How to Remove Permanent Marker From Rubber

According to the Sharpie company, a permanent marker is permanent if it contains dyes or pigments, adheres to most surfaces and it water resistant. That last requirement pretty much rules out trying to remove permanent marker stains from rubber by scrubbing them with soap and water. Fortunately, there are ways to do it that are just as easy, so the face of your child's doll doesn't have to remain permanently disfigured.

Among the solvents you can use to remove marker stains are:

Procedure for Removing Stains

Step 1

Apply a liberal amount of rubbing alcohol, acetone or commercial stain remover to a clean cloth. Use nail polish remover in place of acetone, as long as the label indicates it is acetone-based. You can also use hair spray -- it contains alcohol as a solvent.

Step 2

Rub the marker stain vigorously. It may take more than one application of solvent; change the cloth if it gets discolored.

Step 3

Clean the surface with soapy water once the stain is gone to remove residue from the solvent.


Chris Deziel

Chris Deziel

Chris Deziel is a contractor with almost 40 years experience in home improvement and design. Since 2010, he has been answering home improvement questions and offering tips online. He worked as a consultant for the The Home Depot and as a writer and blogger for such sites as Landlordology and Hunker. He also started a landscaping company with his wife.