Maria asked: How do I remove permanent marker stains from oilcloth? We have an oilcloth covering our kitchen table. It’s mostly white and our son drew on it using permanent marker. How can I get it off? Thanks!
Today’s oilcloth is a vinyl material on top of a cotton mesh. To remove the stains, we follow the same procedures as removing permanent marker from vinyl.
You Will Need:
- Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
- Rubbing alcohol
- Plain white toothpaste
- Nail polish remover
- Mild detergent
- Soft cloths or sponge
- Cotton balls
Steps to Remove the Marker:
*Always test a small hidden area first to ensure the cleaning product does not remove any color or designs on the oilcloth.
- Begin with the easiest fix, the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, if it is available. Simply moisten the sponge and gently scrub the area.
- If the stain still remains, moisten a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover. Rub it over the stain until it is removed.
- If another method is needed, try spreading plain, white toothpaste over the stain. Let it set for a few minutes and then wipe away.
- This may require a couple of repeated applications before the stain is completely gone.
- Once the stain is gone, clean the area using a soft cloth moistened with water and a mild detergent.
- Rinse with clean water and soft cloth.
- Allow the area to dry completely.
Additional Tips and Ideas
- Some have had success using WD-40. Simply spray it on the marker and wipe it away. Clean the area with a mild detergent and rinse with clean water.
- Ensure that all cleaning products are completely removed before using the oilcloth again (especially if it is used as a tablecloth).