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.

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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.

Hairspray

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.

Turpentine

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.