How to Get Marker Out of Carpet

If you’ve noticed a permanent marker stain ruining your carpet fibers, you’ll want to check out our quick and effective cleaning methods below. By the end, you’ll be armed with all of the knowledge and tools to easily get marker out of carpet in no time.

Rubbing Alcohol

The isopropyl/ethanol content in rubbing alcohol makes it a powerful stain remover. You may want to test out the alcohol on an inconspicuous area of your carpet before using a more generous amount. 

  • Soak a cotton ball with the rubbing alcohol and lightly rub the stain. You should also wear gloves for this method to keep your hands safe. 
  • Once you remove the marker stain, use a clean rag to firmly dab the area dry.

Hand Sanitizer

  • Apply hand sanitizer to the entire area that has permanent marker stains.
  • Use a cotton pad or cloth to gently blot the marks and make sure that it’s spread evenly.
  • Let the hand sanitizer soak into the affected area before using a cloth to remove marker stains and any residue. 

Nail Polish Remover 

The acetone contained in nail polish remover makes it an excellent stain-removal tool for ink on carpets. 

  • Apply the solution to the stained area without soaking it too much.
  • Use cotton balls to blot the area.
  • Next, use a clean cloth to rub the area clean.
  • If the stain doesn’t come out on the first attempt, try again and use a little more elbow grease. 

Hydrogen Peroxide 

Hydrogen peroxide is an oxidizing agent and bleaching agent that’s less abrasive than chlorine bleach. However, avoid spreading it across your carpet before testing it on a small area.

  • Apply the cleaning agent to the marker ink and leave it to soak in for a few minutes. Blot the area using cotton balls until the stain begins to disappear.
  • Wipe the area with a clean cloth to get rid of any marker stain residue. 

White Vinegar

  • Combine white vinegar with some water in a spray nozzle bottle.
  • Spray the carpet fabric on the areas where the erase markers have stained.
  • Leave the solution to sit for a few minutes before using paper towels or a cloth to wipe off the vinegar solution along with the ink stain. 
  • If you have colored carpets or the stain is stubborn, repeat the process. 

Baking Soda

  • Mix four tablespoons of baking soda with a one-quarter tablespoon of water into a small bowl until you create a thick paste.
  • Apply the paste onto the marker stain and let it soak into the carpet for a few minutes.
  • Next, use a vacuum cleaner to clean the stain along with the baking soda. 
  • If the area is damp, use a dry paper towel on the surface. 

Also read: How to Get Sharpie Off Tile


That wraps up our post on how to remove permanent marker stains from your carpet. Be sure to test out the above methods on small sections of your carpet to make sure they don’t cause any bad reactions.

Hopefully, you can tackle stubborn stains on your carpet more easily and quickly by using these marker stain removal tips!


Can you use hair spray for dry-erase marker stains on carpet?

Yes, as long as it’s non-oil-based hairspray. Simply spray the dry-erase marker stain with your oil-free hairspray and let it soak. Use a paper towel with a blotting motion to remove the marker from carpet. You can then use dish soap and warm water to clean the area.

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