It may happen at any time. Your favorite pen blows up. Your chair is mistaken for an art canvas by the youngsters. On games night, a game of Pictionary evolves into a murder scene. We understand that your fabric sofa goes through a lot, but an ink or texta stain might be difficult to remove! Fortunately, we have a simple technique for removing that possibly harmful stain.

What You’ll Require

Alcohol for Rubbing (such as Isocol, which may be found at most supermarkets)

Paper towel or clean, white, dry rags

Nail polish without acetone


Vinegar Blanc

How to Get Rid of an Ink Stain on a Sofa

Method for Dishwashing Detergent

Minor stains should be removed with detergent alone. Here’s how you go about it.

Step 1

Combine two cups of warm water with one spoonful of liquid dishwashing soap and one tablespoon of white vinegar.

Step 2

Apply the detergent solution to a cloth and dab at the stain, wiping it with a separate dry cloth until the stain is gone.

Step 3

Stay off the sofa until it’s dry and flush with clean water.

The Alcohol Rubbing Method

If the stain is bigger or proving difficult to remove with only detergent, try this procedure.

Step 1

Important: Before continuing, test the rubbing alcohol on a tiny, concealed part of your sofa. Some lounge textiles may be discolored by rubbing alcohol.

Step 2

Using one of the clean white towels, apply a little quantity of rubbing alcohol.

Step 3

Blot the stain lightly with the cloth, taking careful not to rub or press too hard, as this may spread the stain or cause it to penetrate further into the sofa fibers. It’s possible that you’ll need to add extra alcohol as you go. Because alcohol is able to break down the oil in permanent markers, it works well.

Step 4

Continue to blot until the stain is gone. After properly cleaning and rinsing the area, dry it with a towel.

The Application of Nail Polish

If the rubbing alcohol procedure doesn’t work, use non-acetone clear nail polish and repeat the process. Just be sure to try it out on a hidden part of your couch first.

Do you have a leather sofa? We also provide advice on how to remove pen stains from leather sofas.

Is It Possible To Remove Ink From My Couch Fabric Using Hairspray?

Hairspray was formerly thought to be a “old wives’ tale” for eliminating stains from your sofa. Hairspray nowadays doesn’t contain as much alcohol (the major eliminating agent) as it used to, thus it’s not as effective as it used to be.

What If I Can’t Get The Stain Out Of My Couch?

It’s possible that you’ll need to enlist the help of Electrodry’s experts. You may be confident that we have the knowledge and materials necessary to remove most stains. Technicians have treated a wide range of upholstery fabrics throughout the years, so they know what’s required to treat all sorts of couches. The expert will consider the fabric of your sofa as well as the kind of stain before applying specialized spot treatments, agitating the solution, and allowing it to work its magic. Your couch will appear like new after a last rinse extraction. After many years in the field, our specialists understand that not all couch textiles are created equal, and they treat yours properly to get the finest possible outcome.

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Written by Bob Matsuoka
Bob Matsuoka is a blogger and founder of RVing Beginner blog. He has been blogging for over five years, writing about his own family’s RV adventures, tips for people who are interested in buying an RV or taking their family on an adventure by RV.