Cleaning Permanent (Sharpie) Marker from Leather Furniture

June 29, 2006

Sharpie Marker on Leather CouchI got permanent marker on my new white leather chairs! There are two small dots around 1 cm x 1 cm. I tried cleaning them with detergent straight away and they've faded. I've tried hairspray as well. My parents are going to kill me. Please help!




By Nicole (Guest Post)
August 21, 20074 found this helpful
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I used rubbing alcohol on my brown leather couch for a purple permanent ink stain and it worked great!

By Petra Wright (Guest Post)
January 30, 20082 found this helpful
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I used nail polish remover, that was a big no no!! It took the color out of the leather chair and it looks terrible! So do not use nail polish remover on leather!

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December 5, 2010

How can I get Sharpie permanent marker off my cream leather sofa?

By becky from Norfolk, Great Britain


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December 30, 20030 found this helpful
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Try a little nail polish remover on a Q-Tip in a place that won't be too noticeable. If it seems to be working, try it some more. The biggest risk is that it will also take off the leather dye.


I've also heard that Goo Gone and Ditto Fluid work.

October 11, 20103 found this helpful
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So, I finally found the cure to the silver Sharpie on the black leather sectional. It's called Leather CPR and you can get it at Bed Bath & Beyond for $12. You simply apply it with a clean sponge. I did have to scrub it with the coarse side "lightly" where the marker was. However, to do the entire 7 seat sectional, it took me about 45 min. to condition it. So not only did I get the marker out, but the couches look brand new! And unlike the other postings, I have posted the before picture (in the blog below this one) and an after picture here. I hope this has helped.


But word of advice before trying anything on your furniture, you should ALWAYS try it on a small piece of the couch, like the bottom or somewhere you wouldn't notice if it messes it up.

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October 11, 2003

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.



February 26, 20110 found this helpful

My kids had Sharpie marked a friend on a sleep over and it had gone onto my 15 month old ivory leather settee. I looked through this website and spray sunsceen seemed most popular to remove the stain.


I tried Banana Boat spray factor 50 and it came off straight away. It really works. What a relief:) You have to use a spray (I tried a cream first and it didn't do much).

March 24, 20160 found this helpful

Just a tip I wouldn't recommend using rubbing alcohol it makes it worse(I know from experience)

April 17, 20160 found this helpful

I used a sunscreen followed by a pocketBac it worked really well(with the pocketBac rub it in first then put a layer on to soak). I suppose any rubbing alcohol would work as long as that is the active ingredient. Hope this helpsXx

July 7, 20160 found this helpful

Sunscreen Really works, I got a Black Sharpie Marker out my BMW leather seats with Coppertone 50 kids, It works!

August 23, 20160 found this helpful

This (sunscreen) took the finish off my leather sofa- dark brown, so did magic eraser and rubbing alcohol

September 9, 20160 found this helpful

What kind of sunscreen please? I have tried nivea kids factor 30. Didn't work

February 13, 20180 found this helpful

Use sunscreen, but let it set for a few minutes then wip it off.

April 4, 20180 found this helpful

Was it black leather?

March 22, 20190 found this helpful

Magic eraser worked a little bit for me, but the spray sustain lotion really did the trick. Had to wash the residue off with soap and water afterwards, but it worked out fine.


Thanks for the tip!

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April 7, 2012

My "artistic" 2 year old was on a Sharpie spree, blue on our light brown leather couch. I used the leather cleaner and it got lighter, but didn't come off. Then he used a silver metallic Sharpie on my laptop, not on the screen, but on the mouse pad. I will try the non acetone remover, but what about the leather couch? Is it a total loss?

By Debbie M.


May 6, 20120 found this helpful

Have you tired using erasers? Gently rub away the marks. Probably it would help :)

May 2, 20160 found this helpful

That is completely wrong.

June 3, 20160 found this helpful

Put sunscreen on a towel then wipe the spot I have had previous success with this method

September 19, 20161 found this helpful

Hand sanitizer worked for my wife.

October 16, 20170 found this helpful

If you have removed the color, then call a leather professional who can restore the color and finish back to new.

March 24, 20180 found this helpful

Nonono that made it worse

October 21, 20190 found this helpful

It doesnt

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August 20, 2016

My daughter used a black Sharpie marker on my white leather sofa. I used baking soda, vinegar, baking soda with toothpaste, acetone which wasn't a really good idea, and alcohol; nothing worked! I don't know what else to try.

I also used Off bug spray. It gave me a good result, but not all of it came off, just the darkest ink. So now I have scribbles all over, but light lines. Please help me!


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February 27, 20170 found this helpful

It sounds like you have tried a lot of things, and also white leather has got to be the most unforgiving thing out there!

I honestly would just try everything many many times and see if any of it improves over time.


Here are additional tips:

" No luck, until the thought hits me if sunscreen makes the marker go from skin to the car seat then maybe

Solution spray on sunscreen!!! Remove ink stains from leather car seats like MAGIC!"

so you might try that.


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February 28, 20170 found this helpful

Try WD-40

April 6, 20190 found this helpful

Nope, tried that..doesnt work...seemed like a good idea tho

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November 11, 2011

How do I remove black permanent magic marker from leather furniture?

By J. Murray from Myrtle Beach, SC


November 12, 20110 found this helpful

Do a small test patch out of sight. Nail polish remover might do it, either with a cue tip or a kid's watercolor paint brush. If the leather discolors matching shoe polish might blend it. Allow it to dry then buff with a soft cloth.

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December 5, 2010

I was watching my boyfriend's two kids and they got green coloring permanent marker on his brother's beige leather couch cushions. I'd like to help remove the stain. What will remove it safely?


March 29, 2010

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August 12, 2009

My 18 month old daughter recently got a hold of a brown Sharpie permanent marker. She wrote all over our new Italian leather couch.


February 7, 2011

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!

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