How to Remove Washable Marker From Fabric Couch

Crayola washable markers are great for art projects. However, the stain removal process involved with removing Crayola marker ink from fabric upholstery can seem like an impossible challenge.

Below, you can discover the best ways to remove permanent marker stains from your fabric upholstery quickly and easily. These methods work effectively for the most stubborn marker stains. 

Baking Soda 

  • Put some water in a spray bottle and spray the Crayola/Sharpie stains
  • Sprinkle a small quantity of baking soda onto the fabric or leather upholstery.
  • Once the baking soda and water mixture has seeped into the upholstery, use a dry cleaning cloth to wipe the stain away along with any excess moisture.

Rubbing Alcohol

  • Grab a dry cloth and dampen it with rubbing alcohol. 
  • Rub the fabric or leather surface until the entire stain has been removed. 
  • If there is a leftover stain, repeat the process. 
  • Use a wet sponge or cloth to wipe the area clean and remove any excess alcohol and marker ink. 

Vinegar and Detergent Solution

  • Mix one tablespoon of white vinegar with a tablespoon of dishwashing detergent and a couple of cups of cool water. 
  • Once you’ve mixed the solution, dip a dry cloth into the bowl and squeeze out the excess cleaning solution so that it doesn’t drip. 
  • When you apply the solution to the Crayola marker stain, make sure that it soaks into the fabric. 
  • You don’t need to put too much elbow grease into this method. Gently rubbing the area works well. 
  • Make sure that you leave the solution to soak into the marker stain for half an hour. This gives the solution time to break down the ink stains.
  • Use a clean cloth or paper towel to wipe the area clean.  


Those are three of the most effective ways in removing marker stains from your couch’s upholstery, and any other type of fabric in your home. After reading through this post, we hope that you’re feeling more confident about removing Crayola washable marker stains from your fabric.

Also read: How to Set Permanent Marker on Fabric


Can you use nail polish remover to clean washable marker stains?

Yes. The acetone contained in nail polish remover is effective for removing a green Crayola marker stain (or any colour to be fair). Apply some nail polish remover to a cotton ball and rub the stained clothing or fabric until the ink stain disappears. If the stain remains from the Crayola brand markers, simply repeat the process.

Use a cloth dampened in water to wipe the surface clean and to remove any marker residue.

Does hair spray work to remove permanent marker stains?

Hairspray can be an effective solution to remove washable markers. Simply spray the Sharpie marks and let them soak into the marker stain for a few minutes. Use a damp cloth to wipe the ink stain and any leftover residue.

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