“When dealing with ink stains, the most important thing to keep in mind is to take steps to remove it as soon as possible because old, dried stains are stubborn and extremely difficult to get rid of. Most ink and permanent marker stains can be removed with the help of the following.”
Whether you’re enjoying a fun and creative day with the kids at the weekend, or are helping out with a school project, permanent markers are a must-have item in any craft cupboard. They help keep your kid’s artwork looking bright and vibrant for longer and are handy for labelling items, but they do have a downside – the stains! The good news is that although permanent marker inks are long lasting, their stains don’t have to be. Here’s a handy guide to help you tackle permanent marker removal.
Why is Removing Permanent Marker Different to Removing Pen Ink?
Whereas regular ballpoint pens and many felt tip pens designed for kids are water-based, permanent markers are oil-based or alcohol-based. These oils and alcohols are called ‘carriers’, and they help the ink stick to a surface, and stay there. The carriers are water-resistant, so the bond between the carriers and the surface cannot be broken through the use of water alone. While flushing ballpoint pen stains with water will often produce great results, you’ll need to have some extra products on hand for dealing with permanent ink stains.