How to Get Permanent Marker out of a Ceramic Floor

Removing permanent marker from a ceramic floor is possible with a few different tools.
Removing permanent marker from a ceramic floor is possible with a few different tools. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

Ceramic floors, including ceramic tiles, are a common feature in many homes. The ceramic may be glazed or unglazed and comes in a variety of sizes and colors. Although ceramic flooring is generally considered to be fairly easy to maintain, certain stains are more difficult to remove. One such stain is the mark made by permanent marker. Removing permanent marker from ceramic is possible with a little scrubbing and items that can be purchased at many grocery, home repair or hardware stores.

Things You'll Need

  • Makeup remover
  • Clean cloth(s)
  • Dish-washing liquid
  • Stain-removal cleaning sponge
  • Rubbing alcohol (if needed)
  • Hairspray (if needed)

Apply a small amount of makeup remover to a clean cloth that you don’t mind staining. Scrub the permanent marker stain in a circular motion. Repeat until the stain is gone.

Mix together a small amount of dish-washing liquid and water. Dip a clean cloth into the mixture, and scrub the area. Dry with a towel.

Dampen a stain-removal cleaning sponge with water, and gently rub the stain if the permanent marker remains. Repeat until the stain is gone. Dry with a towel.

Tips & Warnings

  • Other items that you may wish to use to remove the permanent marker include rubbing alcohol and hairspray. Apply the liquids directly to the stain, and wipe the area clean with a damp cloth to remove any stickiness when the mark is gone.


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