Marker stains on clothing, walls, furniture, or upholstery. If there are children in your house, the marker stains will be familiar to you. That is why we want to help you so that you can eliminate once and for all, marker stains wherever they have formed. Let’s see now how to remove marker pen stains, whether they are permanent that may cost more or those from school markers that you will see that they are very easy to remove.
Advice: The first thing is to prevent before regretting. If there is something that is often repeated, it is that if someone uses a marker for a certain time before or after they will end up staining.
It can only be the hands, but often also the cuffs of the shirt, elbows and other areas. Fortunately, there are already many colored markers designed for children that are washable. For less than 6 euros you have ranges of 24 colors, with good quality and designed to be easily washed.
When buying markers, look for those that are washable (with water-based inks and harmless dyes that make cleaning much easier). It is worth it at home to have this type of marker above all (and children cannot access the permanent ones) you will simplify the task of removing any stain.
If the markers are permanent, the stains can be removed but it will cost much more . This type of marker has an ink that is not soluble in water, so to remove the stains we will have to use one or more products and have a little patience.
If your children have taken to experimenting with their creativity and have painted on the walls of their room, or the hallway with markers, we will proceed as follows.
Determine if the markers used are permanent or normal. If they are non-permanent, the ink is usually soluble in water, if they are permanent, not.
If they are water-based or non-permanent markers, a little soap and water (and a drop or two of alcohol) will suffice on a clean cloth and without further cleaning the stain. Let it dry and you’re done.
If the marker used is permanent, it may be more complicated, but you can try a toothpaste-based trick. You cover the stain with toothpaste, spread it well with a toothbrush, and scratch until it has been cleaned. Once the stain has disappeared, you should finish cleaning and drying with a clean cloth.
Now we focus on those stains that are more difficult: permanent marker. To eliminate them in the event that they have fallen on clothes, the first thing we have to do is, in a corner of the garment that is not visible (for example the edge of a pocket or an interior seam) do a test by applying alcohol to see if the garment becomes discolored. (Usually never)
In a container put a little alcohol and soak the area of ??the stain. Then put kitchen paper (several folded) or baby wipes and rest the stain on it. Now with the soft toothbrush, rub the stain, soaking from time to time in alcohol.
Use kitchen paper from time to time on the stain (you will see that it leaves traces of color, this is the stain is dissolving). But keep in mind that to remove these stains you have to allow some time to pass while the garment is ‘soaking’ in a product that helps remove the stain.
Another option is to take another container (a small plastic bucket or a salad bowl will serve you) add milk and submerge the stained area. Leave it at least 8/10 hours.
Over time, the stain should have greatly diminished in intensity. If it is still quite noticeable, proceed again as before, rubbing with a soft brush soaked in alcohol. Then leave the garment in a container with hydrogen peroxide and a little alcohol. Leave at least an hour. Then rub over the stain again. If there is no more left, you just have to put a little Fairy-type dishwasher and wash it in the washing machine.
If there is still rest, put the garment back in a container with milk as you did the day before and let it soak for four or five hours. Normally, if it does not come out the first to the second, the stain will decrease so much that later you can wash it in the washing machine.
Other products that can be used to remove marker stains are vinegar and toothpaste, which as it is slightly abrasive, is good to use on the stains after rubbing it with alcohol.
In this case, the task is simplified. Rub with alcohol or hairspray that also has alcohol using a soft toothbrush. Do not forget to put a kitchen paper or cloth behind the area of the stain so that the stain does not spread.
Then let the stain rest in a bucket with a little milk for about four hours. Ready, the stain will have been removed. Then you just have to wash it in the washing machine.
Stains from the white boards with which markers are used are frequent. Stains on cuffs, sleeves or fronts of children’s bibs, shirts or T-shirts. Stains in the pocket of the shirt that by carrying a marker sometimes produces a stain. Almost all have a solution, we tell you the procedures.
As I mentioned before, if the stains are from children’s markers, those who use school are easier since these types of markers are not permanent and cost less to remove. On the other hand, if the stain is from a permanent marker, it takes some patience and skill as these types of stains cost more to remove.
In the case of having a stain made with a fluorescent marker, we must immerse the stain in salted water. If it is a garment, it will be easy for you if for example it is a sofa or a wall, you should make a mixture of a glass of water and a couple of tablespoons of salt.
Let it act for half an hour and once that time has passed, the garment is squeezed or dried with a cloth (in the case of a sofa or the wall).
What comes now will only serve you for fluorescent stains on clothing, since you must put the garment in the freezer. Once the garment is frozen, put it in the washing machine or wash it by hand and you will see how the stain disappears.
Upholstery, like sofas, is also often the victim of marker pen stains. In the event that your child has decided to test his skills as an artist on this surface, you should wet the stain and then wipe it with a clean cloth, drying it a bit.
Once this is done, you take a little washing-up liquid detergent and let it act on what remains of the stain for at least five minutes. You must spread the detergent well and then clean with water and a dry cloth.
Another “trick” is to try what I have already mentioned above. Spread some water and salt on the stain and scrub well with a toothbrush.
Finally, we can explain to you how you can remove the permanent plastic marker or if, for example, you accidentally paint one of the marker boards (but not permanent ones).
For this, there are dry erase markers for permanent markers that go really well on a blackboard, but if you don’t have one of these erasers, you can choose a mixture of alcohol and toothpaste, or if you have, a little baking soda and paste. teeth. A little acetone and alcohol may also be worth it.
In the case of having the erasure marker, we go over the stain, and then we add a little glass cleaner and wipe with a clean cloth.
In the case of the mixture of alcohol (or bicarbonate) and toothpaste, what you have to do is cover the stain with it and rub well with a toothbrush or a clean cloth.
We have already seen all the ways in which you can remove marker stains, depending on how they are or where the stain is. The most common are:
You need alcohol, a magic eraser (You can purchase this for around $2, it is a kind of white sponge with two faces that helps a lot to remove any stain).
A Used Toothbrush.
A Small Container.
Children’s clothing is one of the main affected by marker stains. To remove them there are certain home remedies that can be carried out easily.
One of these remedies is to wet the stain with cold water. Once it is wet enough, we place absorbent paper, both on the front and behind the garment, in the area where the stain is located.
Now we are gradually adding ethyl alcohol, which will help to descale the ink and help the paper absorb it. You can also increase the effect of ethyl alcohol by adding a little fine salt. This is especially recommended for stains that are too large or that are difficult to eradicate.
Another of the remedies with which you can remove marker stains are hairspray, nail polish remover, or lemon juice. In all these cases the form of employment is the same. The area should be sprayed with the indicated product and rubbed the stain with a cotton ball soaked in water or ethyl alcohol. On the other side we will always place an absorbent paper that will prevent the stain from spreading to the other side.
When it comes to pen stains on clothes, there is also a very useful remedy. All we have to do is dip the garment (the part where the stain is) in hot milk and wait for it to take effect. If the stain does not come out, we can try dipping it several times in the milk.
We can also complement the remedy by applying hot milk under pressure directly on the stain. A point to keep in mind is that we must use hot milk before washing the garment with soap and water. because otherwise it will not work.
On the other hand, we also have the option of resorting to stain remover products that exist on the market. In the field of ink stain removers, the so-called magic erasers are in fashion, marketed by some brands such as Bosque Verde or Don Limpio. Some of these products are marketed in aerosol form, while others are similar to sponges or scourers , and depending on their characteristics, they may be recommended for one or the other surfaces.
If we are going to decide on any of these stain removal products called magic erasers, it is recommended to carefully read the manufacturer’s instructions for use and follow them to the letter to obtain the best results. In this sense, there are products for clothing, for leather garments, for furniture or to remove marker stains from the walls. Most can be found in supermarkets, or in online stores, at prices starting at 3 euros.
For example, Mr. Clean’s magic eraser consists of a kind of sponges, with which you can remove stains from various surfaces. They come two units in a package, at a price of 3 euros.
In any case, as we have seen in the previous point, there are home remedies that are capable of offering the same results. Our advice is that you try several methods and that you compare. Although the best thing would be to educate the child and thus avoid having to compare, right?
When we talk about marker pen stains on clothing, on sofas or elsewhere, it is usually stains that are the result of children’s artistic activity . Especially the little ones, they are used to working with colored pencils, which do not represent any danger. But when they start to use pens and markers, they must already know certain things, for example that they cannot be sucked and that they stain if we approach them on clothing or another fabric surface.
Therefore, the most important point when it comes to preventing and avoiding marker stains is to teach children to use them. They should know that there are certain rules that must be followed when using these utensils. For example, it is very important that the pen is always capped after use.
Nor should they be left lying carelessly on top of any site, because the tip could be touching a surface and causing a stain.
On the other hand, many children may not realize that marker pen stains are more difficult to remove than they appear. What for them is simply painting, a diversion, for mothers and fathers sometimes involves extra work.
Children must be taught that you cannot paint anywhere. There are many places where they can best express their artistic concerns: canvases, sketchbooks, etc. They must learn that it is there, and not on the walls or clothes, that they must create their little masterpieces.
If these tips do not work or we do not want to restrict the freedom of the child, we must know that there are markers that are soluble in water. The stains on these markers are very easy to clean and with them children can paint almost anywhere.
As we can see, these tips are closely related to education and offering children the right information. In any case, when it comes to young children, you are never safe from the unexpected. That is why in the next point we tell you about some homemade products with which you can remove marker stains.
If we have a child in our care, this video is sure to be very helpful. It teaches us one of the ways to remove marker stains from clothing. Ideal for those mothers who are fed up with the consequences left by plastic classes.
With all these tips, sure that marker stains become one less problem in your house. And painting with children is going to be much more fun and it is going to give us much less work.