Tip for removing felt and marker stains

How to remove a felt stain easily? A marker stain comes so quickly, especially on a tablecloth or children’s clothes, right!?

Luckily, there are some grandmother’s tricks and remedies to make those felt stains disappear! Happy cleaning!

1. Felt-tip stain on fabric and lemon juice

On clothing or other fabric surfaces such as a tablecloth, lemon is an effective natural remedy for removing felt stains.

So here’s how to untie the fabric with the lemon:

  1. Dampen a cloth with lemon juice and dab the felt stain.
  2. As soon as you notice that the marker is diluting, apply an absorbent paper to the marker spot to absorb the ink.
  3. Repeat, reapplying lemon juice and a paper towel until the felt stain is completely gone.

2. Removing felt from a white garment

Another trick to quickly remove a marker stain from clothing is to use hydrogen peroxide as a homemade stain remover.

Please note that hydrogen peroxide should only be used to remove felt stains from white, cotton clothing.

Here’s how to do this trick:

  1. Soak a small cloth or cotton ball in hydrogen peroxide and dab the marker stain.
  2. Rinse the white garment with water and finish machine cleaning.

If it’s more about ink then I recommend these other smudge removal tips and tricks: Removing an ink stain.

3. Removing felt from wood

If your child has just stained a wooden piece of furniture or your pretty felt-varnished wooden floor, don’t panic, here are 2 tips for cleaning everything!

  • Felt stain on varnished wood: Rub the marker stain with a cloth and lemon juice, rinse and dry. You can also rub the felt stain directly with a lemon cut in half.
  • Felt stain on waxed wood: Rub the felt stain with a cloth and 70° alcohol. Rinse with a damp cloth and dry to finish.

Lemon is also effective in removing felt stains and other stubborn stains from natural wood furniture.

If it’s more of a ballpoint pen smudge then I recommend these other tips and tricks instead: Removing a pen stain.

4. Removing felt from leather

Leather clothing, chair or sofa, here is how to remove a felt stain from leather.

Here’s how to use hairspray to loosen leather:

  1. Spray some hairspray directly on the felt stain.
  2. Then take a slightly damp (soft) cloth and rub the leather.
  3. Let the leather dry and eventually the felt stain will be completely gone.

You can also add some baby cleansing milk to nourish your sofa leather to complete the trick.

5. Removing permanent marker from a carpet

If you have just noticed a marker stain on your beautiful carpet, white vinegar or 70° alcohol are 2 effective products for stain removal.

Here’s how to clean that carpet stain:

  1. Soak a clean cloth in white vinegar (or 70° alcohol) and dab the marker stain.
  2. Take a new cloth and blot the stain and vinegar and repeat until the stain is gone.
  3. Rinse with a damp cloth and lukewarm water and allow to dry to finish.

6. Cleaning felt or ink from lino

For a lino or vinyl floor, there are a few solutions for removing marker and ink stains.

  • Eraser: Use your child’s eraser to rub the felt stain on some lino.
  • Turpentine: Simply rub the marker stain with a rag soaked in turpentine. Don’t forget to rinse with a cloth and water at the end.

For other stubborn stains on lino I suggest reading these other tips: Tips for cleaning lino.

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