How to Remove Permanent Marker From Stainless Steel

Despite the stain-resistant power that its name suggests, stainless steel is susceptible to certain stains. This is especially true if you leave the staining material on the stainless steel for a while. Luckily, the metal is fairly easy to clean even if you've gotten permanent marks on it.

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Things You'll Need

  • Glass cleaner
  • Mild liquid dish soap
  • Toothbrush
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Paper towels
  • Spray glass cleaner on the marker stain. Let it soak in for 2 minutes.

  • Wipe up the glass cleaner with a paper towel. Rub the stain as you wipe to get as much of it off as possible.

  • Apply a drop of mild liquid dish soap to the stain if it is still visible.

  • Run a toothbrush under clear water and scrub the dish soap into the stain. Scrub along the stainless steel grain to remove the stain.

  • Wipe up the dish soap with a paper towel.

  • Dab white vinegar into the stain with a clean cloth if it is still visible.

  • Mix a thick paste of baking soda and water if the stain is still visible. The paste should be the same consistency as toothpaste.

  • Apply the baking soda paste to the stain with a toothbrush. The baking soda will act as a mild abrasive, which will not scratch the stainless steel but will help remove the stain.

  • Wipe up the area with a wet paper towel and dry it completely with a clean cloth.


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