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Whenever removing ink from a surface you want to make sure that the fix doesn't create a bigger problem. This is a guide about removing ink on vinyl.
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September 24, 2014

I got ball point pen on a beige vinyl couch. I tried everything to get it out; stain remover for pen, alcohol, bleach, toothpaste, WD40, Soft Scrub and none of them worked. I read that nail polish remover works, but I was afraid to use it. I did a test on the underneath and, sure enough, it did not hurt the vinyl and took most of the ink out. There is just a slight stain left, you really have to look for it. Be sure and do a test first.

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April 14, 2005

I have recently started cleaning a doctors office which has ink marks on the examining tables. I have tried alcohol, Simple Green, Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and cannot seem to find anything to remove the marks. Can anyone give me some suggestions? Thanks!

Sheila from MI

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April 14, 20050 found this helpful
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I clean banks and doctor's offices also. I have used anti-bacterial hand gel with great success. Rub it into the ink and go do something else leave on the ink for about 5-10min. rub off with soft cloth or whatever cleaner you normally use. I've also removed permanent marker from countertops with it, adhesives, and chewing gum from a carpet. It will also remove black shoe marks from tile floors, and scuff marks from walls. I now keep a bottle with me at all times and when you're done cleaning you can use it on your hands.

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June 6, 20072 found this helpful
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Hairspray works well to remove ink from imitation leather ( in my case a purse). You have to spray and wipe several times, but it will eventually come off.

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November 19, 20080 found this helpful
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Let me save you all the trouble. If ink is on leather more than three days-it's indelible! That means that it's not coming off. You best chance is to remove it with an alcohol based product within the three days. Try using something like simple green first to remove the ink that has not penetrated the substrate then follow with the alcohol.

There is no magical solution in hairspray that removes ink other that the alcohol content. Just skip the hairspray part and use straight alcohol and you won't smell like Aquanet! If you cannot remove the ink look for a suitable vinyl dye like ColorBond.

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March 12, 2011

If a printed paged of text is pressed up against a plastic binder for a long period of time (especially if it's hot), some ink will often stick to the plastic. How can I remove the ink that remains on the plastic? Without randomly trying things I have, does anyone know of something commonly found around the house like rubbing alcohol or WD40 that might affect dried-on ink?

By Jon from MO

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March 13, 20110 found this helpful
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If the ink feels sticky, try Oil of Olay. I know that sounds weird. I use it to remove gummed on stickers on books and such. You only need to dab a bit on a old washcloth or rag...saturate the area that is sticky, and the sticky stuff should come right off.

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March 14, 20110 found this helpful
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I would try using petroleum jelly. Some of the harsher chemicals can cause the plastic in the binder to break down and create a distorted area where the ink used to be.

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March 14, 20110 found this helpful
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I usually use isopropyl/rubbing alcohol for something like this. If you try the nail polish remover that was suggested here be sure it's 'non-acetone' because the regular 'acetone' type can possibly marr or melt the plastic.

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April 4, 20110 found this helpful

My pink vinyl bag got ink on it. How do I clean it? I just got it.

Joan

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April 7, 20110 found this helpful
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Have you tried hairspray? You might want to spray a bit on an inconspicuous spot first to be sure it doesn't bother the vinyl.

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November 23, 20160 found this helpful
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I just used the hairspray method to get ink off my vinyl handbag. Here's how I did it. I sprayed the hairspray on one of the cotton pads I use to take makeup off with. Then I LIGHTLY dabbed at the stain with the saturated pad. Obviously, we want to lift the stain and not the finish of the bag. I feel this method gave me more control than spraying the hairspray directly on the vinyl. Took me less than five minutes to lift the stain this way. Then I wiped the bag with a wet paper towel to get the sticky hairspray off it. Done! Good luck with your pink bag!

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April 5, 20110 found this helpful

Try spraying with hairspray and rubbing with a Kleenex.

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June 14, 2007

I have a silver cross dolls pram and my daughter has drawn on it with a pen on the vinyl inside the main body of the pram. I have tried all sorts of household cleaners to try and remove it, but nothing has worked. Please help!

Annette from United Kingdom

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June 16, 20070 found this helpful
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I know that some use benzoil peroxide (like for acne care) to get ink from vinyl dolls. They put it on and put the item in the sun. It's worth a try.

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July 18, 20070 found this helpful
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Sour cream or yougurt work well. Put some on the stain and let it sit. Then come back with a soft toothbrush and gently rub it. Then wipe and rinse. Repeat this untill stain is gone. Do it gently. This will not harm the fabric. Also hairspray works by spraying it on and wiping off.

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June 16, 20070 found this helpful

In all of my recycling, repairing, mending, I have not been able to get rid of ink on vinyl. It's the worst material for stains, I believe. Sorry. You might try to patch it with some sort of similar tape or a piece of vinyl from the underside of the pram, if there is any to spare there. I'd use marine glue to attach it, should you be lucky and find just a smidgen of extra

fabric beneath the inner mattress or undercarriage.

Good luck and God bless and help you. : )

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July 11, 20050 found this helpful

I have a vinyl couch and vinyl foot stools. My problem is during a party the kids somehow managed to write graffitti all over it with blue, black and red permanent marker and ball point pen. The stubborn stains will not come out. I have tried all home remedies and what products are avaliable to me. My problem is i live in Korea and for some reason they have no idea or clues or helpful advice.

Carol

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June 29, 20070 found this helpful
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I just finished cleaning marker off my vinyl fencing. I used acetone which I purchased at my local auto parts store. It worked great. Just wiped the marker right off. It left the finish a little dull, but some car wax fixed that. I don't know how it would do on a sofa but if works great on vinyl fencing.

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July 18, 20070 found this helpful
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It is vinyl do not use acetone it will ruin it. Sour crea or yougurt will take care of it. Just rub and wipe and repeat also hairspray if all else fails . If the stain is set it will take a little patience.

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December 3, 20050 found this helpful

Oracle is correct re: Mr. Clean's 'Eraser'. Follow the directions on the box; Eraser must be damp or squeezed well. The quicker you want to get the cleaning job down, the harder you press, but I've found that this also tends to take the finish off of things. It literally erases marks. Case in point: footprints which won't mop off on linoleum. It gets into all the little pores of the linoleum and gets the dirt.

With the vinyl couch, there shouldn't be much of a problem using this method to remove the marks; vinyl seems pretty strong. If the stool is also the same vinyl, it should be ok. If the stool is wood, you could leave the drawings on and call it the "family stool" where the children draw, but I am guessing it is vinyl. It depends on how you view the incident. If you value the kids' creativity, you might show it off. If you feel affronted by them doing it in an inappropriate place, though, then I would show them something they are allowed to draw on and use the Eraser.

Good luck!

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June 26, 2010

How do I remove ink from a white vinyl chair? I have tried everything that I have read about or someone recommended and nothing has worked. Some areas of the ink have become lighter, but never gone. It is blue pen ink.

By Gisela

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June 27, 20100 found this helpful
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Try turpentine and steel wool. Scrub gently and wipe clean. Do this a few times, then wipe clean with water. Worked for same problem I had, on bright orange vinyl and didn't strip the paint or anything.

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March 17, 20110 found this helpful

Nothing worked on my white chairs to remove ink, so I tried 'ACETONE' . It did the job very well, but you have to try on small area first as this is a solvent and may strip the paint. I rubbed very gently little by little and it worked. It seemed to remove bit of shine of the vinyl, but I used the 'Marveer' furniture polish to bring the shine back. I only used it on white vinyl and probably would be careful with the colour vinyl.

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July 30, 20090 found this helpful

How do I get ball point ink off a yellow vinyl purse? Thanks.

Carol

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July 30, 20090 found this helpful

There's two products out there, Oops! and Goo Gone. I use both to remove ink, sticky sticker stuff, wax/grease spots, crayon. You get the idea. : )

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August 1, 20090 found this helpful

Try spraying with hairspray, then rubbing with a clean cloth before it dries. This should work for ink from a ball-point pen.

Brenda in Oz.

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June 10, 2011

My kid scribbled on the arm of my beige loveseat with permanent black marker about a month ago, then 2 weeks ago she set a pen on my sofa that exploded and left big blue blotches on the top and side of it.

We have tried everything: fingernail polish remover, vinegar, Magic Eraser, and hairspray; nothing has worked. They are faded now, but still very noticeable.

I'm not sure if the fabric is vinyl or leather, if that helps. Any suggestions to get it out completely without destroying my couch?

By jswen

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June 11, 20110 found this helpful

Well, anything you attempt for removing the ink is sure to remove the color of the leather as well... you may want to try some Automotive Leather Cleaners but as you state, there are so much ink on the arms, top and side that you'd have to be better than a professional to complete the task without it being noticeable. Have you tried using some Saddle Soap?

1) Do not purchase 'permanent' markers if your kid has access to them.

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December 14, 20060 found this helpful

How do you get ink off a vinyl coat?

Linda from Kettering, Ohio

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December 15, 20060 found this helpful

Have you tried hairspray and a dry cloth?

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December 16, 20060 found this helpful

Like the 1st poster, I have used hair spray, & am told the cheaper the better!

Donna

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March 24, 2009

How do I get pen ink off of my vinyl car seat?

By Lisa from TX

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March 24, 20090 found this helpful

Try WD-40, microfiber cloth, and elbow grease. It might not work perfectly on all types of vinyl, but usually does the trick.

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October 9, 20060 found this helpful

How do I clean a small ink spot from a Burberry PVC nova check purse?

Shell from WI

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October 11, 20060 found this helpful

Try this on a small spot that doesn't show first! Spray a small amount of CHEAP hair spray (Aquanet is good) and rub with the tip of an unlit match. There's something about the hairspray and the chemicals in the match tip that remove ink.

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January 29, 20101 found this helpful

Magazines were left on a vinyl covered card table. This left dirty dark streaks from the ink on the magazines. I would like to remove the streaks from top of card table.

By Seymour Phillips from San Diego, CA

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Ink and Marker off of Vinyl

Try dipping a cotton swab into nail polish remover and gently swiping over area (08/14/2009)

By tilly899

Ink and Marker off of Vinyl

I use Lysol disinfecting spray. Totally saturate the spot then swipe with a paper towel. (08/21/2009)

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June 26, 20100 found this helpful

How do I remove ink from vinyl and soft plastic?

By Peggy from Port Saint Lucie, FL

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Ink and Marker off of Vinyl

Try hairspray. (02/03/2010)

By moravice

Ink and Marker off of Vinyl

Try the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. I have gotten permanent marker on my countertop, and used the Mr. Clean eraser to get it off. It worked for that, very well. Also takes metal pan marks from the counter top. (02/03/2010)

By suengenenc

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August 13, 20090 found this helpful

My 5 year old wrote her name and her brother's name on the back of my Caravan's vinyl seats. I have tried hair spray, shaving cream, nail polish remover, all kind of cleaners, rubbing alcohol, Mr. Clean Eraser, etc. Any suggestions?

Victoria

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Ink and Marker off of Vinyl

Try Goo Gone. I use it at home and work. (03/17/2009)

By kghsave

Ink and Marker off of Vinyl

Try white "non-gel" toothpaste. I used Crest on my cream colored couch and it took out all the ball point pen and permanent marker ink. (03/17/2009)

By catastrofy

Ink and Marker off of Vinyl

I was able to remove permanent marker with Oreck stain cleaner several years ago. It wasn't especially cheap, but maybe worth it to save a car's interior. It may have been their Revelry cleaner, but check with the salesperson at the Oreck store to be sure. (03/18/2009)

By mizzoumom

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March 15, 20090 found this helpful

Does anyone know how to get ink and marker marks out of vinyl? I have a tan vinyl top card table that my son has drawn all over and would like to remove the marks without ruining the table. I have tried a few cleaners, but none have worked. I even heard hairspray would take up the pen marks, but no such luck. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

jhawkgrl19

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Ink and Marker off of Vinyl

I remove ink with hair spray. It works every time. (05/03/2004)

By Linda

Ink and Marker off of Vinyl

There is a spray can that is called Vandalizim or Grafitti spray. A hardware store or paint store can help you find it. You spray it on the markings and wipe off. It is a petroleum based product. Works great. (05/03/2004)

By Syd

Ink and Marker off of Vinyl

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser took Sharpie off of my wood footstool with no problem. Maybe it would work? (05/03/2004)

Ink and Marker off of Vinyl

The best thing I've found for removing permanent markers is nail polish remover. (05/03/2004)

By Jackie S.

Ink and Marker off of Vinyl

I use Clorox Clean-up. I used to work in a daycare and it works wonders on marker, pen, and crayon. (05/04/2004)

By Tawnda

Ink and Marker off of Vinyl

I just had the great opportunity to find out which product works best on my vinyl floor. After using bleach pen, Magic Eraser, tooth paste, alcohol, and hairspray, I decided to do a last effort with my nail polish remover. It worked like a charm! I think I'll invest in a gallon of this stuff! (07/19/2005)

By tx amy

Ink and Marker off of Vinyl

Rubbing alcohol.
(07/30/2005)

By Joey

Ink and Marker off of Vinyl

Be careful using acetone (most nail polish removers) to get ballpoint pen ink off of vinyl. I removed some of the color on my bag (gray) as well! I think if I had used less nail polish (ie. very little, barely damp cotton ball), this wouldn't have been a problem. The acetone works very, very well! (05/02/2006)

Ink and Marker off of Vinyl

The best way to remove pen off of vinyl is to mix acetone and sea salt. But be careful, and don't rub too hard. (06/11/2006)

By Zach

Ink and Marker off of Vinyl

Feedback from the graffiti removal industry: Please be careful with some of the suggestions. We are talking about removing ink from VINYL. Many petroleum-based products will shrink, dry out, or bleach the vinyl. It may look good now; however, the vinyl can deteriorate very quickly thereafter.

There are 100s of types of vinyl, citrus-based cleaners work well on some and hair spray works on others. We have found no single method that works on all types of vinyl. Always remember to test the cleaner, solvent, etc. on an inconspicuous area of the surface you wish to clean first.

Ciao,
Robin (01/24/2007)

By Robin

Ink and Marker off of Vinyl

Try Oxy-10 (or generic acne cream with 10% benzoyl peroxide). Leave it on and put it in the sun for awhile. Can take time, but it works wonders on vinyl and plastic dolls. You can use a heat lamp, but proceed with caution, as this can burn the vinyl. Never leave a heat lamp on an object unattended. Some have used straight peroxide with success. Good luck! Rob (03/18/2007)

By Rob

Ink and Marker off of Vinyl

I used Goof Off and a S.O.S pad and in under 3 minutes got black permanent marker off the siding of the house. You can buy it at a hardware store (05/04/2007)

By Candice in Calgary

Ink and Marker off of Vinyl

We got Sharpie off paint and wood veneer with mosquito spray. It came off immediately. Maybe it works on vinyl. (06/26/2007)

By JK

Ink and Marker off of Vinyl

I work at a tattoo shop and I can tell you that we have tried everything you can think of to get ink off our white vinyl tattoo chairs and nothing worked, until I came across this site. The hairspray thing worked like magic. But, I also used it in conjunction with one of my new favorite things, Mr. Clean Magic Erasers. Those things are awesome. So yea, if you need to get anything out of vinyl a lil hairspray and a Magic Eraser will be the answer to your prayers! (08/02/2007)

By Nicole

Ink off of the wall

We used Kaboom and a sponge, and it came right off! Good luck! (12/14/2007)

By Josie

Ink and Marker off of Vinyl

I am a teacher and I am constantly removing marker and pen from all of the surfaces in my room. I have had excellent results with Germx. It is mostly alcohol but it seems to take everything off of my desks, chairs, woodwork and even my plastic storage bins. (04/18/2008)

By Charlotte

Ink and Marker off of Vinyl

We just used a SOS pad, worked great! (04/29/2008)

By Samantha

Ink and Marker off of Vinyl

The vinyl seats in my car didn't respond at all to hairspray, perfume, leather/vinyl cleaner, multi surface cleaner. Mr. Clean Magic Eraser began to work, but only lightened the stain a bit. Nail polish remover seems to be my haven. (05/20/2008)

By Jenna

Permanent marker on vinyl fence.

I woke up this morning to find graffiti on my white vinyl fence. Black permanent marker. I used a suggestion from this site and it worked! OFF mosquito spray took it all off with lots rubbing. Thanks! (06/07/2008)

By Dana

Ink and Marker off of Vinyl

In response to the marker on the fence; try using Simple Green. I removed permanent marker that was on my counter top with a simple wipe using that. Not sure if it will work on the fence, but worth a try. Test it someplace first though to make sure it doesn't leave a green stain - the color of the cleaner. (06/14/2008)

By JM

Ink and Marker off of Vinyl

I just used Clearasil to clean some ink off the vinyl armrest in my car, and it worked like a charm! Dabbed it on over the spots, left it for a couple hours, wiped it off with a damp cloth and spots were gone completely. (06/14/2008)

By Derek

Ink and Marker off of Vinyl

There is a product by Melaluca called Sol-U-Mel that does an excellent job of removing permanent Sharpie marker. Seems like if it would remove permanent Sharpie marker it would remove other types of ink? Use it full strength on a cotton ball or cloth. Might want to test an area just to be sure. (07/07/2008)

By Susan

Ink and Marker off of Vinyl

First of all: remember that not all applications and messes are created equal. That said, I had to remove a bunch of blue Sharpie permanent marker drawings from vinyl wallpaper. I first used Magic Eraser, worked some, but started to take the finish off the wall. I next used another solvent from Service Master, and it also took off the finish.

My point, be careful, what products you use on the surface you need cleaned. I used a product by Zep, called Write Away-Ink and Graffiti Remover, and it worked like magic. This product is an aerosol, non-chlorinated solvent, that when used in conjunction with industrial/shop towels. The marker came off with a couple of applications (shouldn't need a Brillo pad, scouring pad, etc.).

Just be careful to have towels on hand, as the marker, literally bleeds off the wall. I sprayed the wall around the blue Sharpie mess to ensure no blue walls. I am moving heaven and earth to find this product! It looks like you can only get this product online, and must spend at least $50 dollars worth (good for 6 bottles) to get the actual product from ZEP themselves. I must say for larger/industrial jobs this product works extremely well. It is odd how each color Sharpie reacts differently to this product and all other cleaners in general. I have used toothpaste, Magic Eraser, isopropyl alcohol, and everything under the sun, but this stuff works! LARGE JOBS ONLY, and would probably be more useful in industrial jobs. PS. I have kids and I need at least one bottle of this citrus smelling life saver! (11/07/2008)

By Michael

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