Removing Permanent Marker from Linoleum

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated November 9, 2015)


If you happen to have children, periodically take care of children, or even do a little bit of artwork yourself then you know just how easy it can be to get a stain of permanent marker somewhere. For some strange reason, one of the most popular places for such stains to appear is on linoleum. Luckily there are a few methods that you can use to make removing permanent marker from linoleum a task that is actually possible.

  • Rubbing alcohol. Rubbing alcohol, also known commonly as isopropyl alcohol, can remove quite a few different types of stains, and among those types of stains is permanent marker. While rubbing alcohol can remove permanent marker, it can also remove paint, so be very careful when you use this method. This means that you need to test it out in an inconspicuous location to ensure that there will be no damage to your linoleum. Dip a q-tip into a bit of rubbing alcohol, and then wipe it along the permanent marker. Use a paper towel to wipe the mess up.
  • Hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer will work much like rubbing alcohol in removing permanent marker from linoleum. Mainly, the reason for this is because most hand sanitizers use alcohol as a primary ingredient. However because it is only an ingredient, and not all that you are using this method for removing permanent marker from linoleum is a lot easier on materials. Simply place a little bit of the hand sanitizer onto a paper towel and begin wiping away the stain.
  • Replace the tiles. In the event that you cannot remove the permanent marker from linoleum, you can always try to actually replace the tiles themselves. However, this method will only really work if the linoleum is laid down in tiles. If it is a single sheet, then you will have to use a different method. Ideally, you can replace the tiles with some extra ones that are left over from when the linoleum was first laid down. In the event that you cannot find any around the home, take out the stained piece, and then match it at your local home improvement store.

In the event that none of these methods are actually able to work on getting rid of your stain, you can always you a more hands on approach. Be aware that this method is a little more difficult, and you will need the following materials: denatured rubbing alcohol, methyl hydrate, and a small amount of colorless and odorless nail polish remover. In addition, you will also need about two rolls of paper towels (preferably Bounty since they are a little more tough).

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2015-11-10 01:06:03


Four other things, that depending, on the type of ink in the marker, might help:

1. DO Try the alcohol, as suggested above, first. Note that there are different concentrations of alcohol, so ask your pharmacist for "the good stuff".

2. WD-40 Spray on, and cover with a cotton pad. Leave a few minutes, (No more that 5 mins.) Using a plastic scrubbing pad, gently scrub the WD40 area to remove the marker that was left behind. Now use alcohol again to remove the WD40. Wash with a little Palmolive or Dawn dish detergent in warm water. Rinse with clear cool water. Dry off.

3. Automotive car seat cleaner. Follow instructions on container. Do not leave this chemical on the floor too long. See #2 above to clean off residue of the car seat cleaner.

4. (Desperate) Spray Automotive Silicone Spray liberally, and follow instructions from #2 above to clean up.

5. (Desperate #2) Paint remover. Soak a cotton pad in it and leave on the area a few minutes, and follow instructions from #2 above to clean up.

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