How to Remove Expo Marker

If you’re interested in how to remove EXPO marker stains from your whiteboard or other surfaces, you’re in the right place.

Our post below outlines the most effective methods that you can use to remove permanent marker ink from your dry-erase boards and other surfaces, and hopefully, by the end, you’ll be feeling a lot more assured about how to get rid of EXPO marker ink from different surfaces in your home. 

Removing Permanent Markers From Dry-Erase Board

  • A dry-erase marker or clean cloth will work effectively to remove ink that’s fresh. 
  • You can then use a rubbing alcohol spray on the area and wipe the board again to remove any leftover marks. 
  • Wipe the dry-erase board clean with a dry cloth.

Removing EXPO Marker From Skin

  • Start by applying some rubbing alcohol, nail polish remover or hand sanitizer to the affected area.
  • Use a clean cloth or paper towel to wipe the dry-erase marker ink.
  • You can repeat this process until the ink is gone completely.
  • Make sure to wash your hands with warm water and soap after. 

Removing EXPO Marker From Plastic

  • Pour hydrogen peroxide onto a cotton ball.
  • Wipe the plastic surface using a circular motion until the dry-erase marker ink begins to disappear.
  • You may need to repeat this process more than once.
  • When the ink is gone, wipe the area clean with a wet cloth. 

Removing EXPO Marker From Walls

  • Apply a laundry detergent or other household cleaner to a cloth or cotton balls.
  • Wipe the marked wall using a circular motion.
  • Once the stain is gone, wipe the wall with a clean cloth. 

Removing EXPO Marker From Clothes

  • Place paper towels underneath the fabric on a flat surface.
  • Apply isopropyl alcohol or hand sanitizer to the permanent marker stain.
  • Use a toothbrush or a stain to gently rub the area until the stain is gone.
  • You can then wash your clothes as normal with detergent. 

Also read: How to Remove China Marker


After reading through our post on how to get dry-erase marker ink off of various surfaces, we hope that you’re feeling more confident about applying these cleaning methods. Give these methods a try next time you’re faced with any of those unwanted marks.


Are dry-erase markers harmful?

Dry-erase markers aren’t considered to be harmful. However, they can have a distinct odor that some find to be irritating. 

What’s contained in EXPO markers?

EXPO markers include chemical solvents, color pigments, as well as a release agent and polymer. 

Can you remove EXPO marker ink from paint?

Yes, you can start by applying rubbing alcohol to a sponge. Wipe the surface until the dry-erase marker stains are gone and use a separate sponge to clean the area. 

What other household items can remove EXPO marker ink?

Some of the common household products that can be effective for removing dry-erase ink stains include toothpaste, vinegar, baking soda, WD-40, and hairspray. 

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