6 Methods on How to Remove Permanent Marker from Vinyl

Permanent marker has been one of the most used writing implements in my professional life. Using it every day, I couldn’t control the proper precautions of it. Thus, my floors, wooden bench, table, stainless steel appliances, etc. non-porous surfaces got their ink on them. 

Pondering upon how to remove permanent marker solution from vinyl, I looked upon the convenient steps.

Found the rubbing alcohol to be a fantastic ingredient. The nail polish remover, WD spray, and hair spray were some fantastic ready-to-go cleaning products for the purpose. I also never knew that the lime juice mixed with toothpaste would ever be so helpful for me.

Couldn’t resist trying those unique cleaning methods in removing the marker ink from every spot. Sharing the beautiful experience in this article.

How to Remove Permanent Marker from Vinyl

How to Remove Permanent Marker from Vinyl

I found only a few of them legit and valid from the many fundamental ways of removing permanent markers from vinyl. These methods will work every time you implement them.

Most importantly, if you are new to removing markers from vinyl or plastic, the methods will assist you in every possible way.

Let’s look at the most convenient cleaning tips to remove marker stains and ink from vinyl.

Method 1: Using Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing alcohol is one of the most powerful ink stain removers and cleaning agents. It is available almost everywhere. One of the best feasibilities of removing dirt is that you need to apply it usually. No solution, no mixture is needed further.

Using rubbing alcohol for removing permanent markers is ideal. It gives the best accuracy among others. Let’s see how you need to imply it with some steps.

Step 1: Take a soft clean cloth or white towel. Make sure the cloth is clean and soft enough to take out maximum dirt.

Step 2: Try to clean as much stain as possible from the area at the initial stage. It will bring more possibilities for you to finish up the work faster.

Step 3: When the initial cleaning is done, pour some rubbing alcohol on the cloth.

Step 4: Start rubbing the spot gently with the rubbing alcohol dipped cloth. Start with making circular motions on the spot. With time, be fierce in rubbing and working on the stain.

Step 5: Repeat the step several times unless the stain goes away.

Step 6: When the marker finally goes away, clean the area with a damp cloth. You might use cold water for the perfect outcome.

Method 2: Using Aerosol Hairspray

Aerosol hairspray is a non-oily hairspray. It is usually used as a hair spray to regulate and arrange your hair.

Many experiments concluded it as a good dirt or spot remover because the chlorofluorocarbons in it allow the dirt to lift easily from the surface and get wiped away. So, using it as a permanent marker remover was indeed beneficial to us.

Let’s take a look at the steps of using the spray accordingly.

Step 1: Spray the whole region of the spot with the aerosol hairspray. Make sure the areas surrounding the spot get sprayed too. It will be convenient for the associated areas to assist in your mission as well.

Step 2: Take a clean white towel or paper towel. Apply more spray to the cloth or towel and start blotting the permanent marker area.

Step 3: Start with circular blotting to the region. With time, be harsh on the spot. If needed, apply more sprays to the area. Continue the process unless you end up removing the mark from that area.

Step 4: After you are done removing the marker, wipe the area with a damp cloth. Use clean cold water for the task, and you’re done removing the marker from your vinyl item.

Method 3: Using Nail Polish Remover

To the females, nail polish remover is one of the most available stuff you can get from them. It is highly active in removing nail polish from the nails instantly.

Nail polish remover is a highly reactive remover. Its composition allows the nail polish to release from the surface quickly. The same characteristics can be seen when it is applied to remove different kinds of stains.

Be it on woods or floors, or tiles, the nail polish remover can be an active component in removing color markers from the vinyl. You just need to apply it accordingly, as such below:

Step 1: Take a white cloth and remove as much dirt as possible from the area.

Step 2: Saturate the area with the nail polish remover. Pour the nail polish remover on a white cloth and blot it on the ink region.

Step 3: Leave the area still for a while. Let the nail polish remover settle in the region and lift the ink out of the surface.

Step 4: After 5-7 minutes, rub the area with a clean damp cloth. Remove as much ink as possible from the area. If you see any leftover inks, repeat adding the nail polish remover and wipe it again.

Step 5: When you are finally done removing the marker ink, wipe the area with a damp cloth of cold water. Let the area dry openly, and you are done with the job.

Method 4: Using Mineral Spirits

When you are looking to get ink out from a surface, you cannot but think of having mineral spirits for the purpose. It is one of the cheapest and widely used components for removing spots and marks from vinyl.

Mineral spirits are so strong that they are widely used in mechanical materials. Primarily for removing colors of cars, bikes, etc., the liquid it uses. Thus, it is obvious to work effectively in removing permanent markers from the floor or woods, or any surface.

Just follow the steps perfectly and get your desired job done.

Step 1: Take a clean cloth and apply mineral spirits to it.

Step 2: Rub the vinyl with the spot in a circular motion with the cloth. With time, keep on adding mineral drops on the spot simultaneously.

Step 3: Continue the process unless you see the ink getting out from the area.

Step 4: After completely removing the marker ink, wipe the area with a soapy water solution. Use a clean cloth for wiping and cleaning the area.

Method 5: Using Toothpaste with Lemon Juice

Toothpaste With Lemon Juice

The method’s name might sound ridiculous, but it is the most available method you can have at your home. With regular gel toothpaste and lemon juice, you can remove the permanent marker stain from the vinyl.

The acid mixture with toothpaste is enough to remove the toughest stain from any place. It gives you the freedom to use it for multiple purposes as well.

Understand the correct use of the ingredients in the perfect way.

Step 1: Prepare the solution first. Take a bowl of warm water. Add a tiny portion of toothpaste to it. Mix the solution and further add one whole lemon juice to it. Get the most juices out of the lemon.

Step 2: Stir the mixture with the help of a spoon. Mix them until they get appropriately blended.

Step 3: Take a clean cloth and remove dirt from the permanent marker region.

Step 4: Spread the solution over the region slowly. Take a toothbrush or cloth and start blotting the spot with the solution poured over the region with a clean paper towel.

Step 5: Continue rubbing and blotting a couple of times until the marker ink gets out of the area. If needed, make more solutions and apply them conveniently.

Step 6: After you are done, wash the region with a soap water solution. Use clean water in making the solution. Later on, wipe the wet area with a clean cloth.

Method 6: Using WD-40 Spray Cleaner

WD-40 is a commercial cleaning spray. For the fastest spot removal, the cleaning product is highly used and adapted all over the world. More or less, its versatility led to use it effectively for removing permanent markers from anywhere.

The spray components are so practical that you won’t have to do much in implementing them. Yet, let’s get to know its proper way of implementation.

Step 1: Clean the area with the help of a clean cloth. Make sure there is no dust in the surrounding ink region.

Step 2: Spray the WD-40 over the permanent marker ink. Let it sink for a few minutes.

Step 3: Take a white cloth and start rubbing the ink area slowly. After a few rubbings, apply more spray to the region and keep on blotting and rubbing.

Step 4: Repeat the process until the ink comes out from the area.

Step 5: Finally, after removing the ink, clean the whole area with a soap water solution. Wipe the water with a clean towel later on and finish the job successfully.


As you will be using different ingredients in the process, you should be well aware of the hazardous impact of those components. Such that,

  • Isopropyl alcohol or rubbing alcohol is highly flammable. It can cause a fire with a mere connection or touch. Using it raw might be effective for skin too.
  • Nail Polish remover is quite allergic to skin. Before you use it, make sure you are aware of its impact on your skin.
  • Aerosol hairspray has a good reputation for causing breathing problems when inhaled inside. The composition of the spray also causes itching and irritation on the skin. Even at times, it causes blurred vision when it gets into the eyes.
  • The components of the WD-40 are harmful to breathing. Headache, dizziness, nausea, etc., can happen if it is inhaled. It is always recommended to wear a mask while working with such sprays.


Q: How do you remove permanent markers off plastic?

Just like the vinyl, the permanent marker can be well wiped from plastic too. You just need the right components with the proper implementations.

i. Color over the permanent marker and wipe it out with a rag. Use water to boost the removal.

ii. Rubbing alcohol is a good component. Simply wipe the marker with the rubbing alcohol on soft cloths.

iii. Vinegar with lime is an excellent natural ingredient to follow up. Sprinkle the solution over the ink and use a clean cloth or paper towel to blot the spot. Keep on blotting, and after some time, you’ll see the ink disappear.

iv. Hydrogen peroxide is a reactive chemical to remove permanent markers from plastic. Pour it over the area and rub it with the help of a cloth.

Q: Does hydrogen peroxide remove Sharpie?

Sharpie is a brand of writing implements. It is one of the most popular writing stuff. When removing the Sharpie marker from vinyl or plastics, you can use the hydrogen peroxide conveniently.

Just apply the hydrogen peroxide solution to the Sharpie stain or ink spot. Take a clean cloth and start blotting the spot slowly. After a while, you’ll see the ink getting lifted from the spot.

Wash the spot with clean water and soap solution to finish the removal.

Final Words

So far, every possible strategy of removing the marker ink from the vinyl has been detailed conveniently. Following the steps accordingly will resolve your issues in no time.

Keep on using the permanent marker relentlessly. In case of any problem, we got you back. Stay tuned for many such exciting solutions and solving of the permanent markers.

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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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