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How to Remove Washable Marker From Fabric Couch? – 4 Ways

Written by Robert S. Brown / Fact checked by Helen B. Harris

how to remove washable marker from fabric couch

Markers are utilized in various projects, such as drawing, making signs, and crafting. Washable markers are particularly useful among various types of markers. Aside from accomplishing projects with them, it’s effortless to remove any of their mess in the surrounding areas.

What if the ink from washable markers found their way onto your furniture? At some point, you will be wondering about how to remove washable marker from fabric couch.

Don’t worry; you can eliminate the markings and keep your fabric couch in its clean state with the right supplies, such as dishwashing detergent, white vinegar, baking soda, alcohol, and hairspray. Then, apply the right techniques to get things done!

Solutions for Removing Washable Marker from Fabric Couch


What You May Need:

  • Dishwashing detergent
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Alcohol
  • Hairspray
  • Cloth/rag
  • Water

Unfortunately, clothes detergent can’t get washable markers out of the fabric couch. However, there’s a way that won’t require you to clean the whole couch but only the stained spot.

1. A mixture of some dishwashing detergent and white vinegar

How to make the mixture:

Prepare a bowl where you will combine one tablespoon of dishwashing detergent, one tablespoon of vinegar, and two cups of cool water. Mix them well to create a cleaning solution.

Steps to follow:

  • Step 1: Dampen the towel with warm or hot water. If you don’t have hot water, you can use room temperature water. Squeeze out excess water as it acts as your applicator.
  • Step 2: Scoop a good amount of cleaning solution then spread it over the washable marker stain. Apply it in downward and upward movements. Make sure that the solution thoroughly penetrates the fabric. It should have the same action as the stain. There’s no need for scrubbing; just ensure that the cleaning solution covers the entire stain.
  • Step 3: Give the solution half an hour to release the bond between the fabric and stain. You’ll see that the ink color loosens up and spreads around. Then, the floating stain appears.
  • Be careful when dealing with the stain. You don’t need to scrub as that will only widen its scope. Dab it with a damp cloth every five minutes so the cleaning solution can take effect.
  • Step 4: After the necessary time given to the solution, you can get a new cloth and buff the stain. In this step, you have to use a second towel as a remover to get the washable marker off the couch. It needs to be dry while in use. The first towel, as mentioned, is the applicator.
  • The remover is the one that catches the stain that may be permanent. When the stain is completely rubbed off, the stain and grimes cling to the remover. There will be faint discoloration like grayish black or grayish-blue but it depends on the marker’s color.Don’t forget that you need to use the towel’s other side as you continue working on the stain. Once a certain part gets some ink, turn to the unused side to keep getting the stain off. You don’t want the ink that has already adhered to the towel to stick to the couch again.
  • Step 5: If a second application is necessary then reapply the paste and be ready with the applicator.
  • Step 6: When the stain has come off your couch, buff it again. You’re going to remove every bit of residue including the amount of cleaning solution that’s left on the couch. Finally, nothing will be left on the couch and it will remain soft and odor-free.

2. Baking soda

Just spray some water on the stain then directly apply the baking soda. Get a towel and rub the affected areas. You’ll be surprised that it works even without a mixture.

3. Alcohol

If you haven’t removed every bit of stain after using the cleaning solutions above, you can turn to alcohol to wrap things up. Be prepared to go through these steps.

  • Step 1: Dampen a cloth with the proper amount of alcohol. Choose a cloth that absorbs the alcohol well so it can serve as an efficient remover.
  • Step 2: Rub the damp cloth on the stained area. If nothing changes, douse the specified section with more alcohol. Of course, it’s fine to do the application the second time around if the stain remains stubborn.

4. Oil-free hairspray

If you don’t have alcohol on hand but oil-free hairspray is available, settle for it to get washable marker out of the couch.

  • Step 1: The first step is not different from other solutions as you have to put the right amount of hairspray on a cloth.
  • Step 2: Carefully dab the cloth with hairspray on the affected area of the couch. If you think it’s not working as expected, you can directly spray it to the stain.
  • Step 3: The final step will be the same as the previous instructions. Dab it to take out the stain with another cloth or rag.

Summing It Up!

There’s no need to panic if washable markers have found their way onto your furniture. This article has shown you that there are easy steps on how to remove washable marker from fabric couch. Furthermore, there are other options when one solution doesn’t completely remove the stain. Besides, you can also refer to the ways to remove permanent markers or dry erase markers, I think they are very useful for you.

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