How to Spot Clean Permanent Markers Out of Carpet


It's always a good idea to have a few permanent markers on hand, at least you think it is, until your hand slips and your long-lasting marker lands on the carpet.

Or worse, when your little one sneaks the permanent pen into the living room and decides to turn your carpet into their very own coloring book.

Before you decide that this household tool isn't worth it and get rid of all the permanent markers in your home, reach out to Zerorez®.

We are the experts in carpet cleaning, and we know the best tips and tricks for getting tough stains and spots out of carpets. With this comprehensive guide, you can keep your permanent markers and enjoy clean floors.

What Type of Stain Does Permanent Marker Leave?

Permanent markers leave ink stains that are oil-based. Their ink is designed to adhere to surfaces and resist fading.

Permanent ink stains can penetrate deep into carpet fibers, resulting in dark, stubborn marks that are challenging to remove with typical cleaning methods.

The ink's composition requires a targeted and specific approach to break down and lift the stain from the carpet.

What Removes Sharpie Marker from Carpet?

Permanent markers, like those made by Sharpie, are designed to leave lasting marks, which can make them difficult to remove from carpets. However, using natural cleaning agents like white vinegar, water, and baking soda can be effective.

Here's why these ingredients work:

  • White Vinegar: The acid in vinegar helps break down the ink molecules, making it easier to lift the stain from the carpet fibers. Vinegar is a natural stain remover and deodorizer.

  • Baking Soda: Known for its mild abrasive properties and ability to neutralize odors, baking soda can absorb the stains and eliminate lingering smells.

  • Water: Water acts as a carrier. It can dilute and rinse stains and cleaning agents.

How to Remove Permanent Marker from Carpet?

Permanent markers are notorious for leaving tough, stubborn stains on carpets. The ink is designed to be long-lasting, making it a challenge to remove.

However, with the right approach and all-natural products, you can effectively treat these stains.

Follow this simple process for removing permanent marker from your carpet:

Step 1: Blot the Stain. Begin by blotting the stain with a clean, dry cloth to absorb as much of the ink as possible. Avoid rubbing, as this can spread the stain.
Step 2: Prepare a Cleaning Solution. Mix a solution: one part white vinegar with two parts water.
Step 3: Apply the Solution. Dampen a cloth with the vinegar solution and gently dab the stained area. Allow the solution to sit for a few minutes.
Step 4: Blot with Baking Soda. Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda over the treated area. This helps to lift the stain and neutralize any remaining odor.
Step 5: Rinse and Repeat. Blot the area with a clean, damp cloth to remove any residue. Repeat Steps 3-5 until the stain is gone.
Step 6: Dry the Area. Blot the area with a dry cloth or dry paper towels. You can also place a fan nearby to speed up the drying process.

Troubleshooting Tips for Stubborn Permanent Marker Stains

Permanent marker stains can be particularly stubborn. Here are some additional tips if the stain persists:

  • Use a Soft Brush: If blotting does not work, use a soft-bristled brush to work the cleaning solution into the carpet fibers gently.

  • Avoid Heat: Do not use hot water or heat sources to dry the area, as heat can set the stain.

  • Be Patient: Some stains may require multiple treatments. Be patient and repeat the process as needed.

How Zerorez Can Help With Permanent Marker Stains and Other Spots

At Zerorez, we understand that dealing with household stains can be challenging. Our professional cleaning services are designed to tackle even the toughest spots, including permanent markers.

We use a proprietary cleaning process that includes the use of non-toxic products, ensuring a safe and effective cleaning experience for your home.

Whether it's identifying the best treatment for your carpet stains or providing comprehensive cleaning services, Zerorez is here to help keep your home looking its best.

Contact us today for more information about our services, pricing, and processes.

Permanent Marker Stain Removal 

Follow Basic Steps 1, 2, 3, 4. Repeat as necessary.