removal. We cannot guarantee stain removal since many variables can be involved. Testing first is always recommended as well as following both the stain remover and clothing manufacturer's instructions. Following these steps should result in partial or complete removal.


General Rules:

  1. Treat stains as soon as possible. Fresh stains can be removed more easily than old ones.

  2. Check manufacturer's labels as to fabric content and any special instructions

  3. Always test stain removal solution first on a hidden part of the article or on swatch of fabric taken from seam allowance to insure no color loss or damage will occur.

  4. Where possible, lay stained article face down on paper towels or clean white cloth and apply stain removal solution to underside of stain so that stain can be removed from the surface instead of pushing it through the fabric. Replace towels or cloth as they absorb stain to prevent stain transfer.

  5. If enlisting the aid of a professional laundry or dry cleaner, be sure to indicate what the stain is and the type of fabric.

  6. Do not iron stained garments or put in dryer as this may set stain.

Also try AMODEX STAIN REMOVER for permanent ink: Amodex Products, P.O. Box 3332, Bridgeport, CT 06605, Phone:(203) 335-1255

Contact Sharpie

You can also call our Consumer Affairs staff at Sanford Corporation between the hours of 7:30 am 5 pm CST, Monday through Friday at 1-800-323-0749.

By Robyn

Removing Sharpie From Couch

My son did this too. I think I scrubbed with toothpaste right away. My husband used turpentine for the walls. I suppose if you tested some hidden area of the couch first, you could try the turpentine.

Good Luck! (10/31/2004)

By Lee-Ann

Removing Sharpie From Couch

You might try using nail polish remover. When my son was little, he drew on my white cupboards with black permanent magic marker. Nail polish remover was the only thing I could find to take all of it off! (10/31/2004)


By Jackolyn Smith

Removing Sharpie From Couch

Thank you so much! I have received lots of helpful hints. My friend has not tried anything else yet though and now I am afraid that it may have set too long. I wish she was as worried as me. It is all over the front of her couch and on one of the throw pillows. I feel terrible. I have called every night to check on it since it happened and she and her husband keep saying, 'we haven't tried anything yet'. I am going to give her all of the suggestions tomorrow and then I am going to drop it. I told her to tell me if it was ruined and I would replace the couch. I guess I will leave it in her hands after this. Thanks again. Jill (11/03/2004)

By ThriftyFun

Removing Sharpie From Couch

I have always used a clean rag and hair spray. Keep spraying the hair spray on the spots and blot, let the rag absorb the ink, don't rub. Keep going back to the stains after the hair spray dries until all the stain is gone. (11/04/2004)


By Heather

Removing Sharpie From leather

Baby wipes work great on leather. Try to get to it fast but if it is dried it may take some elbow. I was able to remove 98% of red sharpie off yellow leather sofa. (12/19/2004)

By susan

Removing Sharpie stain on wood

My daughter was using a Sharpie marker and made a stain on my boyfriends great-grandfathers home-made hutch. How can I remove the stain from the wood? (02/08/2005)

By Dawn

Removing Sharpie From Couch

Hi Dawn, for wood, I'd run out and get a Magic Eraser and try that first. If that doesn't work, then try rubbing alcohol.

By Susan from ThriftyFun (02/08/2005)

Removing Sharpie From Couch

First, know what to use before it happens, and have it on hand! Time is of Essence! I used Aerosol hairspray, pump hair spray did not work as well, and it seemed to work, also rubbing alcohol, magic eraser did nothing, Amodex is not at stores, so order it for the on hand part, and I had a red sharpie on an antique pine dresser--sort of came out, but, again, wish I had everything on hand. Yes nail polish remover helped, but harsh on wood. Carbona Ink and stain for fabric did not work, just a desperate try on my part. At least most of it is on my two year old, and nail polish remover does take it off skin, that and bath.(11/08/2005)


Removing Sharpie from piano keys!

My two year old just took a black Sharpie to all but one key on the piano! I immediately scrubbed at it with Windex and then with Sebastian Strong Hold hair spray. I am AMAZED and THRILLED to say that there is no trace of the ink and the piano keys are still intact! Thanks for the hair spray tip from this board! (03/22/2006)

Removing Sharpie From Couch

Well, I had a two year old write on my cream colored leather sofa with an ink pen. After reading the commends on Sharpie removal, I tried Dr. Tichenor's mouthwash because of the suggestion about the effectiveness of the alcohol and I couldn't find anything else around the house with that much alcohol in it. Well, it worked great. Thanks for your help. (12/05/2006)

By Chandra

Removing Sharpie stain on wood

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and a little elbow grease worked wonderfully on the sharpie marker on my dining room table (12/31/2006)

By JoJo

Removing Sharpie From Couch

I tried rubbing alcohol and it works. Thanks (02/21/2007)

By Annie

Removing Sharpie From Couch

Aerosol hairspray got blue Sharpie out of a very expensive wool rug. I tried Magic Eraser, hair spray, and baby wipes on a vinyl chair and it faded it but did not remove all of the marks. Any tips on a 2 year old that says he wrote on the chair because it was too hard to draw on the rug? (03/01/2007)

By Kim, mom of 2 year old

Removing Sharpie From Couch

Don't use the magic eraser on every leather couch to get off Sharpie marks. It erased the brown color in my couch. I paid $1,800.00 for that couch. I thought it was ruined but brown shoe polish help put the color right back and it looked great! FYI!

I also used 100% acetone nail polish remover on the glass door and it worked out great! Just don't use it on anything with paint or wood stain. It will ruin it! (05/04/2007)

By M.Townsend

Removing Sharpie From Computer Monitor

My two year old decided that it would be fun to color with black sharpie all over my computer monitor. After trying a few things that didn't work, Regular nail polish remover with a cotton ball and then a little hair spray did the job! No traces of sharpie anymore. (05/21/2007)

By Maureen

Removing Sharpie From Couch

WD-40 just worked on our piano keys. (11/15/2007)

By Daddy of twins

Removing Sharpie From Couch

I used spot shot, and it pulled purple sharpie marks right off my brown couch as it dried. I let it sit for awhile, and when I went to check on it, it had dried, and lifted the stain out! I am trying it on a white couch today. My 18 month old made huge black sharpie zebra stripes on my white couch. I tried the aerosol hairspray, which lightened it, and made it run a little. We'll see. (02/03/2008)

By jess

Removing Sharpie From Couch

Well I recently accidentally put sharpie marks all over my wall and I used Clorox and the stains came off. DON'T DO THIS ON ANY CLOTH MATERIALS UNLESS THEY'RE WHITE. (06/26/2008)

By JMiguel

Removing Sharpie From Couch

I just used white board cleaner. After it sat for 5 minutes, the sharpie came right off. I hope this helps someone :) (10/28/2008)

By mpg first base

Removing Sharpie From WOOD

Here's what worked for me when my daughter got sharpie ALL OVER real wood table and floor: floor was more highly polished, so EXPO dry erase fluid took it right off.

Table was finished but porous. Sharpie had gotten into the grain. Initially I was discouraged because it did not seem like the EXPO was working at all. One coat of the fluid let sit a few seconds, wiped off, then followed by DW40 in the pen (it is a felt tip pen filled with DW40) worked great. I really had to work the oil into the wood. I did this because I knew that I could get it refinished very easily - my dad is in the business - but there is no need. It did not remove the finish.

I made sure I did not leave the EXPO on too long and when I wiped it off, I did so in long even strokes. I followed with a rubbing of the whole surface with olive oil. I am going to move those $and^#$$$ sharpies into a locked cabinet! (11/17/2008)

By Andrea

Removing Sharpie From Wood Floor and Plasma TV

Toothpaste took the black sharpie right off the plasma tv screen and the metal parts of the the tv also. I used a pencil eraser on the wood floor. That also worked pretty well. I'm going to follow up on the wood with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser when I pick more up from the store. (11/20/2008)

By Carrie R.

Removing Sharpie From Couch

I used a professional company to clean my microfiber couch and tried on the red sharpie stain I had, as well as red wine. IT WORKED AMAZING and you can get it at home depot.

Good luck! (11/25/2008)


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