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Thread: HELP with removing Clover Chalk marker lines *****

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    Unhappy HELP with removing Clover Chalk marker lines *****

    I have been using the Clover Powdered Chalk Markers with no problems until I used the YELLOW one. I used it to mark some design lines on 3 of my blocks & they refuse to come out. I have tried everything & they are still visible. This is a quilt that I am donating for a local Charity Breast Cancer Golf tournament. I am so frustrated. All that work & now these lines are still showing. My DH says he can't see them but men just don't see things the way we see them. They have faded a bit but they are still there. Can anyone give me some suggestions as to how I can remove these marks. I have used an eraser on them & that helped a bit, used baking soda & now it is in the wash after SOFT scrubbing them with some water & Dawn dishwashing soap. Any help would be appreciated.
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    Maybe try a Mr Clean Magic Eraser - I have used them on everything from fabric to scuff marks on the truck.
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    Dawn is not recommended for removing pencil marks. I hate to say this but those yellow lines - tho faint) may be there forever. I don't believe it is ever a good idea to use the colored chalk in whatever way it comes - chalk, pencil. I tried bleaching some yellow out of muslin one time - a pencil that supposed to be washable and it never came out of the muslin. Test first is always a good idea - never trust the manufacturer. Test it for yourself. These marker can react differently depending on the fabric.

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    is the quilt made up already? if so, soak it Oxy clean and rub marks too a bit if necessary. I got out years old pencil marks that way. Good luck.
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    I had that happen with the blue chalko only what happened is the blue chalk embedded in my thread. Came out of the fabric just fine. I will now only use the white. For colored marking I use the blue water soluble pens.

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    I read that the yellow is hard to get out. Right after I bought a yellow chaco pen. So it's still in the package and I still use my white one, or the hera marker for light fabrics. Have you tried emailing clover for advice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by carslo View Post
    Maybe try a Mr Clean Magic Eraser - I have used them on everything from fabric to scuff marks on the truck.
    This is what Clover suggested to me when I couldn't get the BLUE Clover chalk out of the quilt I made. CALL THEM and complain!! I always used the white with no problem especially on dark borders. I HOPE something works for you. And yes, men don't see the things we see but even a non quilter might not notice the chalk. Good Luck !!
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    have you washed the whole quilt? in the washer, with detergent? if your hubby can not see them there's a good chance neither can anyone else---it may just be you are *up close & personal* and see them because you are concentrating on them...I used the yellow one time on white on white squares, quilted *feather angels* in those squares...drove myself crazy believing the yellow was still visible- the person who had requested/bought the quilt came over I didn't even want to show it to her---did anyway- she could not see any yellow lines on it- really thought I just wanted to keep the quilt...I did toss it into the washer/dryer after quilting/binding- everything really did come out just fine. friend took her quilt home & put it on the bed it was for- I stopped by a week later & could not see the (perceived) yellow any more....if you lay the quilt out on your bed & walk away- then walk in & stand at the end of the bed (not on top of it-inspecting it with a magnifier) can you really see them??? chances are your hubby is right.
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    Try this product called Sew Clean. Some quilt stores carry it and it is available online.

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    I had the problem with the gray. It's still there after many treatments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by callen View Post
    I have been using the Clover Powdered Chalk Markers with no problems until I used the YELLOW one. I used it to mark some design lines on 3 of my blocks & they refuse to come out. I have tried everything & they are still visible. This is a quilt that I am donating for a local Charity Breast Cancer Golf tournament. I am so frustrated. All that work & now these lines are still showing. My DH says he can't see them but men just don't see things the way we see them. They have faded a bit but they are still there. Can anyone give me some suggestions as to how I can remove these marks. I have used an eraser on them & that helped a bit, used baking soda & now it is in the wash after SOFT scrubbing them with some water & Dawn dishwashing soap. Any help would be appreciated.
    I did try the Magic Eraser with no success but maybe I didn't try hard enough. I was so afraid it might take some of the fabric colour out BUT I did try Oxiclean MaxForce, which is in a spray bottle at WalMart. I gently brushed the lines with a soft, well worn toothbrush & hooray, success. That's after 3 washings & trying several other options.
    Thank you ladies for all your help - I just love this forum. I can now donate this quilt without feeling bad about the lines.
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    Great I am glad that something worked for you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by carslo View Post
    Great I am glad that something worked for you!
    Tks Carslo, I will remember to try Magic Eraser on fabric at another time (hopefully it won't happen again). So good to hear from you.
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    wonderful. i'm glad you got the marks out.
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