How to Remove Permanent Marker from Vinyl

Permanent markers are called permanent for a reason. They are designed to create marks that stay on the surface for as long as possible. This is a positive effect when the marks are intentional. However, if a permanent marker is accidentally applied to your vinyl item--be it flooring or furniture--you may go crazy trying to remove the black marks. Fortunately, there are a variety of methods that can successfully remove permanent marker from your vinyl item using a few common household items.

Permanent markers come in a variety of colors.

Rubbing Alcohol

Step 1

Saturate a soft cloth with rubbing alcohol.

Step 2

Rub the permanent marker stain with the cloth. Rub gently in a circular motion. Continue rubbing until you have removed the mark. You may have to repeat this step several times to remove all traces of the stain.

Step 3

Wipe the vinyl clean with a damp cloth.


Step 4

Spray the permanent marker stain liberally with a non-oily hairspray.

Step 5

Blot the marker with a white towel. Apply more hairspray to the area and blot with the white towel.

Step 6

Continue applying the hairspray and blotting until you have removed the marker.

Nail Polish Remover

Step 7

Saturate the permanent marker stain with a non-acetone nail polish remover.

Step 8

Allow the nail polish remover to sit on the area for a few minutes.

Step 9

Rub the vinyl gently with a damp cloth. Repeat until the permanent marker is no longer visible.

Mineral Spirits

Step 10

Apply mineral spirits to a clean cloth.

Step 11

Rub the vinyl with the cloth in a circular motion. Add more mineral spirits to the cloth if needed.

Step 12

Continue rubbing the vinyl until you have removed the permanent marker stains.

Step 13

Wipe the vinyl clean with a soapy cloth.


Step 14

Don a pair of rubber gloves. Pour turpentine into a small container.

Step 15

Dip the corner of a cloth into the turpentine. Rub the marks with the cloth until they are no longer present.

Step 16

Rinse the vinyl with a clean cloth saturated in warm, soapy water. Wipe dry with a towel.