If you have kids or just like to make doodles on your furniture, you might have found yourself in a sticky situation. What do you do when your kid spills juice, or an adult friend leaves a mark with their dry-erase marker? The solution isn’t as simple as throwing the piece of furniture in the dryer. Instead, you need to know how to get dry-erase markers out of the couch and other upholstered furniture. And it’s not just leather or vinyl that is affected by this kind of stain. Even natural fibers like wool and cotton can be negatively affected by the presence of a marker. Here are some ideas for how to get dry-erase markers out of the couch.
How To Get Dry Erase Marker Out Of Couch
- Use a solvent. The first step to removing the marker is to remove it from the couch. Choose a solvent that will be gentle on the fabric and won’t damage it. If you don’t want to buy a solvent, you can use grain alcohol, which is often found in paint stores and hardware stores. To use grain alcohol, you will need to dilute it with water or another liquid of your choice.
- Mix some baking soda with water and apply it on the stain with a damp cloth or sponge. This process is called neutralization and works well when dealing with markers that have already dried out but need to be removed before they set in permanently. If you are working on a fresh stain, then simply apply some baking soda directly on top of the stain and let it sit for about ten minutes before rinsing off with warm water.
- Apply some hydrogen peroxide directly onto the spot where the marker was applied, then rinse off with water and repeat this process until the stain is gone.
- Apply some liquid dishwashing detergent or other liquid on the stain, let it sit for about ten minutes, then rinse it off with warm water.
- Apply a small amount of hydrogen peroxide to the stain, then add a few drops of ammonia to the mixture and let it sit for about ten minutes, then rinse it off with warm water.
- If you don’t want to use any of the above-mentioned methods, then you can try using a commercial solution called ‘Magic Eraser’ that will remove most markers from the fabric without damaging your couch or chair. You can get Magic Eraser at most hardware stores, but if you don’t have one nearby, you can order some online through Amazon or other online retailers.
Create A Paste With Baking Soda And Water.
- Mix a small amount of baking soda with a small amount of water. You want the paste to be thick but still spreadable.
- Spread the paste on the stain and let it sit for about an hour.
- Scrub off the marker with a nylon scrubber or abrasive sponge, and then blot up any excess paste with paper towels or a clean cloth.
Try An Enzyme-Based Cleaner
- Apply an enzyme-based stain remover to the affected area.
- Leave the cleaner on for at least an hour and then blot it up with a clean cloth.
- You can use a neutral cleaner to remove the stain if the stain remains after the enzyme cleaner is applied.
- If you have a leather couch, try applying some leather conditioner instead of an enzyme-based stain remover. The conditioner will help to make the leather more receptive to cleaning and it won’t damage it as much as enzymes can do.
Test A Spot Of Dry-Erase Marker First
- If the marker is only on a small area of your couch, you can try using a damp sponge to clean the marker off. This may work for some markers. However, if the marker has spread over a large area of your couch, you may need to use an enzyme cleaner or furniture polish.
- If the marker is still on your couch, you can try using a spray cleaner. This may work for some markers. However, if the marker has spread over a large area of your couch, you will probably have to call in the professionals to remove it.
- If the marker is still on your couch, and you are still determined to get it out yourself, you can try using a dry-erase marker remover or furniture polish. This may work for some markers but not others. Try a few different brands until you find one that works for you to see how well it removes the stain.
- If none of these options work for removing the stain from your couch, consider replacing your couch or buying a new one altogether and getting rid of this piece of furniture that has been ruined by dry-erase markers!
Scrape The Stain With A Razor Blade.
- Use a razor blade to scrape the stain from the upholstery. Use a sharp blade and work carefully so you don’t cut into the fabric.
- Apply a little bit of fabric protector to any blemish that you scrubbed with the razor blade.
- Allow the fabric protector to dry and then reapply it when it is still tacky.
- Apply a dab of dishwashing liquid to the mark.
- Use a clean cloth to blot the spot on the fabric.
- Let the spot dry and then reapply the fabric protector when it is still tacky to protect it from future spills.
Try Using Nail Polish Remover
- If you have a leather or vinyl couch, try using nail polish remover. You can find this in the household section of your local drugstore or supermarket. Nail polish remover is a solvent that will evaporate the ink from your couch’s surface.
- If you don’t have a nail polish remover, you can use acetone instead. This is a very strong solvent that will also evaporate the ink from your furniture’s surface but it is also very caustic and can damage certain materials if not used properly.
- If neither of these works, you could try using bleach. This would work best if your furniture was made from natural fibers such as wool, cotton, or linen and if it was stained by dried-erase marker ink that had dried on top of the fabric for a long time (more than a few days). For best results, use bleach in an attempt to remove all traces of dry-erase marker ink.
- If none of these work, or if you just don’t want to use strong chemicals on your furniture, you can try to wash the stain out with water. You can do this using either a sponge or a cloth. Just dampen the area and then apply some liquid detergent to the stain and gently rub it in. Don’t scrub the stain, just gently rub it until it is gone.
Dry-erase markers can be very useful for kids, but you need to teach them how to use them properly. Show them how to put the cap back on when they’re done and where to put the marker when they’re not using it. You can also try to contain the mess by using a tablecloth or putting a piece of fabric over the couch. If you do this, make sure you remove the blanket when you are finished with the marker as the blanket may become stained as well.