How to Remove Permanent Marker from Concrete

How to Remove Permanent Marker From Concrete

How to Remove Permanent Marker From Concrete

Removing Permanent Marker From Concrete

Removing Permanent Marker From Concrete


If you find magic marker drawing or writing on your concrete steps, don’t panic….it can be removed.  A little child drew and wrote on my front steps and walkway.  Of course, I panicked. How in the world was I going to get magic marker out of the concrete?  Follow these steps and save yourself all the time and trials that I put in to remove it.

1. First, it is best to use dish detergent and water to scrub the markings.  It helps to loosen it up. Use a big brush to scrub the markings.

2. Second, pour fingernail polish remover over the markings. If it doesn’t come out completely the first time, continue to repeat steps 1 and 2 until it comes out completely.


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  1. Concrete is the permanent solution for any home related work. I am sure your experience will guide us properly.

  2. We used toothpaste and it actually works.
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  3. Random, I know. But is that a frog under your concrete drawing at the top?

  4. I dont have any nail polish remover in the house. My son just decided to use my boyfriends concrete stained flooring in the living room as a mural with a sharpie marker. I have hair spray I heard that would work, any other suggestions????? I’m about to panic…..the joys of having a two year old!!!

  5. Thank you so much for this. I recently purchased a concrete topped table from Restoration Hardware that my daughter marked on with a sharpie in two places. I put nail polish remover on a qtip and rubbed the marks. They came right off. Thanks so much!

  6. Thank you! You just saved the day. My daughter and neighbor friend just drew all over the front porch of the neighbors house. It came up immediately with just dish washing liquid. The kids even did all the cleaning.

  7. ashlynn says:

    Wish you had posted before and after pics.

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