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Removing Stains on a Car Headliner

Kids, pets, and routine use of your car and result in accidental stains on the upholstery and headliner. This is a guide about removing stains on a car headliner.


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April 23, 2010

My 3 year old colored on the interior roof of my van with red Crayola (non washable) marker. How can I get it off without wrecking the cloth of the roof? The roof is a light gray/tan color. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

By Mary from MN


April 23, 20100 found this helpful

Try hand sanitizer gel. Try in an inconspicuous place first to make sure it doesn't stain but it works on most everything I have tried. Removes marker pen from kitchen worktops, white curtains, CD's and skin! If you have no staining then dab some on some cotton wool and it should come right off. Good luck, Monique :)

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April 25, 20100 found this helpful

My granddaughter drew on my mothers velveteen chair with a ink pen I used a magic eraser on it and it took it out and didn't harm the fabric.

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April 26, 20100 found this helpful

There is a product available at Walmart called Goof Off. I've used that for MANY things, and have had pretty good luck.


It has quite an odor, so make sure to ventilate! Good luck! Of course, there's always the stand-by, finger nail polish remover. I would dampen with it and dab, don't scrub.

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November 26, 2009

I am wondering how to get a marker pen line off the interior roof of a car. It's the standard whiteboard drywipe marker pen. Anyone have any suggestions? Not sure about the fabric, but I think it's the usual interior material.

By Steffan Ashe from Ireland


November 28, 20150 found this helpful

Magic eraser

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July 1, 20170 found this helpful

Did you try a dry erase eraser?

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October 2, 20170 found this helpful

Blot with ammonia and rinse with cold water.

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February 5, 20120 found this helpful

How do you get a soda stain out of the cloth headliner of my car?


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December 4, 20140 found this helpful

How do I get chocolate milk off the roof inside my car? I've tried to clean it off, but a dark stain is still there. Is there anything I can do to get it off?


By Rob


August 21, 20170 found this helpful

I used a fluid called Simple green first dilute it a bit. I used it to remove hot chocolate on a cream color roof.

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November 8, 2010

Does anyone have any good tips for removing oil pastel from the fabric of the roof inside my car? After collecting my 4 year old from school, he decided to decorate the entire inside of my car with an oil pastel! This is proving a nightmare to remove, especially as its oil based. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

By sarah from West Sussex, England


March 22, 20110 found this helpful

I had mascara on my headliner and a baby wipe took it off.

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