How to Get Marker Out Of Carpet

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How to Get Marker Out Of Carpet

Getting marker out of a carpet will be one of your number one tasks if you have kids at home between the ages of three and six. Even you yourself can meet the mistake of dropping a mark on the carpet I didn’t meet a small stain mark.

Permanent markers are similar to how hair dye and it can be really hard to get out of things or off things when it does get on it. But what this article will do is teach you how to remove that permanent sharpie marker out of your carpet without staining it or bleaching your carpet.

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Tools Needed:

  • Rubbing Alcohol 
  • Nail Polish Remover
  • Toothbrush or Scrub Brush
  • Cleaning Container 
  • Warm Water 

Cleaning Process To Get Marker Out Of Carpet

Below is two cleaning process you can choose from that you see is suitable for you and safer as well. I recommend using the rubbing alcohol method on the majority of dark color carpets and the nail polish remover method on light color carpets.

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Method 1. Using Rubbing Alcohol 

rubbing alcohol on countertop

Rubbing alcohol is one of the best all purpose cleanings that you can use to replace bleach in some scenarios. Rubbing alcohol will not teach your carpet, but it can loosen the glue that sticks the carpet together so you will need to follow the steps below carefully.

Steps To Take:

1. The first step you need to do is to clear everything around the area that has the stain on your carpet so you can clean the area more effectively.

2. Once you have cleared the area. Wet a cloth or a cotton swab with the rubbing alcohol and lightly dab the area that has the marker stain on your carpet until it’s fully wet.

3. Once the area is fully wet, wait 10-20 minutes for the rubbing alcohol to do its job and then you can we a cloth with some rubbing alcohol and wipe the area that has the stain until it slowly starts to come out.

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4. If the cloth is not wiping the stain out, you can use a toothbrush or a scrub brush and gently brush the stain and then wipe with a cloth and get it out.


Method 2. Using Nail Polish Remover

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Nail polish remover is a very strong chemical that can be used to free up a lot of chemicals that stain areas. It is strong enough to get the permanent marker out of your carpet, but not enough to bleach your carpet as how hydrogen peroxide would.

Steps To Take:

1. Remover everything where the marker mark is on the carpet and locate all the spots on the carpet so you do not miss any when you are done cleaning.

2. Fill a small bowl with warm water and get a free sheet of paper towel or get a microfiber cleaning cloth.

3. Take a tablespoon and fill it with some nail polish remover and gently apply it over the area of the carpet that has the marker stain. If the area is large, you can just pour a generous amount of nail polish remover on the area.

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4. Let the nail polish remover sit for 10 minutes before you touch the stain again. Once the 10 minutes are up, wet the area slightly again and use the cloth or paper towel to wipe out the marker mark. If the mark is not coming out use the toothbrush or brush and gently brush the stain and wipe at the same time so that the stain does not spread more.

5. Once you have wiped out the stain or majority of it. You can now use a clean cloth and wipe the area clean with the warm water you have in the cleaning bowl.

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Final Thoughts:

Getting any type of liquid that stains on a surface isnt good. Permanent markers are no different because it is similar to hair dye. When you get any stains on your carpet I recommend you try to clean it off as soon as possible so that it dense penetrate the cloth fibers too much which will make it harder to remove.

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