We’ve all had the terrifying experience of dropping a permanent marker on our favorite pair of shoes or the concrete. The despair and resentment of not being able to erase the permanent stain is unbearable. There are, however, healthy ways to lighten or even fully eliminate the permanent marker stain using common household products.
Leather, nylon, polyester, and acrylic are only a few of the fabrics that can be used to make shoes. If you need to clear a permanent ink stain from your shoes’ lather, consider using rubbing alcohol.
How to Remove Permanent Marker from Leather Shoes
You’ve probably handled leathers and suede leathers when it comes to removing sharpie from leather shoes (the soft fuzzy kind).
If your leather is smooth, gently rubbing the marker with rubbing alcohol can be very effective. If that doesn’t work, a magic eraser can normally be used if you’re gentle.
Sharpie Removal from Leather: A Step-by-Step Guide
- Wet a small section of a rag with rubbing alcohol – just enough to dampen it; we don’t want it to soak.
- Wipe the marker mark gently with a damp cloth.
- As required, reapply rubbing alcohol and frequently switch to clean areas of the rag.
- Continue until all of the marker has been removed.
- Once you’ve cleaned the bag to your satisfaction, make sure to condition the leather (with leather conditioner) to replenish the moisture that was lost during the cleaning process.
- Let’s rejoice!
Sharpie removal from suede, on the other hand, is a different matter. The marker also penetrates deep into the fibers due to its porous nature. What is the solution? rubbing alcohol, rubbing alcohol, rubbing alcohol, rubbing alcohol, rubbing alcohol, rubbing alcohol By completely saturating the sharpie-ed region, the rubbing alcohol will be able to penetrate deep enough to remove the majority of the stain. Now is the time to have the courage to see this through. The stain will normally spread out and look worse when you first stain it. It will finally come out if you keep saturating and blotting!
We face the challenge of extracting sharpie from leather soles as resellers on occasion. And I’ll be honest, I don’t really try to get rid of it anymore. Leather soles come in two types: fluffy (impossible to remove marker from) and crusty (impossible to remove marker from) (also impossible to remove marker from).
Many household items can erase or at least minimize the appearance of a sharpie mark on the leather if you don’t mind a little discoloration. If you don’t want to take that path, here are the two alternatives we use.
Other items that can be used to remove permanent marker include
In case you missed it, rubbing alcohol and/or a magic eraser are the most powerful methods for removing Sharpie from objects.
There are, however, a slew of other solutions that people have had success with and can suggest. If you have a stubborn stain, you may want to try the following methods:
People have had success with the following products:
- Bug Spray
- Hand Sanitizer
- Lighter Fluid
- Baby Wipes
- Lemon Pledge
- Clorox Wipes
- Hair Spray
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- …and dozens more
I can’t imagine ever having to remove a permanent marker stain that didn’t react to any of the materials or methods listed above.
I hope that this article was useful in saving some of your pieces from being ruined by a sharpie or permanent marker. I’ll return to build on this article as my 18-month-old grows older and more cunning, but for now, good luck and happy cleaning!