Getting Red Sharpie Out of a Suede Couch

Updated on June 09, 2008
T.C. asks from Dallas, TX
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My 2 year old found a RED SHARPIE yesterday when we were visiting my sister. I was talking to her and all of a sudden turned my head to see why he was sooo quiet only to find that he had cover the whole arm rest of the light colored suede couch in my sis's living room.
Does anyone know how to get sharpie ink from suede????? PLEASE HELP!!!!!

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R.B.

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I would suggest trying a product called solumel- it got permanent black marker off my dining room table.If you know someone who sells Melaleuca get it from them or if not I would be happy to get it for you.

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D.O.

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Solumel all the way! My 3 year old got his little hands on a black Sharpie and decided to display his artistic talents all over my computer screen, his body, and the desk. Solumel got it ALL off. It saved us SO much money!

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S.W.

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In my experience, the "Mr. Clean Magic Eraser" gets sharpie ink off of computer screens and tv screens when nothing else would. Dont know if it works on furniture, but it's definitely worth a try!!! I swear by those things! They are in the cleaning aisle of every store! Good luck!

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S.W.

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i'm not sure about suede, but i know that rubbing alcohol will get our permenent marker. you might test a little bit on a dry rag on a spot not seen to make sure it's ok for the suede. also Mr. Clean Magic Eraser seems to work on almost anything as well.

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T.T.

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Have you tried rubbing alcohol? Try dabbing the area instead of rubbing it.

Or Finger Nail Polish Remover...

So sorry to hear about that! We have light beige furniture as well....this is my worst fear!

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R.B.

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I would suggest trying a product called solumel- it got permanent black marker off my dining room table.If you know someone who sells Melaleuca get it from them or if not I would be happy to get it for you.

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D.O.

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Solumel all the way! My 3 year old got his little hands on a black Sharpie and decided to display his artistic talents all over my computer screen, his body, and the desk. Solumel got it ALL off. It saved us SO much money!

L.A.

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I have lovely black sharpie drawings all over my couch from my 2 year old. I couldn't get them out, so we just leave his art side of the cushions on all the time, and flip them to the good side when company comes over.

Sometimes, steam cleaning may help at least fade it some.

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J.P.

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Aerosol hairspray gets sharpie easily off of hard surfaces- I've never tried it on suede, though. Could be worth a try. Good luck!

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M.M.

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My son drew on his classroom carpet w/ a black sharpie. The janitor couldn't get it out but the teacher did w/ a Mr. Clean eraser. I am a new elementary teacher and have been told by many veteran teachers to have a Mr. Clean eraser handy - it will erase most anything. Try it on a spot that won't be seen to test for bleeding, if it's okay, erase away!

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C.S.

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Try a Mr. Clean sponge and rubbing alchol. My kids are king of the sharpie markers.

C. S.

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R.F.

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My daughters drew all over my suede couch with a black sharpie once. I used HairSpray to get it out. It worked great. The one in the pump seemed to work better. Hope it works for you.

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R.W.

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It is not your couch - so pay a professional. It's one thing to try the home remedies on your own furniture.

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P.T.

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there is a product for this - i was told about it and have used it and it gets out EVERYTHING -i think it is called "hot shot" or "spot shot" it is in a red & blue can with a red top i think - it is in with the carpet/upholstry cleaning supplies @ home depot, walmart, etc. - anyway my son went threw this phase also on every couch and chair we own but it got it out of everything - AND it is made for upholstry so it shouldn't hurt it although it is always best to try it on a discreet area first - i have used the mr. clean sponge as well for the walls and doors (he didn't stop with just the furniture :-) and that worked really good too - also the hairspray works most of the time too but may be cautious of using that on suede?? i am sure it will come out - don't worry - we always know they are up to something when they are quiet - my daughter did it once and i told her no and she never did it again - my son did it over & over & over again - did not matter what discipline i used - he just couldn't resist the temptation -and with a very artistic 11 year old sister around, the markers, crayons, highlighters, paint pens, etc. were abundant - he will grow out of it - as it is said, this too shall pass :-)

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K.M.

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My hubby used hand sanitizer to get ink out of our suede chair and it worked! Just put some on a q-tip!

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D.B.

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I would be afraid of it bleeding or bleaching out color. My advice would be to call a professional if it is a nice piece of furniture.

E.H.

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Our company specializes in leather and suede cleaning. I would be very careful what you use on it as it depends on teh quality of the suede as to how it will affect it. PLease feel free to call Randy at Cornerstone Chem-Dry ###-###-#### for any advice he can give you. If he is not in the office, ask the staff to forward you to his cell phone or leave a message on his voice mail and he will get back to you! Good luck!
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A.G.

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Hair spray...i use aussie or final net.
Test a small area first

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M.V.

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Purell works like a charm. I've used Purell (yes, the hand sanitizer) to get ink stains out of clothes and black sharpie off of kitchen cabinets and carpet as well as blood off of the carpet and furniture.

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K.M.

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T.:

Please, please send me a message when you get your responses. My two year old did the same with a black sharpie about two weeks ago! I can repaint the walls, but the dining room chair, the leather sofa and chair and a suede chair?????

Thanks so much in advance!

T.H.

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Alcohol...saturate the area then dab the spot with a clean white cloth or white paper towels. It will take awhile...I have used this process to get purple sharpie out of an antique couch when my son was a toddler. I called Sharpie and asked their advice, that is what they told me. I really didn't think it would work but it did! Be patient. Don't dry it with any type of heat. You may want to call Sharpie to see if it is the same advice for leather. You could also check with a leather specialists for recomendations for the cleaning process for suede.

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T.C.

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Rubbing alcohol will get sharpie out of most anything. I have 4 children. My suggestion would be to put the alcohol on a cotton ball and squeeze the cotton ball to almost dry (do not leave it soaking as this will bleed the marker to other areas that it is not already there). Then BLOT not rub it on the marker areas. It will be a slow process, but it's important to NOT have a soaking cotton ball or to rub. Hope this helps!

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