Removing Ink from Rubber?

March 26, 2022

How to remove pen ink from the rubber sole of shoes if the area isn't smooth?



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I sometimes teach eBay classes and people are always looking for a way to remove the 'price' marks that many thrift stores place on the soles of new/used shoes.
But there are many reasons for wanting to remove ink marker spots/stains.

In your case where the ink stain is on the soles of shoes, there are several ways you can try but the following is what I always try first:
For DIY I use nail polish remover and a dryer sheet:
you can use cotton balls or q-tips to rub the nail polish remover on the sharpie stain and then rub it with a dryer sheet that has been wet with polish remover.
This will usually remove the stain but sometimes permanent ink stains can be difficult to remove.

If this method doesn't work or you just want to try something else then it may be best to use Goo Gone. Goo Gone can be messy so start with a small amount or use the spray bottle. Cover the stain and wait 10-30 minutes to give the Goo Gone time to soak in. You may need to add more Goo Gone as this needs to stay slightly moist during the 'waiting' period.


Wipe off the Goo Gone with disposable cloths and then carefully rinse with water or soap & water. Try to remove all of the product.
This method may also take several 'cleanings' to remove all of the stains.

I always recommend these two links to anyone trying to remove ink spots/stains.
You will find the instructions on removing ink from shoe soles at about the middle of the article.

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January 25, 2013

How do I remove an ink stain on rubber sole of a shoe?

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January 28, 20130 found this helpful

You might try spraying it with hair spray and wiping. That is what I used to get ink stains off dolls when my daughter was small.

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