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Thread: My turn to ask for help re cutting mat

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    My turn to ask for help re cutting mat

    Oh my, I made a boo-boo yesterday. I was tracing with a black permanent marker onto tissue and my marks bled thru onto my yellow cutting mat. I've tried alcohol, nail polish remover, and bath tile cleaner (which has bleach & oxyclean in it). None of these have worked to get the marks off. Why didn't I use my common sense and put newspaper underneath? We ask, after it's too late. Does anyone have a product suggestion? I mean, I have really "embellished" this fairly new mat...the use isn't compromised, but it just looks so NASTY!!! Thanks for any advice (other than "go stand in the corner") LOL

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    Other than go stand in the corner .... I will tell you that you should just ignore it!! I am not too sure it will come out but will be curious what others have to say. It is still usable and if it will not come off with all that cleaner - it should not rub off on your fabric. It will however remind you every time you use it not to do it again lol. You could also flip the mat over if it bothers you.
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    I have had great results getting marker marks off other surfaces using FIT vegetable spray. It was the only thing that took black Sharpie off my fridge door. If your mat is the soft surface, the marker probably has soaked into the mat. Let the FIT spray soak into the marks.
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    BellaBoo - I have not seen this in the markets for years. I used to use it all the time. Also, I would never have thought about using it for that purpose.
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    Did the exact same thing to my mat. Tissue. Sharpie. I realized what I had done after the first tracing. It was a flower, so now I have a flower on my mat! I would just ignore it.
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    I have used hair spray for markers when nothing I had would help. It may not either, since it has soaked in.

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    I think I would just leave it!

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    Mr Clean magic eraser? Don't know if it will work, but what have you got to lose?
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    Worse case, use your sharpie and turn your mark into a design that doesn't look yucky.

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    Thank you all for your suggestions...I think the prize goes to eparys suggestion to turn the mat over. I liked the idea of 'connecting the marks to make a picture'---alas, it would then look like a forest of trees. I just remembered! I have a small tube of ink spot remover for clothing somewhere--haven't seen it for a while, but it must be hiding in the laundry rm. Cross my fingers,...and toes.....and eyes.

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    You are using the wrong kind of alcohol with rubbing alcohol. Rubbing alcohol is isopropyl alcohol. Your best bet is ethanol. Guess what kind that is! Try some vodka or something stronger if you have it. It probably won't remove all of it but it may remove some. I am guessing the mat is porous and the ink has soaked in.

    I keep cheap vodka around to use for a lot of things and none of them are drinking. I work in a lab and we write on everything with Sharpies. We remove it with ethanol, but our ethanol is 95%. Everclear is as close as you will come to that!

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    Try using WD 40 on it. It will take markers off of auto paint.

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    You want me to waste vodka on a silly ole marked up cutting mat?? Brrhahaha That is a great suggestion..I'll try in the morning (if I have any "alcohol" remaining) And I will also try the WD-40. Will drop back by & post the results. Thanks again, everyone!

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    magic erasers have worked for me to remove sharpie ink- when nothing else worked.
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    How about trying something called "Awesome"? I found it in the dollar store (in Michigan), can't remember which one, but it works to take out a lot of stuff. It is a yellow coloured cleaner. There were 2 different kinds, one was premixed in a spray bottle, and one was in a gallon jug that you had to mix with water. I used the full strength one. It worked to take a permanent black magic marker off of a white board. Hopefully it will work to take it off your cutting mat.

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    I use this stuff for everything and it is called "LA's Totally Awesome". It has gotten hari coloring off my cabinets. I wouls suggest thr magic erasers they work the best!!!


    Quote Originally Posted by cad_queen_2000 View Post
    How about trying something called "Awesome"? I found it in the dollar store (in Michigan), can't remember which one, but it works to take out a lot of stuff. It is a yellow coloured cleaner. There were 2 different kinds, one was premixed in a spray bottle, and one was in a gallon jug that you had to mix with water. I used the full strength one. It worked to take a permanent black magic marker off of a white board. Hopefully it will work to take it off your cutting mat.

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    Get a bottle of 91% isopropyl alcohol. The cheap 70% won't take ink off. The 91% runs about 3.00 a bottle but it is worth every penny.

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    Way back in the dark ages when I worked at the hospital, I used oil of wintergreen to remove marker from our name plates. Smelled good too.
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    All attempts failed...guess the marks are permanent, as the ink is supposed to be. If the vodka had been used sooner, it might have removed most of the markings. Gonna have to live w/it or flip the mat. Will try to upload pix...might fail. Again, really appreciate all the suggestions.
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    WD40 - it takes off all kinds of marks and sticky residue too.

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    Tried WD-40 today..but marks had been on mat since yesterday. Nothing has budges them so far. Think the ink has been absorbed. May try pure bleach nest. Or live with it.

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