How to Remove Permanent Marker from Rubber

Rubber surfaces are great for many things. From making your hands more comfortable to prevent slips and falls, rubber is an excellent material to use in any situation.

However, nobody likes to see their rubber surfaces stained with permanent markers. It could be either intentionally or unintentionally. Whatever the reason, your main goal is to remove it.

But how do you remove permanent markers from rubber?

Thankfully, there are many ways that you can go about getting rid of this pesky ink. But the easiest ways I’ve found are rubbing alcohol, nail polish remover, toothpaste, and Goo Gone Spray.

And in this article, I’ll share these methods in detail to remove permanent marker stains from rubber.

Remove Permanent Marker from Rubber
How to Remove Permanent Marker from Rubber

Important ✓

The most important thing is that from which rubber surface you are trying to remove the permanent ink. Suppose it’s a pencil eraser that has got stained while erasing permanent ink from plastic.

In that case, you can clean it easily only by rubbing it on white paper or a knife. This process will help you to clean the rubber of the eraser through erosion. 

But if you got a permanent marker stain on rubber surfaces like a mobile cover, you will need to follow some special methods. That’s why I’ve mentioned some effective techniques below that will work for most permanent marker stains on rubber. 

However, persistence is the key to remove these ink stains as permanent markers ink is supposed to be permanent. So, without any further issues, let’s move to the methods.

The Ways of Removing Marker from Rubber

You will find so many ways to remove permanent ink. But in terms of rubber surface, you will only get a few to go. Here, I’ve mentioned only those that I’ve personally used and got proved of their effectiveness. Continue reading to get the details of the methods. 

Method 1: Using Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing alcohol is one of the easiest ways to remove permanent ink. And it’s the one that is lying inside your first aid box. So, getting rid of the permanent marker from rubber is now a wipe away. It works in the same way that you use it for removing permanent ink from dry erase boards.

A clean cloth or paper towel soaked in rubbing alcohol is all that is needed to start cleaning up the rubber surfaces. You can also use a cotton ball if there are some small areas of stains.

It’s important not to over saturate the surface. So, be sure to dab lightly and avoid letting too much liquid seep into crevices and corners. It may damage how well they clean up later.

You should wait for a few seconds before wiping off any excess ink left behind. Then gently rub the affected area for a few minutes with the soft cloth soaked with alcohol.

It will take off most of the ink without much effort or time required, as it’s a strong solvent. So, you might not have to go through any other methods. Ensure that the cloth was not over-soaked with rubbing alcohol before using it as an applicator.

Otherwise, there’s a chance you’ll damage your rubber surfaces even more than how they were initially stained.

Lastly, clean the area with soapy water and dry the area using a dry towel. You can also follow the same method of using rubbing alcohol with marker stains on plastic surfaces. You’ll find a complete guideline of this on our website.

Tips: If you don’t find rubbing alcohol at hand, try alcohol-based hair spray and hand sanitizer instead. But proceed carefully and try them on an inconspicuous area first.

Method 2: Using Nail Polish Remover

Who doesn’t know about fingernail polish remover? Nail polish remover is a chemical that will dissolve the permanent marker ink without leaving any residue behind. Since it contains acetone, it works as effectively as rubbing alcohol. And the method is also similar to the previous one.

You’ll need a clean rag and some nail polish remover – acetone-based ones are the best to start with this. You can also use a cotton ball or cotton swab for a small area instead.

Now, simply soak the rag or clean cloth into the nail polish remover. Then use it to cover the entire stain and rub in a circular motion. While rubbing for some time, you’ll see that the Sharpie marks are gradually fading.

After removing stains, use some dish soap and water to make a cleaning solution. Then use that soapy water and a cloth to clean the area. See? It’s not that difficult at all. In the same way, you can use it to remove permanent markers from glass surfaces.

Method 3: Using Goo Gone Spray

Goo Gone Spray is a gentle cleaner that will remove the permanent marker from rubber. It has an impressive ability to dissolve most of the ink on contact without leaving any residue behind. That’s why it’s one of the best adhesive removers out there.

Whether the permanent ink is on your shoes’ rubber soles or your kids’ doll’s face, it will work effectively. It’s made of non-toxic ingredients, which makes it safe enough to use around your kids or pets, too. But please try this first on a small area because who knows how much you might like its effectiveness?

However, you’ll need to spray it directly on the stained area for use on rubber surfaces. Then wait for a few seconds before you start rubbing.

After that, take a paper towel or cotton ball and gently rub the area in a circular motion. You can also soak the paper towel with the liquid first to remove permanent marker ink.

Don’t worry if there are still marks left. Use some more liquid and repeat the process. These are bound to vanish within few rubs. If you use it on an uneven rubber surface, then you can use a soft bristle brush instead of a paper towel to rub the area.

Method 3: Toothpaste and White Vinegar

Toothpaste and distilled white vinegar are the most economical ways to remove permanent markers from rubber surfaces. And they are also the most popular household items for treating marker stains.

But they’re also not as fast effective for removing it compared to how well rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover does. So, you may need to do some elbow grease if you are using these ingredients.

First, you have to mix one part vinegar and one part toothpaste. Remember to use regular white toothpaste. You can also use lemon juice instead of vinegar. Then apply this solution to the Sharpie marker stains.

Now you have to use a paper towel or a soft bristle brush to remove stains. You have to rub gently until black permanent marker stains are gone.

Vinegar works excellent to erase marker stains from leather items too. But after that, you have to use some leather conditioner.

However, by following the same method, you can get rid of Sharpie stains from metals. It also doesn’t harm the wall paints at all.

Caution ⚠️

These methods are super effective, but how safe to use them on rubber depends on the surface type. So, check it first on an inconspicuous area.

You should avoid using too much nail polish remover because some unpleasant odor may come off those fumes. Besides, you should use nail polish remover in a well-ventilated area as it contains acetone. And if you have sensitive skin, then wear hand gloves while using acetone.

For the toothpaste method, avoid using gel toothpaste as it doesn’t contain that abrasive power as a creamy white paste. And use Goo Gone Spray as little as you can to prevent any unwanted situation.

Does Permanent Marker Stay on Rubber?

Permanent marker ink has a reputation for being permanent. And depending on the surface, it stays longer than other markers. But how long does it stay on rubber surfaces?

It actually depends on the type of rubber. If the rubber surface is too smooth and you touch or rub the surface frequently, then the ink will fade away with time.

But if you want to keep it there forever or at least some more months, you can follow how to keep permanent marker on plastic methods. Hope it’ll help.

Does Acetone Remove Permanent Marker?

I’ve mentioned the nail polish remover method to remove permanent ink earlier in this article. And you may know that nail polish remover contains acetone and works similarly rubbing alcohol.

So, it’s no doubt that acetone will remove permanent marker stain like magic.

Final Thoughts

By coming this far, you now know how to remove permanent markers from rubber. Hopefully, this post has taught you that removing marker stains is an easy and safe way.

Hopefully, from now on, you can tackle any tough permanent stain alone. Now, go ahead and try these techniques for removing permanent marker stains from rubber surfaces!

Loard Eva

Hi there! I’m Eva, artist, designer, photographer and mom of three little gentlemen altogether. When I’m not playing with my kids, you’ll find me researching and writing for ChooseMarker.

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