How to Remove China Marker

China markers, also known as grease pencils, are excellent for use in artwork. However, if you’re not familiar with them, you may struggle to remove grease pencil marks from surfaces such as tiles, glass, shoes, paper, fabric, and more.

Well, this post walks you through the best methods to remove China marker stains quickly and effectively, so let’s get started. 

Paper Towels

If you have China marker stains on glassware, paper towels may be all you need to get the job done. 

  • Fold your paper towel to make it thicker.
  • Gently rub the grease pencil stain until it has been removed.
  • Be sure to use a gentle rubbing motion to prevent your glassware from being damaged.


WD-40 is a household item that’s great for getting rid of grease pencil marks from fabric, shoes, and wooden surfaces.

  • Start by making a damp cloth using the WD-40 solution.
  • Gently rub the marked area until the grease pencil stain is gone.

When it comes to using WD-40 for clothes, it’s best to place a towel underneath the area that you’ll be cleaning.

  • Place your clothing on a flat surface and follow the above steps to remove the stains.
  • Repeat the steps for stubborn stains.

Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing alcohol with a concentration of at least 70% is best to remove a grease pencil stain. 

  • Place your stained items on a flat surface.
  • Apply the rubbing alcohol to a toothbrush or small cloth.
  • Gently scrub the grease pencil markings until the stain disappears.
  • Use a clean cloth to dab the area and remove the alcohol along with any China marker residue.

Nail Polish Remover 

Nail polish remover contains acetone which is an excellent solvent for removing marks from grease pencils from ceramics and metal.

  • Apply the nail polish remover to a cotton ball.
  • Gently rub the grease pencil marks until the stain is gone.
  • You may need to put some elbow grease into it to get rid of the stain completely.
  • Use a dry cloth to dab the area clean. 

Magic Eraser 

Magic Erasers can be fantastic for removing stains from China pencils from non-porous surfaces such as tiles.

  • Soak the sponge with warm water and squeeze out the excess. 
  • Scrub the stained area until the marks fade.
  • Dry the area with a rag. 


So, that wraps up our post about how to remove China marker stains from different surfaces, so be sure to follow the steps mentioned throughout this post the next time you want to successfully get rid of any grease pencil stains. 

We hope that this post has been useful in helping you to feel more assured about using China pencils and not worrying about them leaving permanent marks. Now go create something fantastic!

Also read: How to Remove Washable Marker From Fabric Couch


Are China markers meant to be permanent

No, these grease pencils were made to be removed from surfaces. They used to be made permanent by using wax, however, on their own, they won’t stay on a surface permanently. 

People typically use them to mark glassware or items without worrying about them remaining permanent. These pencils are also waterproof, which makes them popular for labelling items.

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