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Sharpie Permanent Marker Stain Removal Guide: how to remove ink stains from leather.

Posted by Frankye at On Time Supplies | Posted in Helpful Hints | Posted on 08-07-2011-05-2008

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How to Remove Sharpie Marker Stains from Leather Car Seats

Shari from OnTimeSupplies.com passes on a great tip to Office Ink on removing Sharpie permanent marker stains:

Summer is upon us, as is swim team season. Right before swim team events, I use a Sharpie permanent marker to write my kids names on their backs and arms  – as well as the obligatory “eat my bubbles.”   Then one last spray with sunscreen to protect my kids delicate skin from the harsh rays!!

We get to the swim meet and I notice my once near new leather car seats are now marked with Sharpie permanent marker ink – “eat my bubbles” permanently stamped on my nice leather seats.

I tried a baby wipes, soap and water, leather cleaner, some other miscellaneous stain removers and even one of those magic sponges. No luck, until the thought hits me – if sunscreen makes the marker go from skin to the car seat… then maybe…

Solution – spray on sunscreen!!! Remove ink stains from leather car seats like MAGIC!

Thanks Shari! I’m thinking sunscreen will work to remove ink stains from plastic and vinyl too. The next time you need to remove an ink stain, remember our Stain Removal Guide and use sunscreen!

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Comments posted (13)

I had some sharpie written on my hand that got transferred to our semi-new white leather couch. After reading the article by Frankye I tried it. I used Banana Boat spray sunscreen on a paper towel and then lightly rubbed the sharpie out of the couch. At first I thought it was starting to bleach out the couch where I was rubbing but them realized it was just that the couch was just dirty from us coming straight off the beach from playing volleyball and sitting on the couch. So great idea Frankye!!!

Glad it worked out for you!

How long should you scrub? I just tried for about 5 minutes…while it definitely faded some, it’s still really noticeable on our leather car seats (same thing…swim meet, name on back, now on car seat…). Don’t want to hurt the leather by scrubbing too much???

I just had a very similar situation with sharpie on my daughters back being transferred to my leather car seat after a swim meet. I tried an expensive leather cleaner, baby oil, soap and water but it wouldn’t come out. I was searching through all of the forums to read what others had tried when I came across this one. Thinking I would try just about anything, I tried the sunscreen and a terry cloth washcloth. To my amazement, the sunscreen took the blue sharpie right out! I had to write in and let everyone know!

I wanted to post an update to mine…I haven’t touched the “stain” since I rubbed it with sunscreen that first night…again, it originally faded the stain, but it was still very noticeable. I’ve made my daughter sit with a towel behind her whenever she’s been in the car after swimming to prevent any more potential stains, and I just looked — the black sharpie marker stain is GONE. I can’t believe it’s not there anymore. I’m so relieved! I know I left some sunscreen residue on the stain and it must have rubbed off over the last 2 weeks! Thanks for posting this advice!

I have 2 daughters ages 3 and 1.5 they got ahold of a black sharpie and drew on my red leather sofa after reading this I tried out using sunscreen on it. It worked great! no damage to the sofa or the color and no sign of the sharpie. Thank you so much for posting this idea!

crazyly insightful post. If only it was as easy to implement some of the solutions as it was to read and nod my head at each of your points

six months ago my two year old daughter was played , the shrfie marker(black) was in my purse. i didn’t realize that when she picked from my purse so many lines on it . Please anyone could help me out .

Sun screen spray

My son wrote all over the front seat of my BMW with a blue permanent marker. I wanted …well you know…! I read this article in desperation and low and behold it worked. I had to do it several times, but there is only a faint shadow of the marker left on the seat! This is an awesome trick!

I tried it on my leather car seat and it didn’t work. Not sure what to do now!!! HELP!!! I tried the sunscreen and it smeared it and faded a little but not enough. Black marker on my cream colored seat. HELP!!!!

You are a life saver with this tip. My husband just spent two weekends cleaning and polishing are car, from the wheels to the roof, inside and out. The interior has light beige leather seats. My daughter had a permanent marker in her back pocket of her jeans that came open while she was driving. It left a big stripe and two dark spots on the seat. I read your post and went out and bought the spray sunscreen and it worked like a charm. Thank you for sharing.

i wrote on my bus seat with blue sharpie how do i get it off!


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