Sharpie is a permanent marker that is used to make permanent marks on various types of surfaces. Unfortunately, it can also be difficult to remove from certain materials.
Leather is one such material. As with most stains, the sooner you treat it, the better your chances are of removing the stain completely.
Fortunately, removing Sharpie markers from leather is possible with a few simple products, and some of them might already have them at home.
Here are some of the best ways
Is Sharpie Permanent on Leather?
Sharpies are not actually permanent. They’re solvent-based ink, which means they can be removed from most surfaces using a few stain removers such as rubbing alcohol or nail polish removers.
The key is to make sure that you don’t allow the ink to sit on the surface for long periods of time without rubbing because this can cause permanent damage.
Does Sharpie Come Out of Leather?
Yes! It will take a little bit of work, but if you follow these steps exactly, you’ll have no problem removing Sharpie from leather.
The first thing to do is to try and wipe the marker off with a dry cloth or paper towel. You might be able to get most of it off this way depending on how much ink was left behind in your leather item when you used it.
If there’s still some left behind after wiping it down with a dry cloth, it might be time to try some of the methods below.
How to Get Sharpie Out of Leather
Spray Sunscreen on Sharpie Spot
Sunscreen is one of the best ways to get Sharpie out of leather. This method works because sunscreen contains ingredients that break down the ink in a similar fashion to how soap breaks down oil. You may need to repeat this process several times before the marker stain is removed completely, so be patient.
Steps to follow:
- Spray the sunscreen on the marker stain and let it sit for a few minutes. The sunscreen will help soften the oils in the marker ink and make it easier to wipe away.
- Use a clean cloth to apply sunscreen or hand sanitizer directly onto the stain. Make sure that you cover all areas that are stained with ink so that every last bit is removed from your item.
- Wait 30 seconds for sunscreen or hand sanitizer to soak into the leather before wiping off with a clean cloth and repeating if necessary until the stain has been removed completely
- Use a small amount of dish soap and water on a rag or sponge to gently wipe away any remaining stain marks.
Nail Polish Remover
If you have some nail polish remover lying around the house, try using it to remove your Sharpie marks. Nail polish remover contains acetone, which dissolves Sharpie ink.
Avoid using too much nail polish remover, as it may damage your leather if not used properly.
Steps to follow:
- Apply the nail polish remover with a cotton ball or paper towel.
- Allow it to sit for 10 minutes before removing it with a clean cloth dampened with water.
- Repeat this process until all of the Sharpie has been removed from your leather.
Baking Soda and Toothpaste
Baking soda is a mild abrasive that will help remove Sharpie marks from your leather.
Some people swear by toothpaste as an all-purpose cleaner for everything from stains on the upholstery to rust stains on car battery terminals. Toothpaste works by cutting through oily residue left behind by Sharpie ink, so it’s perfect for removing Sharpie marks from leather bags and purses.
Steps to follow:
- In a small bowl, combine 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 1 teaspoon of water. Add one drop of your favorite fragrance-free toothpaste (not gel) and mix until smooth.
- Apply this mixture directly onto the Sharpie marks with a clean cloth or sponge.
- Keep rubbing until all traces of Sharpie are gone from your leather goods.
- Wipe away any remaining residue from your item and rinse well with cool water after you’re done cleaning it up.
Distilled White Vinegar
Distilled white vinegar is one of the best cleaning agents for removing Sharpie stains from leather. The vinegar works because it has an acid property that breaks down the dye in the ink.
Steps to follow:
- Take a paper towel, soak it with distilled white vinegar and rub it on the Sharpie stain. You can use a toothbrush to scrub the area if needed.
- Let the vinegar sit on the fabric for about 10 minutes. This will allow it to work its magic and loosen up some of the Sharpie ink before you go in with another step.
- Rinse out your piece of clothing with cold water after letting it sit in the vinegar for 10 minutes. I like to rinse my clothes in cold water because hot water tends to set stains instead of removing them.
Baby wipes are an excellent tool for removing Sharpie ink from leather because they contain ingredients that break down stains quickly without damaging the material itself. They also come in a variety of formulas with different scents and textures, so you can find one that works best for you.
To use baby wipes on your stain:
- The first step in removing Sharpie from leather is washing away any remaining solvent that might remain on your bag or jacket. To do this, simply run water over the stain until it begins to run off cleanly into the sink or tub.
- Then use a baby wipe or soft cloth to gently scrub away any remaining solvent without damaging your bag or jacket material.
- Brush or rub baby wipes over the stain in a circular motion. Repeat this process until all traces of the Sharpie are gone from your garment’s surface.
So, to end this guide on how to get Sharpie out of leather we have three things to say: 1. Always test a product on an inconspicuous area before applying it over a large area 2. Never use anything smelling of alcohol on your leather article. And 3. Use gentle methods that are made just for leather, whether you want to remove the ink or get the stain out.