The Best Ways To Get Permanent Marker Off Laminate Floors

Marking your laminate floor with a permanent marker pen can seem like the ultimate nightmare. However, permanent marker stains don't have to be so permanent. Instead of furiously scrubbing away in a desperate attempt to remove the stain, instead try using citrus-based adhesive remover or a baking soda and water solution. While they may seem like random choices, both magic concoctions can do a surprisingly good job alongside some elbow grease on your behalf. Not only will this save you hours of scrubbing and desperately searching for a solution, but it should also be relatively budget-friendly and simple. In fact, you likely already have some baking soda nestled away in your cupboard.

All you need to do now is locate the mark and choose what solution you're going to use. These methods should work well whether the stain is fresh or dried, although it may take a bit more scrubbing power if it's set. Below, we'll break down the best ways to remove permanent marker from laminate floors.

Attack the mark with citrus-based adhesive remover

Using citrus-based adhesive remover to clean a permanent marker stain off your laminate floor is not only convenient but also very effective. All you need to do is add some of the product to a disposable dry cloth or old T-shirt and rub it into the permanent marker stain. Eventually, you should see the mark slowly begin to dissolve, which is a sign that the product is working to remove it from your laminate surface. You can repeat this as many times as you like, especially if you think more is necessary to remove the mark. The key is to start with a little and build it up slowly. Likewise, whatever material you use to remove it, you should keep in mind that it's something that you'll be throwing away. Finally, when you see the mark has finally gone, simply clean up the area with something damp.

So, why does this method work so well? In order to remove the permanent marker, the product helps to break down the mark with its acidity from the citrus, making it easier to wipe up. As a result, you should be left with a mark-free floor. Of course, you should always make sure to check any safety precautions before starting. Likewise, you should also check which cleaning agents never to use on laminate floors

Try using baking soda and water

Another one of the best ways to get permanent marker off laminate floors is to use baking soda and water together — a combination you may already be familiar with. All you need to do is add a small amount of water to a teaspoon of baking soda. Alternatively, you can also use some toothpaste in place of the water, which should also have the same effect. You can do this in a small cup or in your hand. Once you have your mix, add some on top of the stain in question, ensuring that you cover the whole thing. Allow the mixture to work its magic for a few minutes before giving it a good scrub to remove the mark. If the permanent marker is still there, you can repeat the same steps, and leave it on for a little longer until the mark has disappeared. Once you feel satisfied with the results, you can wipe up the remaining residue.

The reason this method works so well is because baking soda contains ingredients that are abrasive. This makes it an excellent choice to combat permanent marker. Likewise, what makes baking soda another great option is the fact that it's also safe to use on your laminate flooring, provided you don't leave it on there for too long. In addition, it's also cheap and easy to use. What more could you ask for?