How To Remove Chalk Marker Stain From Washable Fabrics
January 23, 2023
Chalk marker stains can be a real challenge to remove, but don't let them ruin your clothes. In this guide, we'll show you a simple and effective way to remove chalk marker stains from washable fabrics. With our step-by-step guide, you'll be able to restore your clothes to their original condition in no time. Keep reading to learn the secrets of removing chalk marker stains from any washable fabric. Say goodbye to unsightly chalk marker stains and hello to fresh, clean clothes.
Various (depending on color)
A brightly colored stain with a chalky or powdery appearance.
Cold (65° to 75°F)
RATIONALE FOR WATER TEMP
Cold water helps to prevent the marker from causing further damage to the fabric.
The Science Behind Chalk Marker Stains
Chalk markers use a water-based pigment that adheres to surfaces by penetrating and staining the fibers of the fabric. The pigments in the ink are not water-soluble, meaning that once the ink comes into contact with the fabric, it cannot be easily removed by water alone. This is why when chalk marker stains clothes, it can be difficult to remove. The longer the ink is left on the fabric, the more it will penetrate the fibers, making it harder to remove.
What You'll Need To Get Rid Of Chalk Marker Stains
Step By Step Process To Remove Chalk Marker Stains
Blot the stain with a clean, white cloth to remove as much of the ink as possible.
Mix a solution of detergent and warm water. Use enough detergent to create suds.
Apply the detergent solution to the stain and work it into the fabric with your fingers or a soft brush.
Let the garment soak in the solution for 15-30 minutes.
Rinse the garment in warm water to remove the detergent.
If the stain is still present, mix a solution of 1 part white vinegar to 1 part warm water. Apply it to the stain and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.
Blot the stain with a clean white cloth. If stain is still present, mix a paste of baking soda and water, apply it to the stain and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.
If the stain is still present, apply hydrogen peroxide directly to the stain and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.
Blot the stain with a clean white cloth. If stain is still present, apply laundry stain remover directly to the stain and let it sit for the time indicated on the product label.
Wash the garment in the washer, using the hottest water safe for the fabric.
Note: It is important to check the garment's care label to ensure that the selected methods and products are safe for the specific fabric, also, always test a small, inconspicuous area before treating the entire stain to ensure colorfastness and avoid any damage to the fabric.
Chalk marker stains are caused by pigments in the ink that penetrate and stain the fibers of fabrics. To remove the stain, use a combination of detergent, water, white vinegar, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and laundry stain remover. Soak, blot and wash the garment on the hottest water safe for the fabric. Always test a small inconspicuous area before treating the entire stain to avoid any damage to the fabric.
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About The Writer
Marcene Livn has worked in the cleaning industry for more than a decade. Her specialty is stain removal. From everyday spills to tough, set-in stains, Marcene's methods and knowledge are unmatched.