Asked on Dec 02, 2014

How can I get the marker off of this stone slab

by Shira
Someone was giving away a slab of stone and I want to use it for a project, but someone has drawn all over it in black marker (I think permanent marker) . How can I clean it off without ruining the stone. Also does anyone know what kind of stone this is?
  22 answers
  • Elizabeth Elizabeth on Dec 02, 2014
    I would try rubbing alcohol first. If that doesn't work acetone or hydrogen peroxide may work. Don't mixt them!!! Try the first option if that doesn't work move on to the next. Good Luck!
  • Grouchy Grouchy on Dec 02, 2014
    I witnessed a guy remove magic marker pen lettering from a canvas covered jacket simply by squirting lighter fluid on it! Black writing totally disappeared!
  • Christina Christina on Dec 02, 2014
    A colleague of mine actually experimented with vinegar, baking soda, and some other items to see how to get Sharpie marker off some floor tiles. Here's the detail on the experience based on different flooring materials:
  • Gail Salminen Gail Salminen on Dec 02, 2014
    @ I have always found that alcohol is the best to remove ink and permanent marker. At work would sometimes use hairspray (alcohol content) when someone used permanent marker on the whit board. The only thing is that it may depend on how long the marker has been on the surface.
  • Susi Schuele Susi Schuele on Dec 03, 2014
    Although I haven't tried it, Mr. Clean magic eraser came to mind immediately :)
  • Callie Zak Callie Zak on Dec 03, 2014
    I read where taking a dry erase marker and going over it would remove.
  • Linda Gac Linda Gac on Dec 03, 2014
    I agree with Susi. I'd try Mr Clean eraser. I have great luck with it. I think they have some sort of acid in them that takes off a lot of things. Good luck.
  • Kirsten Veneziano Kirsten Veneziano on Dec 03, 2014
    I removed permanent marker from a white car with toothpaste (not gel, regular paste). Also, those magic erasers are great.
  • Shira Shira on Dec 03, 2014
    Thanks for all the great answers! I'll let you know how it turns out.
  • Libby Libby on Dec 03, 2014
    Go to the Sharpie pen website and they have a link to a great ink remover.. I used it to get Sharpie out of a shirt. If the slab is porous it might take so e time.
  • Kim Michel Kim Michel on Dec 03, 2014
    I worked in a tile and stone place for a short time. Looks like travertine or creme marfil marble and can be sanded down, left as is or re-polished. Because any natural stone is porous you may want to seal it, with a sheen or no sheen. Good luck.
  • Teri Mauerman Shehorn Teri Mauerman Shehorn on Dec 03, 2014
    Try a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.
  • Gigi In The Forest Gigi In The Forest on Jan 09, 2015
    Did it come out?
  • Sherrie Sherrie on Feb 25, 2015
    Sherrie Sherrie Nixa, MO Turpentine an light color tile with bleach or hydrogen peroxide, use acetone or lacquer thinner for dark color tile. This is the recommendation form Marble Insitute and it is what we go by when we are cleaning.
  • Linda Linda on Oct 30, 2016
    Did you try hairspray?
  • Shi10096930 Shi10096930 on Nov 14, 2016
    have u tried a magic eraser
  • Cyrus Juliet Cyrus Juliet on May 31, 2022

    Because hydrogen peroxide is non-chlorine and oxygen-based, it is a safer and superior alternative to chlorine bleach. It removes permanent ink stains without damaging the stone surface or leaving white marks. It also disinfects the surface!

  • Andrei Fefelov Andrei Fefelov on Jun 24, 2022

    maybe pain thinneror crl.

  • Cyrus Juliet Cyrus Juliet on Mar 03, 2023

    A poultice is a mixture of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide that you apply to the ink stain to create a soft paste. On marble and granite, hydrogen peroxide can remove stubborn stains from permanent marker ink.

  • Mogie Mogie on Mar 03, 2023

    The solution for this seemingly impossible stain is to soak the marks with an Oxalic Acid paste. Mix the powder with hot water until it dissolves and forms a liquidy paste. Apply the paste liberally onto the stain, so the acid solution soaks into the stone surface and begins to lighten the marker stain.

  • Marsha Marsha on Sep 15, 2023

    Permanent marker stains can be eliminated using WD-40, a multipurpose lubricant. Spray a little amount of WD-40 directly onto the ink stain, then wait a few minutes before wiping it off. After cleaning the area with a clean cloth or sponge, thoroughly rinse it with water.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Sep 15, 2023

    Magic eraser.