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How do you remove permanent marker stains from clothing?

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To remove permanent marker stains from clothing, address the stain as soon as possible after it occurs, spread the garment over a pile of dry paper towels and apply rubbing alcohol or a stain removing product to the clothing. Always test a stain removal agent before applying it to the entire garment.

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The longer a stain remains on a garment, the more permanent it becomes. In some cases, it might not be possible to remove permanent marker stains from clothing.

  1. Prepare the garment
  2. Create a layer of paper towels on a clean, hard surface. Lay the garment face-down on the paper towels so that the stain can be transferred to them.

  3. Apply stain removal solution
  4. Use a sponge or cloth to gently blot the stain and the surrounding area with rubbing alcohol or a commercial stain remover, such as Amodex. As the paper towels are saturated, replace them with fresh towels. When the stain has disappeared from the fabric, launder the entire garment as usual.

Always follow the manufacturer's instructions as well as the care labels on garments to ensure accuracy and to avoid further damaging the clothing. Some garments, such as those that must be dry cleaned, should be handled only by a cleaning professional. Otherwise, the owner risks damaging the material.

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