If you’ve got a toddler who’s crazy for crayons or a Sudoku-mad partner who can’t help but lose pen lids, then you’ve probably had your fair share of sofa stain scares.
Difficult to hide and even tougher to clear up, ink stains – especially from permanent markers – can be a real eyesore. But don’t worry if you’ve tried to remove them and failed in the past – there is still hope.
Learn how to easily remove ink and biro from your fabric sofa with our top tips, below.
Before you get started with any of the methods below, it is worth checking the individual cleaning codes of your sofa fabric (usually found on the underside of your sofa cushions).
Here is what each cleaning code means:
For the most stubborn stains, you need a strong cleaning solution. Thankfully, rubbing alcohol is great for working deep into sofa fabric without damaging its exterior (fun fact: it’s also a fantastic stainless steel cleaner and homemade disinfectant).
If you’re unsure where to buy your rubbing alcohol from, many online retailers sell bottles for less than £5. For those with frequent ink woes, it’s certainly worth buying for future clean-ups.
Here’s how to remove biro from fabric with rubbing alcohol:
TOP TIP: When dabbing your stain, work from the outside before gradually moving towards the centre. This will ensure you’re absorbing as much ink as possible without smudging it deeper into the fibres.
TOP TIP: Avoid pouring alcohol directly on the stain; this will simply make your fabric sofa wet and difficult to blot dry.
Probably the most universal cleaning solution of all, white vinegar is ideal for cleaning up stubborn sofa blemishes. From cleaning a leather sofa to stripping bad smells from fabric, white vinegar naturally clears away marks so that your sofa is given a new lease of life.
To see how to use white vinegar to remove ink and biro stains, take a look below:
Did you know hairspray is just as good at cleaning up ink stains as it is at holding your locks in place? That’s right – there’s no need for expensive cleaning products with this method; all you need to do is pay a visit to your vanity cabinet to get going.
Here’s how to clean ink stains using hairspray:
TOP TIP: This method works a treat on in-stained clothing, too (remember this next time a biro bursts in your shirt pocket).
) if you follow any of these methods, it is not our responsibility if the fabric is damaged
If you’ve tried all three methods and your stains still aren’t coming away, you may need to hide the mark with a matching sofa cover. To see our sofa cover range and list of fabrics, take a look at the Plumbs website.
As a reupholstery specialist, we are experts at sourcing the best fabrics for our customers. However, we are not responsible for any damage caused to sofa fabrics as a result of these methods, or any other cleaning methods.
Sophie is a great granddaughter of the founders of the business - so fabrics and furniture are almost part of her DNA! Her interests include home interiors and upcycling, and her favourite show to watch after work is The Repair Shop. Some of the topics she covers on the Plumbs blog include sofa reupholstery and furniture protection.
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