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Often, when you receive metal supplies that you have ordered for your business, you will find that someone has written on some of the surfaces (often with a permanent marker). Usually, this is just to keep a track of what metal is going in and out of the warehouse, but the ink will need to be removed before you are able to use your order for its intended purpose.
Step 1: Soak a paper towel with some rubbing alcohol and use it to rub at the ink stain. Alternatively, you could apply some generic hairspray directly to the metal and wipe away with a paper towel.
Step 2: Continue to apply either of these methods to the metal until you have completely removed the stain. Just remember to keep changing to fresh paper towels so that the ink isn’t spread.
Step 3: Use some warm water to dampen a clean cloth and add a small drop of dishwashing detergent to the fabric. Give the metal a thorough wipe down to remove any traces of the rubbing alcohol or hairspray.
Step 4: Give the cloth a rinse and use it to give the metal another wipe down to remove any soap residue. Immediately dry the surface with a clean towel to avoid the development of water spots and rust.
Keep in mind that both rubbing alcohol and hairspray are flammable, so they should never be used around flames of any kind. If, for some reason, you are unable to remove the permanent marker stains from your metal using rubbing alcohol and hairspray, you should try a commercial remover that has been designed for getting rid of graffiti.