A permanent marker is one tough stain to remove. But remember when trying to remove a permanent marker stain, that you should first check the garment for its content, as well as any manufacturer’s instructions.
Removing permanent marker ink from your clothing can seem like quite the disaster, especially on light-colored clothing. But you shouldn’t have to throw out your favorite beige shirt simply because it got stained with a little permanent ink.
Permanent ink is not all that permanent. It can be dissolved by a host of solvents. Before you start racking your brains, rest assured that the solution may be as simple as your hand sanitizer or hair spray. Similar methods are used to remove permanent marker ink from dry-erase boards.
That being said, getting permanent ink stains out of clothing is not child’s play. Different brands of markers may have different formulations of permanent ink. The success of the cleaning agent will depend on the chemical formulation of the ink as well as how well the ink adheres to different fabrics.
While you can spend a good amount of money to buy specialized ink removers, spot cleaning can be done at home with some simple agents before laundering the clothing as usual.
When using any solvent-based cleaner, place paper towels underneath and on top of the fabric. Solvents reactivate the ink, which dissolves and starts spreading with the solvent. The paper towels will absorb the solvent as well as the ink.