How to Get Washable Marker Out of Carpet

I’m not sure if you’ve ever had a kid draw on your carpet with washable markers, but I have, and let me tell you it is probably one of the most frustrating things to try and get out. There are plenty of ways to remove ink from fabric- like using rubbing alcohol or dish soap- but what about those pesky carpets?

Well, as luck would have it there are some tricks that will help you save money by avoiding expensive professional carpet cleaners. Here they are:

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How to Get Washable Marker Out of Carpet

Method 1: Using Rubbing Alcohol

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Rubbing alcohol is a great cleaner for almost all fabrics, so it should work on the carpet. Just pour about a cup’s worth of rubbing alcohol onto an old cloth rag and start scrubbing at the stain vigorously with circular motions. The rubbing alcohol will dissolve the color from the carpet and leave you with a clean space once it dries.

  1. Blot the stain with a clean wet paper towel to prevent the washable marker from drying.
  2. Blot a sponge with a rubbing alcohol solution to remove the marker stain, changing it as often as needed.
  3. Apply liquid washing soap to the stain and then scrub gently with a paper towel.
  4. Rinse off the residue with cold water and use a clean cloth to blot the area to dry.
  5. Let your carpet dry.

Method 2: Baking Soda and Vinegar

The oldest and most dependable strategies for removing any stain from the carpet or fabric are vinegar and baking soda.

Baking soda is a good option for getting the marker out of your carpet. It’s cheap, it’s available, and it’s somewhat environmentally friendly.

  1. First, if the marker is still wet or damp, blot up as much of the liquid as you can with a sponge or paper towel.
  2. Spray a generous amount of white vinegar on the stain and make sure and that vinegar gets soaked in the carpet deeply.
  3. Spread white vinegar throughout the stains by scrubbing gently with a clean cloth.
  4. Next, sprinkle baking soda over the stain and let it sit for a few minutes.
  5. After a few minutes, use a wet sponge to scrub the stains away from the carpet.
  6. Keep scrubbing until the stain is gone, then rinse with cold water.
  7. Repeat this process if necessary.

Method 3: Mixture o Baking Soda and Vinegar

  1. Mix vinegar and baking soda in a small bowl. The more baking soda you use the more of a chemical reaction you will create, so it’s important to be mindful of how much you’re mixing at one time. A good ratio to use is 2 teaspoons of baking soda with 1 tablespoon of vinegar.
  2. Brush the mixture onto the affected area with a toothbrush and let it sit for 5-10 minutes before scrubbing with a wet cloth.
  3. Rinse and repeat as needed until all ink has been removed from the carpet fibers.

Getting Rid of Washable Marker Stains on carpet: Method 4

This method involves using a stain remover for carpets. You can buy one from the store.

Apply some stain remover to the discolored area of the carpet.

Make sure that the area is soaked for about 5 minutes.

Use a clean rag to carefully blot the area. The marker stain should transfer from the carpet to the cloth, leaving a spotless floor in its wake.

How to Get Washable Marker out of Carpet : Method 5

So, if you find yourself in the unfortunate position of finding a washable marker on your carpet (or anything else for that matter) and need to get rid of it, you can use an oil-free hairspray.

Simply pour a small amount of oil-free hairspray over the offending material and blot until the color has disappeared.

  1. Take a can of oil-free hairspray and pour a generous amount of it onto a white cloth.
  2. Firmly dab the marker stain.
  3. Repeat as necessary until the marker stain is no longer visible.

Using Hydrogen Peroxide for White Carpets

Using hydrogen peroxide to remove stains is a simple DIY project.

  1. Wipe up as much residue as possible with a dry cloth or paper towel.
  2. Pour an ample amount of hydrogen peroxide onto the soiled area of the carpet and over the same spot of the marker.
  3. Gently rub the hydrogen peroxide into the carpet fibers with a soft cloth or sponge, and allow it to sit for five minutes.
  4. It should now be washed with cold water. Rinse the paper towel in a bowl of water.
  5. Blot away the excess dishwashing liquid and dish soap solution with paper towels or a clean cloth until all remnants of the marker ink have been absorbed by the paper towels.

Using Dish Washing Soap

This is also true for dish soap, at least in some cases. It’s not as quick as just using rubbing alcohol to remove stains and colors but it can be done and it costs next to nothing to give it a try.

  1. Pour some dish soap into a paper plate or small bowl and then dip your scrub brush into the soap or use your bare hands to scrub away at the surface
  2. Blot the stain with a dry towel
  3. Apply dish soap to the stain and then scrub it with a toothbrush or scouring pad
  4. Rinse off the residue from all of your cleaning supplies, making sure not to leave any behind
  5. Let your carpet dry before vacuuming up any leftover dirt or dust particles.

FAQs About Removing Washable Marker from Carpet

What will take out marker stains?

Rubbing alcohol is a great cleaner for almost all fabrics, so it should work on the carpet.

Just pour about a cup’s worth of rubbing alcohol onto an old cloth rag and start scrubbing at the stain vigorously with circular motions.

The rubbing alcohol will dissolve the color from the carpet and leave you with a clean space once it dries.

Can vinegar clean marker stains from carpets?

Yes, Vinegar is a natural cleaner. If you have tried all of the above methods and are still unable to get rid of the marker stain, pour some vinegar onto the carpet and let it sit for 10-15 minutes before rinsing with water.

Does rubbing alcohol bleach the carpet?

The carpet does not get destroyed by rubbing alcohol. It is unaffected by any fiber dye, yet it cleans the stains. As a result, many experts advocate using rubbing alcohol to quickly repair the carpet.

If you use rubbing alcohol to remove washable marker stains, it will gently remove them without affecting the color.

Does washable paint come out of carpet?

Washable paint will come out of carpet, but it might require a little more effort. One way you can do this is by using the heated steam from your iron. Turn the iron on high and place it on top of the paint stain for about two or three minutes. The steam should be able to dissolve the paint.

Final Words

We’ve put up 5 successful methods for removing the washable marker from the carpet in this post. These procedures are effective every time, and it may take another application to remove the stain. The do-it-yourself method is the most cost-effective option. If you utilize a commercial product, the stain will be gone in no time.

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