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Thread: how to say good bye to pen stains

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    Senior Member 3TreeFrog's Avatar
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    Hello Every one!

    I just wanted to pass on the trick that I use to get rid of pen and permanent marker stains off clothing, plastic, wood and even leather!

    All I do is use hair spray! Not the aerosol cans, however the spray bottles. I had a plastic misting bottle that had some kind of mixture in it (not harsh) and I needed that bottle to be able to mist my plants, so I washed the permanent marker off with hair spray. That marker had been on that bottle for about 3 to 4 years! and the bottle was in the sun room, and withing seconds the markings were gone.

    For clothing, I simply saturate the spot with the hair spray then wash the article as per normal!

    TreeFrog

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    Great tip. Thank you Marilyn

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    I'd like to add:
    As soon as possible!!
    My husband gave me a beautiful cotton dress shirt that had stains at least a month old ( regular pen) and nothing worked.
    I'm going to cut it up for fabric but what a shame. He loved it :(

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    It also depends on the ingredients in the hair spray. Use to, all hairsprays would work. The old formula of Aqua Net was the best for removing most all stains, used as a fixative for chalk pastels, and made a pretty good quilt layering baste spray. It' hard to find one with the ingredients of the old formula, usually the cheapest aerosol works pretty good.

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    Yep, I buy the big cheap stuff because once in a while I have to de-ink my dryer drum. Oh, that's such fun, not! After that fun job you get to play..... hunt the ink spots on the clothes and remove. :thumbdown:

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    It is the laquer in it it binds to the ink or crayons that is why the cheeps works the best more laquer but pure laquer will not work too harsh

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    I saw your post on the main page and just had to see what your remedy was. A few weeks ago, my 2 1/2 year old granddaughter found a sharpie maker. She decided my sofa needed a few marker lines on it. I was so upset...couldn't figure out how to get rid of them. I am going to try this today.Thank you for your help.
    Peace and Blessings and no sharpie marks on my sofa.

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    Thanks! I was using a red perm marker on my bed and put the circle I was using down and some of the marker transferred to my quilt. I am going to try this right away!

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    I've used hairspray-- some kinds work, some don't. I thought it was the cheaper ones that had lots of alcohol in them that were the best. That being said, I've used rubbng alcohol successfully.

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    Fit Vegetable Wash will remove most Sharpie marks. I took the black sharpie off my textured white fridge door and from my white table cloth. Never have sharpies in the house with any one under 3 around.

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