Remove Sharpie Permanent Marker From Stone?

I have red Sharpie permanent marker on my River Rock Stone Fireplace. My son wrote on one of the stones and no matter what I have used it will not come off. I even tried bleach. Any suggestions?


TIC from PA

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March 15, 20110 found this helpful

My 5 yr old son did this with a black sharpie on 3 types of stone at his grand parent's house (YIKES!): grey polished slate, varnished marble bowl, white granite with no finish. It came off of the slate the easiest and the varnished granite using 409, dish soap, and one of those "Magic Sponges". The white marble was porous and soaked in the sharpie dye/ink.

We thought something acid would help. I also tried a paste of Ajax cleanser with no luck. A long soak in an acidic solvent should do it (100% Ethanol at pH 3-5). My son added "eyes" to this white marble female figurine. If soaking the head causes a stain, we'll soak the whole thing. If this works, we'll post it.


As for his grandmother's grudge, nothing will remove that stain.

Good luck.

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September 4, 20170 found this helpful

Be careful with acids on marble! It can permanently etch it.

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July 27, 20180 found this helpful

My friend got sharpie all over one of my stones. It was granite (I think). To remove the red mess, I wet the stone with handsoap and dishsoap and scrubbed with a rough towel. It did take a really long time and lots of water though.

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May 31, 20220 found this helpful

Nail polish remover or acetone is among the common items for stain removal, including permanent ink stains on various surfaces. This product contains a liquid solvent that can remove Sharpie from stone surfaces without damaging them.


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March 19, 20120 found this helpful

Try Lysol. I just used it on our stone patio table and it is almost totally gone. You can only tell if you know it was there. I am hoping once it sits overnight and I seal that spot again, you won't be able to see it at all. Good Luck!

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March 19, 20122 found this helpful

Oh, let me be specific, Lysol disinfectant spray. Not any of their other floor cleaning products or the like (sorry, I wasn't thinking).

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July 27, 20154 found this helpful

Use Nailpolish remover! It works like a charm! Rub it on every rock you want to clean 4-5 times then rinse and dry.

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May 11, 20171 found this helpful

This is really useful, worked a treat. Thank you

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October 27, 20171 found this helpful

This worked, but had to be done a few times thanks for the tip!

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April 15, 20162 found this helpful

I had red marker on white marble- nothing worked UNTIL I mixed baking soda/peroxide into a paste and glopped it on the satin- held in place with plastic wrap and masking tape at the edges- gave it 24 hours to dry and pull the ink out- and voila ! IT WORKED- stains (25 or so of them) disappeared !!

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May 21, 20210 found this helpful

Hi did you do peroxide and baking soda.I have 3 percent hydrogen peroxide USP

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