How to Remove EXPO Markers from Any Surface?

Written by Laura Walker

Fact checked by Leilani Carroll

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Removing EXPO marker ink from a surface that it is not supposed to be on is no easy task. But it is doable with the right cleaning agent and some good tips.

Read on as we show you how to remove EXPO markers using both commercial and available home cleaners. Let’s get straight into it!

Removing EXPO Markers 101

Option #1 - Using EXPO Cleaning Products

To get EXPO markers off whiteboards, you can use the brand’s special cleaning products:

  • Dry Erase Whiteboard Cleaning Spray: This comes in an 8 oz bottle. Simply spritz a generous amount of it on your marker stain, then wipe over it with a clean cloth. With this, you can remove EXPO markers from whiteboards very easily and quickly. It is particularly ideal for deep cleaning.

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  • Dry Block Eraser (Soft Pile): Go over your marker stain with fresh ink. Let the fresh ink solvent loosen up the stain, then wipe it away with this eraser made of felt. It can get the job done quickly without leaving scratches or causing damage to your board.

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  • Whiteboard Care Dry Erase Wipes: Get rid of EXPO marker stains effortlessly with these specially formulated wipes, and simply throw them in the trash can when you are done. These wipes are packed in an easy-to-use pop-up container, and they can clear away ghosting streaks too.

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That’s the good thing I love about EXPO products, as these pieces are designed for cleaning whiteboards and dry erase boards with ease.

There is a good chance that these will also work on other smooth, non-porous surfaces, such as glass and plastic. If you are removing EXPO marker ink from similar surfaces, it is definitely worth giving these a try.

Option #2 - Using Rubbing Alcohol

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If you do not want to purchase commercial cleaning products and prefer to use something that is already lying around the house, rubbing alcohol is a good choice.

As a solvent, rubbing alcohol breaks down the pigments of the marker ink, making the ink easily wipeable.

  1. Pour some rubbing alcohol onto a cotton pad or cotton ball. Saturate it well.
  2. Go over the EXPO marker with the saturated cotton pad or ball.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 until there is no marker stain left.
  4. Wipe the treated surface once more with a clean, wet cloth.
  5. Let the surface air dry. If you must use it instantly, dry it with another cloth or tissues.

The great thing about rubbing alcohol is that you can use it to eliminate EXPO on more than just whiteboards. It can also work for ink on the skin, walls, and fabric.

You can use the same steps for removing EXPO marker ink from the skin and from walls.

Note: However, this dry erase marker removal ingredient can rob the sheen of high-gloss paint. You should test it first.

For fabric, follow these steps:

  1. Pour some rubbing alcohol onto a cotton pad or cotton ball. Saturate it well.
  2. Use the cotton pad or ball to press against the dry erase marker stain.
  3. Allow some time for the cotton pad or ball to absorb the ink. You should know that this is happening when the ink fades away from the fabric surface.
  4. Repeat steps 1 to 3 to lift all the marker ink away.
  5. Blot-dry the area that you have just treated with a fresh cloth or tissues.

Option #3 - Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

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Mr. Clean Magic Eraser can also sub in as your EXPO marker remover. You can use this method for whiteboards and walls.

Activate the magic eraser with water. All you need to do is hold it under running water.

  1. Make sure it is not dripping wet by squeezing out the excess water.
  2. Use the magic eraser like a sponge against the EXPO marker ink.
  3. Work the stain off bit by bit and reactivate the magic eraser if needed.
  4. Continue until the EXPO stain is completely gone.

To remove old EXPO marker stains, you will probably have to scrub a bit longer. Nonetheless, rest assured that the results will be worth it.

Option #4 - Nail Polish Remover

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Nail polish remover is another cleaning alternative. It will dissolve and loosen up the ink, which makes it easier for you to simply wipe the stain away. You can get EXPO markers off plastic like laminated paper and from a fabric couch.

  1. Pour some nail polish remover on a cotton pad or cotton ball.
  2. Use the pad or ball against the EXPO marker stain. Press on it so the solution has time to be absorbed. This is when it works its magic. The ink will be loosened up.
  3. Use another clean cotton pad or ball to dab the treated spot to make sure no ink is left. You might have to repeat steps 2 and 3 several times, depending on how long the marker ink has been on the surface. Dried EXPO markers will need a bit more elbow grease.
  4. Once the marker ink disappears, blot-dry the spot with some paper tissues. You can also use a clean cloth if you want.

This method is also handy for removing EXPO from the skin.

Option #5 - Hand Sanitizer

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If rubbing alcohol does not work, you can try cleaning dry erase marker with hand sanitizer. It is especially effective when dealing with EXPO on the skin.

  1. Dispense a good amount of hand sanitizer onto the stained skin spot.
  2. Then, use your fingers to rub the spot and fade the ink away.
  3. Wash the spot under running water or wipe it using a wet cloth.
  4. Check if the EXPO is gone. If there are still traces of ink, repeat steps 1 to 3.
  5. Wipe the spot again and dry it with another cloth when the ink has disappeared.

Option #6 - Toothpaste

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For EXPO stains on walls, grab your toothpaste and a clean toothbrush.

  1. Simply squeeze some toothpaste onto the toothbrush.
  2. Then, use the toothbrush to scrub and work the dry erase marker ink off. You should use moderate pressure to avoid causing damage to the wall.
  3. Continue scrubbing until the EXPO fades entirely.
  4. Use a clean, wet cloth to wipe the toothpaste away. Go over the wall as many times as you need to make sure there is no residue.
  5. If the wall is still wet, use another cloth to wipe it dry.

Besides the wall, this method works wonders for cleaning EXPO from wood.

Option #7 - Rubbing Alcohol & White Vinegar

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If you are having a hard time washing EXPO off of clothing pieces, this might be your solution.

Rubbing alcohol is also used in this method. Its “partner” is white vinegar.

  1. Set an absorbent cloth under the clothing piece stained with EXPO.
  2. Pour some rubbing alcohol onto a sponge, then use it to dab and blot the maker ink. The stain should fade gradually.
  3. Fill a sink up with warm water. Then, mix in a cup of white vinegar.
  4. Submerge the clothing piece in the sink for 15 minutes.
  5. Finally, take the clothing piece out and throw it into the laundry. Go ahead and launder it as you normally would.

Conclusion

How to remove EXPO markers? As you have read, there is more than one answer.

It is possible to erase the dry erase ink with many different ingredients, as well as combinations of them. The appropriate procedure also depends on where you are removing the EXPO marker from. Here is a recap:

  • From whiteboards or dry erase boards: EXPO cleaning products, rubbing alcohol, magic eraser, nail polish remover, and hand sanitizer.
  • From walls: Rubbing alcohol, magic eraser, nail polish remover, and toothpaste.
  • From clothes: Mixture of rubbing alcohol and white vinegar.
  • From wood: Rubbing alcohol and toothpaste.
  • From the skin: Rubbing alcohol, nail polish remover, and hand sanitizer.
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Laura-Walker

Hi, I am Eveline Kessler, a content creator. My love for colors and arts draws me here to join the Intermediarts team with Leilani. I am responsible for testing new products and techniques with her and providing honest reviews and tips based on our experience.

Laura Walker

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