How to Remove Permanent Marker From Ceramic Tile

Noel Stanchfield

Nothing mars a pretty picture like a stain. And permanent ink spills generally incite panic, due to, as the name implies, their permanence. However, there is no need to panic if you have decided to practice calligraphy in your spare time, only to create a mess that has you scrubbing on your hands and knees.

Don't let ink stains bring you down.

Permanent ink does not have to be a permanent reminder of clumsiness on your ceramic tiles.

  1. Spray the all-purpose cleaner over the affected area of the ceramic tile.

  2. Wipe the area using several sheets of paper towel to soak up the cleaner and the ink.

  3. Repeat this process until you are no longer wiping off any ink. The all-purpose cleaner should get most of the ink off of the ceramic tile, but some may still remain.

  4. Fill your bucket with warm water.

  5. Add a few drops of mild detergent to your bucket of water, mixing it until you have achieved a layer of bubbles on top of the water.

  6. Pour a small amount of ammonia onto a few sheets of paper towels, just enough so that the towels are damp from the ammonia.

  7. Hold the ammonia-moistened towels over the ink stain and squeeze them, to allow the ammonia to come into contact with the ceramic tile.

  8. Rub the ammonia-moistened paper towels over the ink stain, wiping up excess ammonia and any remaining ink.

  9. Discard the used paper towels and pull off several new sheets.

  10. Dip the paper towels into the warm, soapy water, and wipe down the entire affected area to remove all remaining traces of ink or the cleaning agents.

  11. Warning

    Ammonia is toxic in large amounts, so keep the area that you are cleaning well-ventilated and clean quickly to limit your exposure to the chemical.