How to Remove Permanent Marker from Glass | Most Easy Ways

We know that it’s frustrating when you are working on a project, and your permanent marker gets stuck to the glass surface. But there is no need to panic. You’re not alone!

The ink is difficult to remove from many surfaces, but thankfully it’s easy on glass. You can quickly get sharpie out of glass using dry erase markers, toothpaste, lemon juice, rubbing alcohol, nail polish remover, and magic eraser.

You will also find that these methods are helpful for getting rid of the permanent marker from other non-porous surfaces. For example – whiteboard, plastics, ceramics, porcelain, marble, metal, etc.

But in this article, I’ll show you different methods on how you can remove permanent markers from glass surfaces in detail. So, let’s move on.

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Important ✓

Permanent markers are great, but while using them, any accident may happen at any time. Everyone has a sharpie story to be told.

And you may have heard of different ways before for removing permanent marker ink from non-porous surfaces.

However, you need not worry about the permanent marker on your glass surface. The ink is stubborn, but fortunately, it can be removed with some everyday cleaning items.

You just need to be extra careful since glass is fragile. So, here I’m explaining the easiest methods to save you this time.

Ways to Remove Permanent Marker from Glass Surfaces

I have already told you before there are so many methods out there. But here, I’m only mentioning those that are really effective, and I’ve personally used.

Below I’ll explain the procedures in detail on how you can save your glass items from the permanent ink attack.

But before that, it’s better to know the names of the ingredients or methods I’m going to use here.

  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Toothpaste with Lemon Juice
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Nail Polish Remover
  • and Magic Eraser

Method 1: Using Dry Erase Markers (Easy Method)

Among all the methods, using dry erase markers for removing permanent ink is the easiest and most convenient way. It is the most popular method for removing permanent ink from whiteboards.

First, take a dry erase marker, and use it to cover the permanent ink. You can use any colored markers. But for a better result, try to grab the same color whiteboard marker as the permanent ink stain. You have to cover the entire area from where you want to erase the ink.

Then take a clean cloth and rub over the ink-covered area. After rubbing for some time, you’ll see that gradually the ink is coming out from the surface. If the ink doesn’t go out completely with one wipe, then repeat the process.

When you put the dry erase ink over the permanent ink, it reactivates the bonds. It actually adds more pigment and solvent to the dried ink. Then the solvent helps to dissolve the permanent ink. And when you give a wipe, it erases smoothly.

The marker will absorb the remaining oil in the ink that is left on glass surface. If you want, you can clean the surface with cleaning detergent or spray. This method can also vanish sharpie from metal items too!

Method 2: Using Alcohol (Most Powerful Method)

For removing permanent ink, using isopropyl alcohol and acetone are the best of all. Both of these ingredients are powerful solvents. And it also helps to get markers off porous surfaces as well. Sometimes hand sanitizer also plays well in this regard. So, let’s proceed to the methods.

Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing alcohol is another name of isopropyl alcohol and the same one that you have on your first aid box. Most importantly, with one wipe, it can remove marker stain from everything almost.

However, for using rubbing alcohol on glass, you need to be careful enough. And if you have sensitive skin, then it’s better to put on hand gloves.

Now, grab the alcohol bottle and pour a generous amount on a paper towel. Then gently start wiping the surface. Since rubbing alcohol is an effective tool light wipe will be enough.

But if needed, then put some pressure and rub the area. While wiping, you’ll notice that the ink stain is coming off easily.

After that, use a damp cloth to clean the affected area. Once the area is thoroughly cleaned, follow up with a glass cleaner and use a paper towel or sponge to clean the ink residue, if any left.

For your kind information, it also removes the marker from wood and leather items. And it not only erases but also revives sharpie.

Nail Polish Remover

Acetone-based nail polish remover is another alcohol item that works great in removing any inconspicuous spot. Remember, it’s a powerful compound. That’s why try to use it in a well-ventilated area; it can be your backyard or garden.

However, you have to use nail polish remover in the same way as rubbing alcohol. First, pour some remover on a cotton ball and rub over the stain. If it’s a small area, then you can use a cotton swab instead.

While rubbing, the stain will go away eventually. If necessary, you can use more acetone on the stain. Then rinse the surface with a damp cloth as before. Nail polish remover is also able to clean glue spots.

Method 3: Using Toothpaste with Lemon Juice

Toothpaste alone is no less than an active permanent ink remover. But when you combine lemon juice with it, then it becomes a strong abrasive item. That’s why you can use it for removing markers from skin.

However, for removing permanent marker ink from glass, first, take a small bowl. Then pour an ideal amount of regular toothpaste on it. Now, take a lemon, cut it down with a knife and squeeze some juice into the bowl. After that, mix these two ingredients properly with a spoon.

Then, use a clean cloth or a soft bristle brush, apply the paste over the permanent ink stain, and rub gently. After rubbing for a few minutes, you’ll notice that the ink is fading away. And while doing the process, all the stains will go away magically.

When you notice that all stains have gone, then take another clean cloth. You have to wet the cloth with water. Then with that damp cloth and some cleaning detergent, clean the area properly. If you want, you can use warm water. You can also use it on glass mirror.

Method 4: Using Magic Eraser (Hassle-Free Ways)

Magic Eraser is known as a magical way of getting rid of marker stain from non-porous surfaces. It’s a great product, and it can be used on many materials like plastic, metal, rubber, or even painted walls.

To remove sharpie from glass, you just need to wet the sponge with water first. It’ll help to activate the cleaning power of the sponge. Then squeeze out all the excess liquid so that the water doesn’t drip out.

Then rub gently over the black marker stain until all is gone. Make sure to clean the magic eraser after every wipe. It also helps to remove stains from smooth tiles.

Remember one thing that it is not recommended to use with any other cleaners or chlorine bleach.

You have to also test a small area first before using the magic eraser on the main stain. Depending on the surface type, sometimes it may leave scratchy marks behind or discolor the surface. So, it’s better to check beforehand.

Magic Eraser not only removes marker stain but also helps to fight against crayon marks. You’ll find a complete guideline on our website.

Final Word

To conclude, it’s not that difficult to remove permanent markers from glass surfaces. There are many ways you can choose. But I’ve mentioned four of them in this article: dry erase markers, toothpaste, alcohol, and lastly, all-purpose cleaners like Mr. Clean.

So, depending on your ink type and surface, you can choose any of them accordingly. Permanent ink is just a matter of wipe now. Good luck

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Maria Tanish

Hello World! Tanish here, a student of Fine Arts. Drawing was my passion from an early age but I also love to do some DIY projects to spend my leisure. Even I work as a writer, to share my knowledge about the ins and outs of drawing and the art industry itself. As an artist, I always wanna share my experiences with you all.

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