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Removing Sharpie from Your Couch or Sofa

It happens to the best of us we are rushing around in the holiday busy with small child underfoot as we wrap presents. You leave the room for a brief second to grab some more tape and your budding artist of a toddler has used a permanent marker to display their artwork on your sofa.

Have no fear permanent marker is not as permanent as the name entails. Grab the following key ingredients and treat that sharpie masterpiece as soon as possible.


-dish liquid

-cold water

-clean white cloths


-rubbing alcohol

-magic eraser

First mix a solution of 1 tablespoon dish washing liquid, one tablespoon vinegar and two cups of cold water.

Next take your clean sponge and dip it into the solution then dab the wet sponge onto the permanent marker spots until they are damp being careful to not soak the stain. Let the solution sit on the stain for about 30 minutes. Take a dry clean white cloth and dab or blot the stain every five minutes to absorb the ink.

Grab a new white clean cloth and dampen it with cold water. Dab the stain with the new wet clean cloth to rinse all of the dish washing liquid and vinegar solution from the couch.

Take a new clean cloth or a paper towel and dampen it with rubbing alcohol. Dab the rubbing alcohol on the stain starting from the outer edges working toward the center being careful to not rub or spread the stain. Continue dabbing the permanent maker moving to clean areas of cloth or paper towel until marker no longer soaks into the cloth or towel.

Use the magic eraser to very very gently rub the remaining marks out of the upholstery. After using the magic eraser rinse the sofa again to be sure all residue is out of the sofa.

Use clean dry cloths or paper towels to lie over the damp areas and weigh down with a heavy object until dry. Brush the fibers of the sofa back up with a nylon brush or clean unused toothbrush.

If you were unsuccessful on the first attempt after completing all the steps repeat the steps again. If your little artist’s masterpiece is hanging on for dear life then it is time to call in thepros.

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