Writing on the Headliner - 2012 Honda CR-V Long-Term Road Test

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2012 Honda CR-V: Writing on the Headliner

February 21, 2013

2012 Honda CR-V

This weekend I noticed there was a long, dark pen mark on our 2012 Honda CR-V's light gray headliner.

I resisted taking a cleaning solution to it right away, afraid I'd make a bigger spot.

What have you used to safely remove stains from your car's interior fabrics?

Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 14,642 miles


  • sharpend sharpend Posts:

    That's why I always travel with kids where they belong - in the trunk!

  • jederino jederino Posts:

    My wife does this from the passenger seat, and she flatly refuses to ride in the trunk.

  • dscain dscain Posts:

    Spray a light coat of hairspray on the stain, then blot - don't rub. I've used it to get ink out of upholstery and headliners. Works great!

  • guillesh guillesh Posts:

    Hi Kelly, long time reader, love the blog. First thing to try is to use a BABY WIPE and rub gently. This method usually works even on delicate sofas. Apply gentle force, don't try rubbing with too much friction. At the earliest sign of smearing stop and resort to some other solution. Usually baby Wipes work for me unless the stain is WAY too tough.

  • For the headliner I have found that "Tuff Suff" does a great job of removing stains without leaving any residue or outlines. Give it a try, I got it at Wal Mart (It is a yellow & red can).

  • noburgers_ noburgers_ Posts:

    you're supposed to take it to the dry cleaner's ;)

  • tnooch1 tnooch1 Posts:

    If it is normal ball point ink (not gel or wet ink), then isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol will probably do the trick. It has worked on my clothes, but of course those are washed in addition to applying the alcohol.

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    @sharpend: That's great! Maybe that's why the Tesla offers two rear-facing seats in the very back...

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