Removing a stain from a marker can seem like an impossible task for a housewife and there are many of these stains, especially on children’s clothes. So, how do you remove the marker stain from your clothes? How do you get the stain out of different types of fabric?
No two markers are alike
Before deciding on how to remove marker stains, you have to determine the type of marker. It must be done correctly and before you start cleaning, to select the right way to remove the stains.
The most common types of markers are:
- water-based markers;
- chalk-based markers;
- paint-based markers;
- alcohol-based markers;
- oil-based markers.
The stain from the water-based marker can be removed in the following ways:
- the fabric must be immersed in warm water, and the stain should be treated with soap; if the material allows it, you can use oxygen bleach, and wash in a washer;
- prepare 2 parts of ammonia and 1 part of baking soda, make a paste from the ingredients; apply the composition to the stain, leave for several minutes and rub intensively with a toothbrush; after this procedure, wash the item in an appropriate way;
- dissolve laundry detergent in a small amount of water and add a little ammonia; use a soft sponge to dab the marker stains, then wash the item.
Pint-based marker stains can be removed as follows: wet a cotton sponge in paint thinner, and apply for a few minutes to the stain, after this procedure, removing the stains will be much easier. You can use acetone, any colorless liquid for removing varnish, or refined gasoline in place of paint thinner.
You can remove the stain from alcohol-based marker with medical alcohol, good cologne or regular vodka. It is better to mix them with grated laundry soap, and apply the paste to the contaminated areas. The oil-based marker stains can be removed with conventional vegetable oil. Wipe the dirty area of clothing with oil, leave for half an hour and then wash with degreaser.
Take a look at the fabric
There is no the universal formula for removing marker stains. In addition to the fact that you need to take into account the characteristic of the marker, it is also necessary to take into account the characteristics of the contaminated fabric:
- Cotton or synthetic T-shirts and white shirts can be washed easily with hydrogen peroxide: use it to process contaminated items before washing.
- To remove the stains from jeans and other denim clothes, it is better to use a solvent.
- For removing the marker stains from wool, use a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda.
Be especially careful when removing stains from colored fabrics: aggressive whitening components (even natural ones, for example, lemon juice) can discolor discolor poorly colored fibers. For such products, it is advisable to check in advance the effect of the selected cleaning solution on an inconspicuous piece of fabric. The marker stains on applications, patches or prints has to be removed separately from the processing of the rest of the fabric of the item.