How to Get Chalk Out of Clothes

Sidewalk chalk is a fun, creative way for children to express themselves and enjoy some time outdoors. Unfortunately, it can also be messy, especially if kids get it on their clothing or if you accidentally rub it against a fresco the little ones have made. Chalk is often washable and doesn’t present too much of a problem when it comes to getting rid of stains.

If you’re looking for ways how to remove any type of chalk from clothes, carpets, and upholstery, continue reading this article.

How to Get Chalk Out of Clothes

Does Chalk Stain Clothes

Chalk tends to spread to whatever it touches especially when gets wet. This is why you might find yourself with chalk stains on fabric, carpet, and upholstery, as well as on concrete.

Chalk is made of calcium carbonate, which can easily leave stains on the clothes of your little one. 

Even if the stains aren’t visible at first, they may set in overtime. Chalk stains are not as hard to remove as you might think. With a little patience and some elbow grease, it’s possible to get these stains out of almost any surface.

Does Chalk Wash Off Clothes

Chalk is a powdery substance made from calcium carbonate. It’s an inexpensive way to provide colorful, temporary drawings on sidewalks and blackboards. If chalk gets on your clothes or other fabrics, however, it might not wash out unless you use the correct stain removal techniques.

The sooner you act to remove the chalk, the better your chances of success. As soon as you notice that chalk is on your clothing, scrape it off with a spoon or dull knife. This helps prevent it from setting permanently into the fibers of the fabric.

How to Get Chalk Out of Clothes

But the good news is that no matter what kind of stain you’re dealing with, you can use a similar approach to get rid of it. Here’s how to remove chalk stains:

Rubbing alcohol

The first step is to act quickly by soaking your item in cold water. This will help prevent the stain from setting in. Always test your fabrics for color-fastness before using any kind of stain remover.

If the stains are still visible after you’ve washed the clothes, they may be permanent. In this case, try rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover containing acetone. Apply a small amount of rubbing alcohol to the stains using a cotton ball or swab and let it sit for five minutes.

Next, grab some laundry detergent and rub it into the stain with your fingers or a brush (or, if you have it handy, use some OxiClean powder). 

Let the detergent sit for about 5 minutes before washing it off with cold water. 

Repeat this step until the stain has completely disappeared. If you’re dealing with sidewalk or blackboard chalk, you may find that brushing at the stain with baking soda helps to lift it from the fabric because these are highly abrasive products.

How to Get Chalk Out of Clothes Without Washing

  1. Blot the stain with rubbing alcohol using a clean cloth. It’s important to blot, not rub, so the chalk doesn’t rub deeper into the fabric. 
  2. Use a white cloth, because some dyes can cause your clothing to bleed.
  3. Continue blotting until no more chalk transfers from your clothing to the cloth. Chalk is soluble in alcohol, so it will transfer as you blot.
  4. Pour liquid laundry detergent onto the stain and rub it in gently with your fingers. 
  5. Rinse the affected area with some water and air dry

How to Get Chalk Out of Fabric Couch

  1. Mix a tablespoon of dishwashing liquid with 2 cups of cold water. 
  2. Use a sponge to saturate the stain with the solution. 
  3. Blot the area with a dry cloth until the liquid is absorbed. Rinse the area with cold water, then blot until dry. 
  4. If any color remains, mix one-part white vinegar with one part of water and sponge the stain with the solution. 
  5. Blot until the liquid is absorbed, then rinse again with cold water and blot dry. If there are still traces of chalk, mix one teaspoon of ammonia in half a cup of water and sponge it over the stain. Blot until the liquid is gone, then rinse again with cold water and blot dry.

How to Get Chalk Out of Carpet

No matter how careful you are, chalk will eventually find its way onto your carpet. The good news is that it’s fairly easy to clean chalk off of the carpet — if you act quickly. If the chalk has dried, the job becomes more challenging, but there are still some effective methods for removing chalk stains from the carpet.

Vacuum up Loose Chalk

Sweep up loose chalk with a soft-bristled brush. If the chalk stain is dry, dip the brush in warm water and gently scrub at the stain until you’ve removed as much of it as possible.

Blot With Dishwashing Liquid

Pour a small amount of dishwashing liquid or laundry detergent on the stain and use an old toothbrush to work it into the fibers of the carpets. When you’re done, blot away any residue with a paper towel until you’ve removed all traces of the liquid.

Blot and Dry

Spray white vinegar on the affected area and let it sit for several minutes before blotting with a paper towel. Repeat this process several times; once you’ve removed as much of the stain as possible, use a blow dryer to dry the area completely.

Final words

Chalk stains are pretty easy to get out. All you have to do is rub a little alcohol on it. The alcohol will lift the chalk right out. It also works on pencil and crayon stains as well. You can use rubbing alcohol or vodka but go easy with the vodka because it is cheaper and there’s no telling where you will end up after drinking too much of it.

If this method doesn’t work, I recommend spraying on a stain remover and letting it rest overnight before washing it at least twice.

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