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How to Remove Permanent Marker from Carpet

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📅 March 17, 2022

⏱️3 min read

Do you have kids at home? Well if you do, then finding a permanent marker stain on the carpet is not a surprise anymore. Permanent marker stains on the carpet often appear awful.

Note: A permanent marker pen does not necessarily mean a permanent stain on the carpet. There are several effective ways to remove the stain.

Trick: Use a dish soap solution to eliminate the stain for a fresh stained marker pen.

Here are ways you can turn that permanent stain to temporary;

Hair Spray

Items required

  • Oil-free hair spray like Garnier Fructis
  • Paper towel

Step-by-step process

  1. Spray the affected area with an oil-free spray
  2. Blot the area with a paper towel
  3. Repeat the process until the stain is completely absorbed

Hand Sanitizer

Items required

  • Recommended hand sanitizer
  • Towel

Step-by-step process

  1. Squeeze the sanitizer on the carpet stain
  2. Gently rub the marker stain with a towel
  3. Add more sanitizer (if necessary)
  4. Repeat step three above until all the stain disappears.

Nail Polish Remover

Items required

  • Acetone based nail polish remover
  • Cotton wool

Step-by-step process

  1. Make balls using the cotton wool and dip them in the acetone
  2. Blot the stain using the damp cotton balls (repeat this process until the stain disappears)

Rubbing Alcohol

Items required

  • 91% Isopropyl alcohol
  • Dry cloth

Step-by-step process

  1. Pour some rubbing alcohol on the stained carpet and let it soak for a few minutes
  2. Blot the stain with a dry cloth
  3. Repeat the above process until the stain disappears

Old permanent marker stains can be hard to eliminate. Hence, use the following commercial products that guarantee effective results.

1. Goo Gone Original Remover

This is the most trusted product that efficiently removes permanent marker stains on the carpet. Goo Gone Remover works in minutes without damaging your carpet fibers. Furthermore, it leaves your carpet with a fresh citrus smell.

Remember! Always pretest the product before use. To use it, apply and let it soak in for 5-10 minutes. The stain absorbs the remover and can be easily wiped off. Wash with hot soapy water to protect the carpet fibers.

Goo Gone Original Remover

2. Goof Off FG653 Professional Strength Remover

The best thing about this particular product is that it works on the first application. It will cut through those tough marker stains leaving your carpet clean.

Also, it can be used on hard surfaces.

Warning: It has harsh Ethylbenzene chemicals that have a strong smells.

Goof Off FG653 Professional Strength Remover


Permanent markers are excellent on long-lasting projects. However, it can be risky using them close to the carpets.

Luckily, the above guide has looked at all the effective ways of removing permanent marker from the carpet.

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