How to Remove Permanent Marker from Vinyl

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Things You'll Need

  • Cloths

  • Rubbing alcohol

  • Non-oily hairspray

  • White towel

  • Non-acetone nail polish remover

  • Mineral spirits

  • Rubber gloves

  • Turpentine

  • Small container

  • Towel

Permanent markers come in a variety of colors.

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.

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 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Nail Polish Remover

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Mineral Spirits

Step 1

Apply mineral spirits to a clean cloth.

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 4

Wipe the vinyl clean with a soapy cloth.


Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

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


Amanda Flanigan

Amanda Flanigan began writing professionally in 2007. Flanigan has written for various publications, including WV Living and American Craft Council, and has published several eBooks on craft and garden-related subjects. Flanigan completed two writing courses at Pierpont Community and Technical College.