Got Permanent Marker On Your Drapes? Removal Tips Every First-Time Parent Needs To Know

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If you've got children, there just might come a day when you notice that they have permanent marker on your drapes. When this happens, you might think that you need to replace them. However, there are a few things that you can do to save the drapes so you don't have to go through that expense. This guide provides some easy methods to remove permanent marker from drapes with a few simple household items.

Removal Method 1: Apply Nail Polish Remover

Collect some cotton balls and a bottle of nail polish remover. Put on a pair of rubber gloves and then generously dab the cotton ball with the remover. Dab the cotton ball onto the permanent marker stain gently. Do not rub it in to prevent the marker from spreading. As the cotton ball begins to turn black, turn it over and use the other side. Once the cotton ball is completely black, soak another one and repeat.

Removal Method 2: Scrub With Toothpaste

Grab a soft toothbrush and squeeze some regular toothpaste on it, then wet it again just a little bit. Scrub the stain with the toothpaste and toothbrush until it begins to turn the toothbrush black. Rinse out the toothbrush and repeat the process.

Removal Tip 3: Mix Cream of Tartar and Lemon Juice

Grab a small bowl and mix equal parts of cream of tartar and lemon juice together with a spoon. Put on some rubber gloves and soak a cotton ball in the mix. Dab it onto the stain. Continue soaking and dabbing until the stain disappears. Just like the nail polish remover method, you may need to use several cotton balls to remove the stain.

Wash and Dry the Drapes

Once the stain is either removed or at least faded quite a bit, wash the drapes in the regular wash. Check to see if the stain is gone before you put them in the dryer. If so, you are done. If the stain is not gone, repeat one of your chosen methods from the list above. Only dry the drapes when the permanent marker stain is completely gone to prevent the heat of the dryer from setting the stain in further.

Read the label on the drapes or talk to places like House Of Drapery to see how to properly wash and dry them. Perform one of these methods immediately after your child gets permanent marker on them. The longer it sits, the harder it will be to remove it.

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