Clear the area around the PVC pipe and prepare the cleaner, rag and other cleaning materials nearby.
Run the rag across the PVC pipe to remove any excess dirt, dust or other debris. Open the PVC pipe cleaner container (available at most hardware stores) and allow the fumes from the cleaner liquid to breathe. While wearing gloves, carefully apply the PVC pipe cleaner to the portion of the pipe with lettering and rub the area in small circles using the rag.
Hold an additional rag to collect the ink that may be bleed from the lettering. Rub until the lettering has fully dissolved.
Lay the PVC pipe out to dry in a place unreachable by children or pets. Clean the rag in hot soapy water. Once the PVC pipe is dry, run the rag across the surface to ensure a smooth finish. Wash the rag before reusing.
Things You Will Need
- PVC pipe cleaner
- Two rags
- Liquid soap suds or other industrial-grade soap
- Hot water
- A potentially cheaper and less-chemical option involves the use of a sanding belt or hand sander to carefully sand down the area with the lettering. Acetone, or nail polish varnish, has also been used to remove lettering, although it may cause discoloration.