The Day that Pinterest Saved My Couch

If you do not know by now, I am a Pinterest fanatic. It is my happy place. The place I look when I need inspiration, eye candy, or just as a place to browse. It is a place I like to go when I should be getting work done, cleaning the house, or I do not know, organizing the pantry. Okay, so I am sure you get it by now. Little did I know this place of inspiration was going to save the day!

You might also know that my little man is quite the artist.  He loves to draw everywhere, and I mean everywhere.  At first I embraced it and thought it was cute, but then the unthinkable happened, he colored on my couch with a blue (& green) crayon.  When I saw this I was not thinking happy thoughts of Harold and the Purple Crayon, I was thinking quite the opposite.  I figured there was nothing we could do, and I was just going to have to deal with it until we got a new couch.  Gives it character, right?


I had moved on from the blue crayon incident and accepted it. Until one day I found a glimmer of hope on you guessed it, Pinterest.  While browsing I found a way to clean dirt off of a microfiber couch using rubbing alcohol.   Would this work with crayon too?    Could this be the answer to my dreams?  I decided to give it a shot.  There is no way it could not get any worse.

Picnik collage

1. I sprayed it with a light mist of rubbing alcohol just to get it damp.
2. Scrubbed it with a new sponge.
3. Let it dry. Completely.
4. Brushed it with a new scrubbing brush to get the microfiber soft again.

And . . .

Voila!  It works on crayon too!  Thank you Pinterest! Without you I would have never found a way to save my couch! And thank you  ChrisandRobinsNest for the great idea!

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  1. That is awesome! I’m usually on Pinterest for the food 😛 lol, but have seen some really awesome craft and DIY things. My mom has this type of couch. I’m going to forward your post and the link to her.

  2. That is amazing!! I always need good tips for stains, I never would have thought of pinterest. Not sure why because I go there for everything else! HA! Glad you saved your couch!

  3. I am very pleased that you found the solution to my problem. All my living room furniture and computer chair is microfiber material. I am going to give it a try. Thanks!

  4. Great save!! I love pinterest and I also have a microfiber couch. Can you believe the microfiber cleaning kit actually got a huge glob of mayo out of my couch? My hubby was the culprit of course….all that mayo….he was mortified cause he knew he was in trouble. So thankful it came out you know being grease and all!

    I’m looking forward to meeting you at the KBS this weekend. Are you flying in from warm weather too? I’m in South Florida. I’m going to FREEZE!! 😉

  5. I have to say that I just tried this and it required a little elbow grease but the bright white crayon marks that my son used to color my chocolate brown microfiber/endurosuede couch came off cant even tell they were there!!! I saw this on pinterest just to clean microfiber not necessarily to get crayon off and when he decided to color the couch this is the first trick I tried thank you google and pinterest

  6. THANK YOU!!! I just discovered a “masterpiece” on the end of our light beige, microfiber couch in black crayon. I took your advice and gone just like that. I appreciate you sharing this tip for us. 🙂

  7. I tried this as well! My son drew a masterpiece on the whole entire back side of my mom’s couch…in many colors! The black, white, and green came out. But the yellow, red, light green, and light blue will not come out. Going to try a few more times.

  8. Thank you so much for the post, you just saved my couch!!! I did as you said and it came out no problem. I didn’t even need to scrub that hard.

  9. I think you just saved my son’s life. (just kidding it would never endanger my kiddos). He just marked all over a chair that matches a living room set. I was sure it was destined for the dump. I figured even Goodwill wouldn’t want this custom piece of furniture. This worked amazingly well. THANK YOU!!!!

  10. I found your blog by googling “how to remove crayon from a microfiber couch.” I must say, I’m soooo glad I did! This just saved my grandmother’s couch. She was beyond mad when she found out my DD drew all over her couch. She didn’t believe it would come out. Boy, did I show her the beauty of Google! Lol. Thank you soon much!

  11. THANK YOU! Your blog just saved my couch when professional upholstery cleaners told me they couldn’t get blue crayon off of it. My day is 1000x better now that I used your instructions and got the couch back to looking like new. THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing your magic fix!!!