How to Get Sharpie Off of Concrete


Sharpie markers are easy to use, but they mark up your concrete sidewalk or driveway. The concrete has a porous surface, allowing the ink to seep into the tiny crevices. Washing the surface with water does not remove the ink since it requires a cleaner that pulls it to the surface. A product such as turpentine lifts the ink, allowing it to be scrubbed away from the concrete.

Things You'll Need

  • Broom
  • Turpentine
  • Bucket
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Stiff-bristle brush or shop broom
  • Garden hose
  • Sweep the Sharpie stain-marked area of the concrete with a broom to remove dirt and debris.

  • Drench the Sharpie ink stains with 1 to 2 cups of turpentine, depending on the size of the stains. Allow the turpentine one hour to sink into the concrete and dissolve the ink.

  • Pour one to two buckets of water over the stains to rinse the turpentine from the concrete.

  • Fill the bucket with warm water and 1 tsp. of liquid dish soap. Pour the soapy water over the remaining Sharpie stains. Scrub the stains with a stiff-bristle brush or shop broom. After scrubbing, rinse the area with a garden hose.

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