How To Clean Sharpie Stains From Carpet. By Ken Strid
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What a disaster! Your 5 year old found your Sharpie in your junk drawer. After he drew all over his arms, face and hands, he continued his budding art career by coloring on your carpet. That nice, plush and silky neutral color carpet that softens and warms your home now has squiggly black lines right smack dab in the middle of your living room. Of course it would have to be the living room. That’s the first room everyone sees when they enter your home.
So… what to do now? Telling Tommy to “Clean up that mess!” isn’t going to get that Sharpie stain out of your carpet. And Sharpie ink is impenetrable, right? Unfortunately, Yes, sometimes it is. However, depending on how old the Sharpie accident is, what kind of carpet it is and how long it’s been since your last Scotchgard application, sometimes the following procedure will work. Give it a try.
How to Remove Sharpie Stains From Carpet. See video for alternate procedure.
1. Mix one tablespoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon of white vinegar with two cups of warm water.
2. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent/vinegar solution, blotting frequently with a dry cloth until the stain disappears.
3. Flush with clear water.
4. Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
5. If the stain remains, sponge the stain with rubbing alcohol. Blot to remove the stain.
6. Flush with alcohol; let it air-dry.
7. Sponge with cold water.
8. Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
9. Mix one teaspoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon of ammonia with two cups of warm water. Sponge the stain with this solution. Leave it on the stain for at least 30 minutes, blotting every five minutes with a clean white cloth and more solution.
10. Sponge with cold water and blot dry.