How to Remove Permanent Marker from Tile

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  • 1 hours
  • Beginner
  • 10-20
What You'll Need
Dry erase marker and eraser
Magic eraser
Toothpaste and toothbrush
Acetone nail polish remover

If you have young kids at home, permanent marker stains are never a surprise. Kids will use your tile floor to practice arts and crafts. Follow these steps to easily remove permanent marker spots on your tile floor.

Step 1 - Mark Over the Permanent Marker

If the spot is not very old and dark, you can use a dry erase marker to mark over the permanent marker. Ensure you do so thoroughly, without leaving any trace of the permanent markings uncovered. Next, clear the tile using the dry erase eraser. Erase over the markings. Doing so should leave the title clean.

Step 2 - Repeat

If the permanent marker doesn't come off completely, repeat the process until the tile is totally clear.

If you achieve a clear tile, you do not need to follow the steps below. However, if the stains are old or are very dark, you will need to follow the process outlined below to remove the marker stains.

Step 3 - Use Toothpaste and a Brush

Use a toothbrush and toothpaste. It is best to use a brush with old, hard bristles. First, apply toothpaste to the tile generously and try brushing off the permanent marker. You will need to exercise patience and work methodically. Next, wet a soft cloth and use it to wipe the tile. Toothpaste contains a bleaching agent that should help to remove the stain.

Step 4 - Use Hair Spray and Magic Eraser

If you still have markings after trying toothpaste, use hairspray. Aim the spray directly at the marking. Leave for a few minutes and allow it to sit. Then, wipe it down using a damp cloth. If the hairspray did not work completely, you will need to use a Magic Eraser. Magic Erasers can be found at your local home improvement store. They are both effective and expensive. Most people try them only if the other solutions do not work. Rub the Magic Eraser on the stain until it is gone.

Step 5 - Use Polish Remover

Nail polish remover is the final option. The abrasive nature of polish remover could further damage to your tile. Use caution, especially when using an acetone-based remover, because it can easily peel off the covering of most tiles or disfigure the coloring. Apply the polish remover over the area with the permanent marker stain. Once you are finished, wipe it down completely with a wet cloth.

If the stain remains, you will need to consult a professional. They may suggest that you replace the tile, because the stain may never be removed. Replacing the tile completely is not difficult to do. You will need to match the tile, remove the existing one, and install a new one. Replacing the tile should be the last resort because a new tile will usually look a little different than the rest of them.