Child, felt-tip pen and sofa. How to save your favorite furniture?16.12.2019
The upholstery of a sofa painted with a felt-tip pen or marker isn't uncommon in a home with children. In such a simple way, the kid gives the output of his creative energy. To prevent this from happening - instruct the child, palm off on him other "canvases" that are less expensive and which are not so pitiful. Well, if you didn't do this in time, then do not rush to scold the culprit, because this does not save the sofa, and the pedagogical effect of communication in high tones is often dubious.
Do not panic, do not be nervous, but act as quickly as possible.
Different options for sofa upholstery!
There are many options for upholstery, each of which can respond in its own way to pollution and attempts to remove them. Therefore, do not be too lazy to try the product somewhere in an inconspicuous area of the upholstery.
Different variants of felt-tip pens and markers!
Today, various types of felt-tip pens and markers are available for sale. Perhaps one of the most harmless for sofas is water-based markers. If due to the presence of a young artist in the house you are worried about the preservation of furniture, it is better to buy only such markers. Their traces are washed off with ordinary warm water, which does not require even soap.
Alcohol-based markers and felt-tip pens are one of the most common and popular ones. Removing traces from such a marker is carried out by means containing alcohol. For this purpose, often is using medical alcohol, cologne or vodka - whatever is in the house.
Oil-based drawings can be removed by using ordinary vegetable oil, and the fight against traces of paint components is carried out using solvents such as acetone, refined gasoline and others.
How to remove traces of felt-tip pens? The most famous options
Use wet wipes to remove water-based markers from the surface of the sofa. Do not rub too wide to prevent contamination of adjacent areas, and do not forget to change wipes. In difficult cases, you can use a medical wet towel with alcohol impregnation, which should cope with more complex contaminants. It is best to remove traces of marker from the skin and leather substitutes with alcohol.
Nail polish remover - can corrode the upholstery if you do not act too carefully. With it, you can remove traces of markers on a varnish or oil base. It is important to wash off the liquid immediately after removing the stain, otherwise, no cleaning the sofa after that will help.
Hydrogen peroxide is a good option for upholstery in bright colors. The rule for removing contaminants is simple: each time wipe the mark from the marker with a new cotton pad moistened with hydrogen peroxide.
Traces of felt-tip pen from dense fabric are removed with hairspray. To do this, apply polish to the dirt and wash it off after 20 minutes with soap, a brush, and warm water. A mixture of soda and toothpaste is used on fabrics with a rough texture. The ingredients, mixed in equal proportions, are applied to the contamination and removed with a damp sponge after drying.
Soda and lemon juice are also used to remove traces of felt-tip pens from the textile upholstery of sofas and woolen fabrics. To do this, the foam obtained by mixing the ingredients with a brush is rubbed into the dirt, and after 10-15 minutes with a damp sponge, its residues are removed from the surface.
Use vegetable oil to combat fat-based felt-tip pens. To do this, moisten the dirt and leave for several hours. After that, wash off the remaining oil with a degreasing agent, then with clean water and dry the place.
Grated laundry soap, diluted in warm water, rubbed into the dirt, leave for several minutes and remove from the surface with a damp cloth.
When removing contaminants with alcohol-based compounds from leather or leather substitutes, do not forget to treat them after that with a moisturizer. So the surface will retain elasticity and attractive appearance.
Stain removers are used if gentle home remedies did not bring results. At the same time, the risk of damage to the upholstery increases, because they often include acids and other aggressive substances.
Stain removers with whitening components are effective when working with light upholstery. Such a tool can irreparably damage dark and colored fabrics.
Often the use of aggressive agents is unjustified because sparing forms and compositions in most cases are quite effective. Covering adjacent areas of the upholstery with some thick material will protect them from damage and discoloration.
After removing stains, wash the upholstery with clean water, and even better - with a soap solution and then rinse with clean water. Even if the product is unable to damage the upholstery, this way you are safe from possible corrosion and discoloration of the upholstery.
A sofa consists not only of upholstery. Sometimes armrests and other details can also be written down because it is so convenient to draw on them.
Traces of felt-tip pens and markers from wooden parts of a sofa can be removed with a melamine sponge. In physical properties, it resembles an eraser, which erases pencil traces in a notebook. Before using it, you need to get it in warm water, after which the traces of children's art can be erased from varnished wooden and other hard surfaces. It is also possible to use glass cleaner, acetone or liquid polish remover.
To do this, the pollution is wiped with a cloth moistened with them. Even on hard surfaces, such products should be used carefully, and after the stain disappears, immediately remove the residues with soapy water and clean water.
A permanent marker is not the best choice for a home with children. Remove traces of it from the skin with sunscreen or repellent, from tissues with a hand antiseptic, and from wooden parts with alcohol. According to some reports, milk helps to remove traces of a permanent marker from the surface of furniture.