Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

We have permanent marker on our dry erase board! We have tried board cleaner and alcohol, but the shadow remains. Any suggestions?

Betsy from New Orleans

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Cleaning Permanent Ink Of A Dry Erase Board

Another thing that works is to use the same permanent marker over the original writing. Just do a little at a time and then wipe off. I learned this the hard way, right after joining our church my kids decided to write on one of the dry erase boards with a sharpie marker. My son actually figured it out. I was so glad! I thought I was going to have to buy a new board. (10/31/2004)

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By scmommy5

Cleaning Permanent Ink Of A Dry Erase Board

You can try rubbing alcohol (10/31/2004)

By beanygurl

Cleaning Permanent Ink Of A Dry Erase Board

Will this also work with a chalk board? Thanks! (11/02/2004)

By kel

Cleaning Permanent Ink Of A Dry Erase Board

Here's an easy fix. Color over the permanent marker lines with a dry-erase pen and erase off while still damp. It really worked for us!
(11/11/2004)

By Chuck

Cleaning Permanent Ink Of A Dry Erase Board

Obviously wouldn't work on a chalk board, but best thing for dry-erase boards is to go over the permanent marker with a dry erase marker. Everything wipes right off. (11/11/2004)

By JC

Cleaning Permanent Ink Of A Dry Erase Board

Mr Clean Magic Eraser might work. It cleaned permanent marker off the side of my fridge.
(11/26/2004)

By guest

Cleaning Permanent Ink Of A Dry Erase Board

Going over with dry erase marker works pretty well, but to remove all traces, finish by spraying with "Krud Kutter" (got it at Home Depot) and let it sit for a few minutes. Looks good as new! (11/30/2004)

By Beth-o

Removing Permanent Marker

To remove permanent marker from something (like a note board), trace over the writing with a dry erase marker and wipe away. It may take a little bit but the permanent (?) marker will leave.

By Melanie (12/06/2004)

By ThriftyFun

Cleaning Permanent Ink Of A Dry Erase Board

I tried the aqua net and it didn't work for me but 91% rubbing alcohol worked awesome. (02/28/2005)

By Molly

Permanent Marker off Dry Erase Board

I didn't have alcohol or time to get to a store. I was at work when my 10 year old decided to draw on the board in our board room. The only thing I could find was Windex all surface cleaner W/Vinegar. Worked like a charm! You just have to be careful of the color running down the board and onto something else, it works instantaneously.

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Angie in Kentucky (04/05/2005)

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Use Acetone, the ink will wipe off like butter! (04/07/2005)

By Rishele

Cleaning Permanent Ink Of A Dry Erase Board

I got instant, perfect results with Windex followed by rubbing alcohol. If you use just alcohol it takes longer. (04/14/2005)

By Mary in Talent, Oregon

Cleaning Permanent Ink Of A Dry Erase Board

Just tried using acetone and the dry erase marker. acetone works like a charm. (04/30/2005)

By Justin

Cleaning Permanent Ink Of A Dry Erase Board

I just used the Mr Clean Magic Eraser, it took the marker right off. (05/20/2005)

By Cathy

Cleaning Permanent Ink Of A Dry Erase Board

I've tried acetone, vinegar, and Windex. It's not permanent marker even, it's a dry erase that just spreads everywhere. Any more ideas? (08/14/2005)

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

I love the internet! My five year-old daughter just started practicing her vowels by writing on my dry erase board ...with a Permanent Marker!

I went directly to the internet and found this site. I used the suggestion of the acetone. Dabbed a paper towel with my fingernail polish remover and it magically disappeared! Thanks folks! (12/22/2005)

By Mommy

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

AHHHH, love you guys! Thanks, I really did not think I would find a thing. ACETONE, works great! I just used toilet paper with polish remover, came off...red perm marker like it was never even there! Try this! (02/22/2006)

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

Wow, it really works when you trace dry erase marker over the permanent marker the permanent marker comes right off, forget the acetone and windex. (02/28/2006)

By Trisha

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

Use hairspray. It worked for me. (03/21/2006)

By Patti

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

Try cream(not gel) toothpaste. Works great! (03/28/2006)

By Jo Ann

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

How brilliant! Polish remover works great. Thank you very much! (04/01/2006)

By Joe

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

All the things above work fine. But, what if there no board. I mean is, what if the board is replaced with other material like plastic sticker that you put from inside your car. Because, I have that kind of problem. (04/07/2006)

By hudz

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

Thank you so much! Writing over the permanent marker with Dry-Erase marker actually worked, how I don't know. But you do have to go over it a few times!
(05/09/2006)

By Deborah

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

Going over the permanent marker with a dry erase marker worked perfectly! Thank you! (06/23/2006)

By co-worker

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

Wow, using the dry erase marker overtop the permanent marker really works! This is the first site that came up in Google when I did a search and I'm so glad it did! Your feedback has helped me immensely. Now my white board at work won't be permanently ruined by my stupidity! Thanks! (07/14/2006)

By Leah

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

WOW! Thanks a bunch. Using the dry erase marker over the permanent works. (08/31/2006)

By Randee

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

Thanks so much. I'm working at a school as a internship for a year. 2nd week in and I pick up a permanent marker, so before anyone noticed, I went over it with a dry marker. Thanks! (09/14/2006)

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Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

Thank God for this site! I am new at work and accidentally used a permanent marker on the dry-erase board, despite the huge sign! It's gone now. Thank God for this site! (09/28/2006)

By Dr. Reese

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

Awesome solution! Thank you so much! (10/24/2006)

By Anne

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

Wow! This is amazing!(11/03/2006)

By Kate

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

Go over the permanent marker writing with a dry erase marker and then clean it with the dry erase eraser. Repeat until you get all the smears off. (12/02/2006)

By Sam

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

1st link in google = I look like a pro on my 3rd week at work as I fixed up somebody else's mistake. Who would have thought it's so easy to repair. (02/01/2007)

By somebody

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

OMYG, whoever thought to do this is an absolute genius and should be rewarded greatley! Thank you, thank you thank you! It's funny how the stupidest little think could brighten up your day! (02/16/2007)

By M AND R

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

This worked SO great. I was at work and had my daughter and her friend with me at my office. Being 13, they naturally don't pay enough attention to what they are doing. They BOTH drew with permanent marker on my boss's white board and couldn't figure out why it wouldn't come off. I told them the board would cost them each $40 if they couldn't get it off. I did a search and this was the first thing. Both girls sighed HUGE sighs of relief as the permanent marker came of very easily with no effort. WHEW! (04/06/2007)

By Nicole

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

Thank you!! Co-worker moved into a new office today and I left him a funny note. Unfortunately in permanent marker. Writing back over with dry erase worked well even if you have to do it a few times! Whew. (04/10/2007)

By ToniC

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

Mr Clean Magic Eraser takes magic marker off a dry erase board. Sybil (04/18/2007)

By Sybil McQueen

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

A combination of dry erase over and acetone worked for me, my mistake was that I used the scratchy side of the sponge and you will never get any marker to come off correctly after that, it was my shop/garage board so no big deal. (04/19/2007)

By Nuggy Nobody

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

Thanks a million! My boss asked was there anything that would remove permanent marker and I came to this site. Your solution worked like a charm! You rock! (05/24/2007)

By Lorewal

Thanks

Thanks for the permanent marker tips, it totally saved my dry erase board! (07/22/2007)

By Peter

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

My mom is a school teacher with dry erase boards and said Mr. Clean Magic Eraser work or there is a spray you can get at office supply stores that is dry erase spray. (08/25/2007)

By Tigger1971

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

Nail polish remover with or without acetone makes the permanent marker come off instantly. (08/26/2007)

By Marsha

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

I just realized that I had used a black Stanford 336 Permanent Marker on my white board several days ago. From the previous advice I first used Acetone. This really broke up the ink, but tended to smear it over a larger area, leaving a light gray film, as I wiped it. I then used naphtha (lighter fluid), and this took the gray film off completely. Naphtha by itself didn't do much to the ink. (09/12/2007)

By Ken

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

Just go over it with a dry erase marker and wipe away. (10/08/2007)

By Excogitationist

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

Nail polish remover (10/17/2007)

By Karen Kalocinski

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

There is a product called "INK-OUT" it takes permanent ink off a white board like dry erase board cleaner takes off dry erase marker- that easy that quick. I found the product at the local janitorial supply place and it was about the same price per oz as dry erase board cleaner.

I am not a sales rep for this company I run a small school in Arizona and have found this product to be priceless in removing graffitti and the like from various different surfaces.

Whiteboards stain after years of abuse (not cleaning them on a regular basis) easiest way to fix that problem is replace the dry erase board-. You can buy an eight foot by four foot sheet of it at a "HOME DEPOT" or "LOWES" for usually under $20.00. (10/25/2007)

By Sandy

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

Goo Gone or Goof Off and then Windex to clean off the oil residue. (11/19/2007)

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Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

I was at work and wrote on my dry erase board w/ permanent marker. I was amazed at how easy it was just to go over it with the dry erase marker and then wipe it way. I love the internet. Thank you to all the strangers out there who post all this helpful information! (12/04/2007)

By Manda

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

Writing over the permanent Marker with Dry Erase Markers worked very well. I had to do it a couple times but it still came off very easily and it was something I had at the office to use right away. (01/07/2008)

By Chris

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

I did the writing over it with a dry erase marker, it got most of it off but was really smeary. So I used Fantastic with Oxy Power and the board is gleaming white. (01/08/2008)

By Kristin

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

Paint remover works best. Try it. (01/16/2008)

By Rachel

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

Listerine works wonderfully. I did the great "oops" and was looking around the house for something with alcohol in it. (02/01/2008)

By Judi

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

Purell Hand Sanitizer takes it off very easily. (02/07/2008)

By shawn

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

Someone out there is an absolute genius! Thank you for the tip of using the dry-erase marker over the permanent ink on my dry-erase board to get it off. I scribbled over the entire word (one word at at time) as if I was trying to scribble the whole word so no one could read it (as I often did in grade school when we went from pencils to pens and I didn't want anyone to see my stupid, wrong answer.)

Word by word, I got the whole paragraph off my dry-erase board. I work alone at home, so no one else saw my blunder, but YOU GUYS ARE LIFESAVERS!! Thanks so much for the tips.

One more thing to those who haven't tried this yet, I'd recommend small, quick wipes with the eraser or tissue, because the longer the stroke, the greater the likelihood you'll create a smear. You can still get the smear off, but it means more scribbling and erasing. (02/26/2008)

By Elaine in Seattle

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

Aquafresh toothpaste with tartar control works really well! Especially if nothing else works! (05/28/2008)

By band kids

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

Dude, dry erase markers really worked! Pretty clean, too. Definitely a great quick fix. (05/29/2008)

By Judith

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

Man, I've tried dish detergent, bleach, alcohol, toothpaste, Purell, fantastic, fingernail polish remover, paint remover; NOTHING works like the dry erase marker over the permanent marker that Chuck suggested; skip the rest, go straight to that. If you have a lot of marks, like I did, it will still take a bit of elbow grease. Thanks Chuck! (06/08/2008)

By Flakdog

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

Wow, was I nervous, my neighbor loaned me a dry erase board, he said probably 3 times, "make sure you use a dry erase marker." Well I had a few colors marked "dry erase" but I also had a few crayola markers, that I thought would act the same way. WRONG. I didn't find that the dry erase marker technique works on "crayola" but the gel toothpaste thing works like a charm. I applied it like wax and dry shined it off! Try for the toothpaste trick! (07/07/2008)

By sunrise2760

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

Wow! I didn't believe it would work but just tried it and it works perfect! Thank you (07/30/2008)

By Sarah

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

After reading a few suggestions from above, I reached for my husbands favorite soap, LAVA, in bar form. It was slightly damp on one side, so I rubbed it on the dry erase board where the permanent marker had been used by mistake, then rubbed with a paper towel. Woolaa! All permanent markings disappeared, as expected. Saved again by LAVA soap. Thanks for this forum. It saved me $$
(07/30/2008)

By Debra K from Longmont CO/p>

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

Like everyone else I tried the polish remover and alcohol but the toothpaste worked really good. It removed 98% of the marks that were made by every sort of marker my kids could find and by just using the toothpaste and a washrag it brought it off. THE TOOTHPASTE WORKS. (08/14/2008)

By momof4

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

I tried the dry erase pen to remove the permanent ink from the dry erase board and it really works just like it's stated. I didn't have access to toothpaste so I tried this method. (08/15/2008)

By Brenda

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

I had a For Sale sign I needed to get the number off and I used toothpaste let it sit for 1 minute and then scrubbed it off with alcohol. (08/17/2008)

By Robert S. (Georgia)

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

Propylene does the trick! (08/18/2008)

By Kalzy

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

There is always hope! Toothpaste! (08/29/2008)

By JUSTIN

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

Get this, I bought a 4 pack of dry erase markers that I used to write on this GIANT white board my dad made for me (he took the time to build a frame and everything). Turns out 2 of those 4 markers were actually permanent markers. They were labeled in small print on the markers, but the pack they came in CLEARLY said "dry erase markers for use on white boards"


I was so worried until I read this. Thanks guys. Dry erase markers over the permanent marker took it right off. (08/30/2008)

By A

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

I never thought it would work but I tried the dry erase marker over the permanent and it totally worked. It's all gone! (09/02/2008)

By Liz

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

Yesterday I picked up the wrong marker too. After I sprayed it with Fantastick and everything else I had handy in the kitchen I was left with a smear.

This morning in disgust I stood there rubbing the mark with my fingertip and it started coming off. That gave me the idea that a small amount of oil might work. I sprayed a tissue with a little PAM, and rubbed the gray smear right off. Then I wiped the oil off with Fantastick.

The board's like new. So, before you rush out to buy anything, try a little spray cleaner, a dab of oil and spray again. (09/12/2008)

By momgavemeanickel

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

OMG! It really worked. All you have to do is get any kind of toothpaste and put it on top of the permanent marker and scrub. It really works!
(09/12/2008)

By Carly

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

I had an old Dry Erase Board with black lines and faded colored words, some over a year or more old. Before I found this site, I tried nail polish remover which mostly got rid of the black lines, but didn't touch the pink and red words nor any of the scratches. When I saw the postings on this site, I first tried writing with a dry erase marker over the words (I used a fair amount of force and was persistent) but this did nothing.

I then tried some old toothpaste, which worked like a champ. I began with the words, spreading toothpaste over the letters, letting it sit a minute and with a soft tissue began rubbing and rubbing. To my delight the letters began to fade and with a little more toothpaste and elbow grease totally disappeared. I also noticed that the board became really white where I had rubbed. After my first go-round I used a damp washcloth (damp with water) and wiped off the whole board.

I could then see that the parts I hadn't scrubbed with toothpaste looked dingy and gray so I cleaned each area. It almost looks good as new and feels really smooth. Thanks for your help. (09/14/2008)

By Liz

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

Jewel Disinfectant Wipes(other disinfectant wipes may do); wipe it off, throw it away! No spraying, no tracing, no mess at all! They remove permanent marker as easily as removing the dry erase marker itself! (09/24/2008)

By tidblgurrr

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

Fab! Toothpaste works! (09/27/2008)

By kat

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

I was able to clean a dry erase board at work that had permanent marker on it close to a year. Thanks for the tip. The dryerase maker certainly did the trick! (09/29/2008)

By Liz

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

I have to do a project on what products take off permanent markers off of a white board. It figures out that hairspray, rubbing alcohol, hand sanitizer and mouth wash works best. All separate, of course. Wooow, they work. (10/08/2008)

By shania w 7th grade science project...

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

WD-40 worked for me when all the other suggestions didn't. (10/16/2008)

By Mike

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

Goof off works the best and doesn't take the finish off! (11/10/2008)

By

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

My boss grabbed a random marker (which turned out to be permanent) to write on the white board I JUST bought for the office not a week ago. Toothpaste works! I used Colgate paste not gel. (11/13/2008)

By SPeater

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

Hand sanitizer worked like a charm! Thanks. (11/13/2008)

By nbb

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

Thanks for the help. I wrote on my dry erase board with a sharpie by accident. I tried the spray from the dry erase. It just made it worse. I tried the dry erase marker over the marker, which I have seen work before. Still the sharpie was unfazed, so I turned to the internet and found this site. One application of toothpaste and voila. Better then new! (12/03/2008)

By Stevie M.

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

PB Blaster works too which is pretty much the same as WD-40. (12/16/2008)

By

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

TOOTHPASTE! Freaking amazing! Thank you, you saved me from the wrath of my 3 year old daughter - I messed up her brand new dry erase easel board that she got for Christmas! (12/28/2008)

By Kelly

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

Toothpaste! Best advice I'd had. I was skeptical at first but it worked amazingly well. Not a trace of the permanent marker left! (12/30/2008)

By DB

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

The toothpaste worked first time! You do need a bit of elbow grease, but this was a perfect, though odd, solution. (01/02/2009)

By Gershwin

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

Great idea, whoever thought of this is genius. (01/29/2009)

By Juan and Nikki

Amodex Works Better

Toothpaste only really works if its been on there for a couple of minutes. I use this product called the Amodex Ink and Stain Remover. Its a cream and really takes Sharpie off. It should its recommended on their website! (01/30/2009)

By Linda

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

Pepsodent toothpaste worked - even for the MONTHS old permanent marker! :) (02/01/2009)

By Laura Tes

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

I am surprised so many people do not know this but to remove permanent marker from a whiteboard, all you need to do is scribble over it with dry erase marker and then wait 30 seconds or so. Then erase with a regular eraser. The permanent marker comes off along with the dry erase marker. (02/01/2009)

By Kyle S.

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

Thanks for all the suggestions. I used hand sanitizer and it worked great. (02/16/2009)

By Susan

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

I was shocked. My sons wrote on my dry erase board with a permanent marker. I just wrote over it with a dry erase marker and both wiped right off.
(02/17/2009)

By Erin

Restoring a bad dry erase board

I have two boards and certain colors do not erase off of the one and nothing erases off of the other one. How do I restore the original finish to them? (02/25/2009)

By Punmaster

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

I use soft scrub with bleach and a dry paper towel on the boards at work that get permanent ink on them. Works for me. LOVE all the suggestions listed, you guys/gals are GREAT! (03/08/2009)

By karen608

Cleaning Permanent Ink Off A Dry Erase Board

I found after trying all of these things and more. Things such as nail polish and jewelry cleaner work the best. (08/30/2009)

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