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Does anyone know a safe way to remove permanent black marker (sharpie) from a wooden dining room table? I have read that nail polish remover works but worry that it will destroy the finish on the table. Thanks!

sebmoy

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antibacterial hand gel 03/05/2005
Try antibacterial hand gel. Put it on stain, allow to sit for 5 min or so, then rub off with soft cloth. I've used this on all kinds of stains and surfaces with great results. It does not damage any surface that I've used it on.
By jeangnome46
Hairspray 05/02/2005
Hairspray will dissolve it instantly, then just wipe off. It did not damage finish on table but always try on inconspicuous place first.
By Glenn Lohndorf (Guest Post)
Permanent marker on dining room table. 05/26/2005
I used M30 Stain Remover (can get at Dollar General for $1!). I let it set for a while - the longer the better, and then wiped with a damp cloth.
By C Schryer (Guest Post)
Mr. Clean Magic Eraser 05/31/2005
I had black permanent marker on my oak, light colored, dining room table. I tried everything I could think of to get it off. The only thing that worked was Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. One swipe and it took the marker right off. Try it!
By Alicia (Guest Post)
Toothpaste and Baking 10/01/2005
I used toothpaste, whitening with baking soda if you want to know, when i got permanent marker on my laptop screen! (a very fragile surface) I used a q-tip and a tiny dab and lightly rub it in circles until it came clean. Worked perfectly and didn't damage my screen!
By Sam (Guest Post)
Toothpaste 10/24/2005
A black permanent marker exploded all over the linoleum kitchen floor, I used toothpaste and an old toothbrush and it worked great! Thanks!
By (Guest Post)
Permanent marker on dining room table. 11/23/2005
Wow unbelievable I love the internet and this site. Toothpaste removed black permanent marker from my new oak table. Thank you to all of you who posted.
By Willo (Guest Post)
Permanent marker on dining room table. 12/22/2005
Well I was looking for a way to get permanent marker of a classic car chrome bumper. My seven year old decided to color all over it. I didn't see anything for cars so I just tried the tooth paste. It worked wonders. You can't even tell he did it.
By Brianne (Guest Post)
Office White Board 02/07/2006
Excellent! Office white board was written on with a permanent marker. With Sensodyne toothpaste it became perfectly white again and the office smells nice and fresh as well!
By Paz
TOOTHPASTE OR HAIRSPRAY DOES NOT WORK! 02/22/2006
I used magic eraser on it and it took A LOT of hard scrubbing to get it off! People should not post things if they don't work!

(b)Editor's Note: Dining room table surfaces can all be different, so what works on one, may not on another. Also, the length of time the marker has been on the surface can make a difference.(/b)

By Becky (Guest Post)
Mr. Clean Eraser 03/15/2006
WOW, THANK YOU ALL!
I used toothpaste since I didn't have the Mr. Clean Eraser (which I will now go buy and keep in stock around here) and it worked! Not right away though, I scrubbed it with windex not knowing what to use first and that didn't work, went to internet and read this then tried toothpaste and scrubbed and it didn't look to be working so I left it on there for a few minutes, went back and scrubbed some more and it went away after letting it sit 2 more times.
But it's GONE! THANK YOU for SAVING MY BIG NEW NICE TABLE!
By Kristina (Guest Post)
Toothpaste Worked 03/28/2006
I wasn't sure this would work, but tried toothpaste on our $700 office desk that had been colored on by our 3 year old. It came right off with some gentle scrubbing. Thanks for the cleaning tip.
By melanie (Guest Post)
Permanent marker on dining room table. 03/28/2006
Mr. Clean eraser worked beautiful! Thank you, thank you!
By misspoodle (Guest Post)
Permanent marker on dining room table. 04/04/2006
Believe it or not.
The toothpaste worked on my $1000 LCD Monitor too.
By RG (Guest Post)
Permanent marker on LCD 04/07/2006
My wife traced an image w/ permanent sharpie on LCD. I quickly searched web for solution and came to this page. Toothpaste, rubbed gently on and off, can clean perm. marker off LCD!
Brilliant! Thanks for help!
By JB (Guest Post)
Toothpaste Worked 04/15/2006
My three year old marked our oak table with a permanent marker. I was so upset! I tried all kinds of cleaners, but none worked. I'm so thankful for the toothpaste suggestion. It worked great. I let it set for about 15 minutes then wiped it clean with a wet washcloth. Thanks!
By susan (Guest Post)
Toothpaste 04/20/2006
I can't believe it!!! Sharpie on our brand new kitchen table (actually our 2nd brand new table, after the first one came in damaged...) and I didn't have the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, so I got out some of the kids toothpaste and scrubbed it in - the marker is absolutely gone after 30 seconds! (it had only been on since this a.m.), but still - amazing! Thank you so much!
By amy (Guest Post)
Toothpaste Worked 04/30/2006
The toothpaste worked! My 3 year old marked on my oak table. I came to this site, put the toothpaste on the table, let it sit for about 3 minutes, scrubbed, and the mark was gone! Thanks!
By Olivia (Guest Post)
Mr. Clean Magic Eraser 05/02/2006
I was using a permanent marker to frame a black square within the frame (a cheap lazy way to do it) The frame was already painted metallic gold, I used the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and it came off perfectly without removing the gold metallic paint, yay!
By (Guest Post)
Rubbing Alcohol 05/06/2006
If its safe for the surface (not sure what your finish is) plain old rubbing alcohol will take it out. Also takes it out of fabric (soak if possible, if not blot and dab until the cloth is clean). We have a LOT of permanent marker accidents in this house. LOTS. Works every time and I haven't had a problem yet.
By jamie sue (Guest Post)
Toothpaste 05/14/2006
My 6 year-old was making a mother's day card for his grandma on our new oak dining room table with a BLUE permanent marker and got it all over (my dumb idea to not put newspaper down!) I saw this posting, tried the toothpaste (Tom's of Maine toothpaste), let it set for 15 minutes, rubbed it gently with a scrubby, and VOILA! Table is beautiful again! I'm so glad I came to this site. Thanks a million!
By mayalk (Guest Post)

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