How to Get Highlighter off of the Carpet?

Updated on September 07, 2009
A.H. asks from Plano, TX
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My oh so darling son decided that he was going to color with a highlighter and ended up writing on the carpet. My brown carpet has two orange highlighter lines, right in the middle of the floor. I tried regular soap and water and carpet cleaner and those didn't work. Any ideas?

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I tried the hand sanitizer and rubbing alcohol. The sanitizer didn't touch it. The rubbing alcohol faded it a little bit, but not much. I'm going to end up trying some of the other ideas to see if they work.

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answers from Lawton on

Try oxyclean. I think the oxyclean laundry stain remover would work. My grandmother had a horrible nose bleed that left her shirt covered in blood. We cleaned the shirt the next day (after it had dried!) using the laundry oxyclean and it got out everything!

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answers from Birmingham on

Some carpet cleaning companies have dyes that they use to match stains back to the original carpet. That would probably be the easiest solution.



answers from Huntsville on

The reason the hand sanitizer works is because it's got alcohol in it. You can try just rubbing alcohol on it. Just be careful to test anything you use on the carpet somewhere hidden since your carpet is brown. Some things may lighten the color of your carpet.

Another suggestion is to mix some Dawn dish soap with water. Pour some of this on the stain. Get a white rag (or paper towels), get it damp with water, and lay this over the stain. Heat an iron to cotton setting & then iron the rag or paper towel in order to steam the stain. Be sure to keep the rag/towel wet!!!

I've used that trick on orange gatorade (long after it was spilled...) and black Sharpie on carpet.



answers from Tulsa on

Try white vinegar - let it soak for awhile then blot up. If that doesnt work try alcahol. Last resort- fingernail polish remover - except that will remove some of the carpet dye- so it may make it worse unless then you could re-dye that spot with brown if the color comes out.



answers from Oklahoma City on

Try hand sanitizer. My son decided to draw a picture of himself on our carpet with hot pink sharpie and a friend of mine said to try hand sanitizer and it really worked. Just squeeze some onto the spots and rub it in. Good luck.



answers from Birmingham on

When stains come my way that I want to get rid of (even brake grease on my husband's new tan shorts came out!) I reach for the stuff sold in the auto. department that is usually citrus and very grainy. If you ask for "goop" they'll know what you are talking about. It is used by mechanics to clean oil and grease from their hands. Put this on the stain and rub. May take a time or two and then wash (or clean since it's carpet) with what ever you might normally use to brighten and clean. It continues to amaze me and I love to see the stains disappear.



answers from Lawton on

I've also heard that hand sanitizer works from friends. I haven't had an opportunity to try it yet, though.



answers from Fayetteville on

Haha, really not too funny,but I have had to go through the same thing with my little artist daughter! Simple Green on my almost white carpet removed the permanent red marker. I just squirted it right out of the bottle let it set a little bit and then scrubbed it out. I purchased it at Wal-Mart, it is good for many things. Good luck and have fun with your little artist. Don't forget to take a pic for the baby book! It will bring smiles back when he is older. :)



answers from New Orleans on

Try Resolve. It works. Just follow the instructions.

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