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How to Remove Graphite and Pencil Lead Stains

Follow these steps to remove graphite and pencil lead stains­.
Follow these steps to remove graphite and pencil lead stains­.
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­Pencils are great because they allow you to go back and make changes to what you've written. The marks they leave on surfaces other than paper can be a different story. Follow these tips to erase graphite and pencil lead stains.

The first step in removing graphite and pencil lead stains is to identify the stained material.­­­

­Below are the most common types of materials that can become graphite-stained, with steps on how to remove graphite and pencil lead stains from each:

  • Non-washable fabrics such as Acetate, Burlap, Carpet (synthetic or wool), Rayon, Silk, Triacetate or Wool
  • Washable fabrics such as Acrylic Fabric, Cotton, Linen, Modacrylic, Nylon, Olefin, Polyester or Spandex
  • Hard surfaces such as Acrylic Plastic, Aluminum, Asphalt, Bamboo, Cane, Ceramic Glass/Tile, Cork, Ivory, Linoleum, Marble, Paint (gloss), Plexiglas, Polyurethane, Porcelain Dishes, Porcelain Fixtures, Stainless Steel, Vinyl Clothing, Vinyl Tile or Vinyl Wallcovering
  • Stone surfaces such as Bluestone, Brick, Concrete, Flagstone, Granite, Limestone, Slate or Terrazzo
  • Grout
  • Leather or suede
  • Paint (flat) or wallpaper
  • Silver
  • Wood

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