How to Remove Permanent Marker from Tile

There are several methods you can try to remove permanent marker from tile. The first method uses a homemade, all-purpose solution to remove the stain from the tile. For textured tile, use toothpaste (or the all-purpose solution) to treat the stain. Then, use a toothbrush or a scrub brush to remove the stain from textured tile. If your tile is smooth, a dry erase marker may do the trick. Always remember to test each method on a small, hidden area before applying it to larger areas.


EditMaking a Homemade Cleaning Solution

  1. Combine the ingredients. Combine ¼ cup of white vinegar, ¼ cup of washing soda, 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap, and 2 gallons of hot tap water in a bucket. Use a large spoon or another mixing tool to mix the ingredients. Mix until well combined.[1]
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    • If this recipe produces too much solution, then half the recipe.
  2. Test on a small surface. Apply the product to a hidden spot. Let it set for three seconds. Then use a paper towel or rag to remove the product. Look for any kind of stains, discoloration, or residue left by the product. If there are any unwanted effects, then choose a different method.[2]
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    • Before using any type of solution or product on your tile floors, always test out the product on a small, inconspicuous spot first. This way, you can ensure that the product you are using does not produce any unwanted effects such as stains or discoloration.
  3. Pour the solution onto a rag or a cloth. Then, begin wiping the stain with the rag. Wipe the spot until the stain is removed. If the affected area is large, pour more solution onto the rag as needed.[3]
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EditUsing Toothpaste on Textured Tile

  1. Use regular white toothpaste. Do not use gel toothpaste. If possible, choose a toothpaste product that contains baking soda such as Arm & Hammer. Toothpaste is great for removing marks from tile that is textured.[4]
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  2. Apply the toothpaste to the mark. Cover the affected area with the toothpaste. Let the toothpaste set for a minute or two. The longer the stain has been on the tile, the longer you will want to let the toothpaste set.[5]
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    • For example, if the marker has been on the tile for a 24-hour period, then let the toothpaste set for at least five minutes.
  3. Use a sponge to wipe off the toothpaste. After the toothpaste has set, begin wiping it off with a sponge. If your tile is textured, then you may want to use a toothbrush or a scrubbing brush to remove traces of the stain from smaller crevices in the tile.[6]
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    • Once the stain is removed, clean the affected area with soap and water to remove any residue.

EditUsing a Dry Erase Marker on Smooth Tile

  1. Purchase a black dry erase marker. You can purchase dry erase markers from your local pharmacy, arts and crafts store, or discounted retailer. Make sure to purchase a black dry erase marker as opposed to a colored one.[7]
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    • Remember to test a small, hidden area first before using it on larger, affected areas.
  2. Trace the affected area with the marker. Instead of tracing the entire stain, start by tracing a small part of the stain first. This method works best on smooth tile. For textured tile, the toothpaste or all-purpose solution may be more effective.[8]
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  3. Wipe off the marker with a paper towel. Or you may use a rag or cloth to wipe off the traced sections. If the stain isn’t completely removed the first time, then re-trace the remaining spots with the dry erase marker. Wipe until the stain is removed.[9]
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    • Use warm water and soap to clean the affected area after the stain is removed.


  • Never mix cleaning products together. If one method does not work, then wash and dry the affected area before trying a different method.
  • Always try to treat stains as soon as possible—the longer a stain sets the harder it is to remove.

EditThings You’ll Need

  • White vinegar
  • Washing soda
  • Liquid dish soap
  • White toothpaste
  • Dry erase marker
  • Paper towels or rag/cloth
  • Toothbrush or scrub brush

EditSources and Citations

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