Life with the Wallaces

Ball Point + Sharpie Removal

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So this past week, Morgan decided that she needed to try her very hardest to ruin our couches (one in living room, one in sitting room). I thought I would share would I used in case anyone else has the same luck with having your child try to outsmart you. After seeing her write on the sofas, not once, not twice, but three times, it was clearly obvious she was out to try to outsmart her mom and dad.

1. Ballpoint pen was the first try at the smaller sofa. I left her for what seemed like a split second. I came back to find out she found a pen (thought those were safe!). She thought it would be fun to take the pen and mark on the sofa. Ballpoint pen just for a heads up is super easy to remove, sharpie on the other hand is up for grabs at how difficult.

2. I went out with some former co-workers, and left Morgan with daddy. She decided this time that she needed to up the level of fun and take a sharpie and a dry erase marker on that part. If you havent had to remove these from a sofa, you are in luck.

3. Friday, I went to use the restroom and came back to find this same sharpie and dry erase marker had been used on different areas of the couch.

How to Remove the stains…

So all this to say-ball point pen-super easy, dry erase-not too hard, sharpie-its going to take you some time and frustration to get out.

Ball point pen-get hairspray (supposedly it has alcohol in it) and spray on stain. Leave for a few minutes (1-2 minutes), then get a damp cloth and rub gently. Only word of caution, don’t use too much hairspray or it will make the area a bit “hard”. If you do use too much though, you can always use a bunch of water and it will get better (already learned this lesson)

Dry Erase Marker-a combination of hairspray +a little expo cleaner=gone. It was a pretty easy process.

Sharpie-go ahead and get some major patience for this one. We started out trying out the hairspray and it got out a little bit of it, but not that much. Then we went on to the magic eraser. It did remove a good bit of it, but it was still very obvious. Last, we figured out our cushion cover could be removed from the couch. We actually took that, removed it from the padding. I soaked it for a good 1.5 hrs in OxiClean (2 scoops). It seemed to do the trick and almost removed most of it. Here is the before and after pictures of the sharpie. We will probably do it again to hopefully remove it all.

Hope this helps someone else who has a curious little one!


Author: Amber Wallace

High School Digital Media teacher that is married to a Digital Media Communications at a local college. We have one little girl who was born May 28, 2010 and hope to add another one soon!

One thought on “Ball Point + Sharpie Removal

  1. As soon as I saw the title of this post I went “Uh Oh!”….hahaha…it’s not funny but she’s a persistent little gal if nothing else! Glad to see you guys got it out and will definitely need to remember these tactics as I’m sure I will need it!!

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