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Removing Permanent Ink from a Table

My daughter got black permanent ink on my kitchen table. It is medium oak color. Any ideas?


Removing Permanent Ink from a Table

I know toothpaste gets ink out of fabric. Maybe try it with your table.


Good Luck! (06/06/2004)

By Lee-Ann

Removing Permanent Ink from a Table

I've heard that rubbing alcohol gets permanent marker off. I'd test it on an inconspicuous spot of the table first. (06/06/2004)

By Rennie

Removing Permanent Ink from a Table

Two products which should be available in stores like Wal-Mart are OOPS and GOO Gone. (06/07/2004)

By Linda

Removing Permanent Ink from a Table

Thanks for the tip. I used toothpaste to remove black marker off my dining room table and it really works! (06/22/2004)

By Deborah

Removing Permanent Ink from a Table

Alcohol did the trick. Two months ago I refinished our dining room table with Minwax Polyurethane. My daughter got Sharpie permanent marker on it right in the middle of the table.

Formula 409 did nothing, toothpaste did nothing, but rubbing alcohol took it off with minimal effort and did not damage the finish. (09/15/2004)

By Paul Barry

Removing Permanent Ink from a Table

Toothpaste just got Sharpie off my kitchen table. Wow! (12/30/2004)

By Jaye

Removing Permanent Ink from a Table

I just tried the toothpaste and the rubbing alcohol after my daughter got black permanent marker all over an expensive desk and my computer screen. The toothpaste works, but takes some effort and did damage the surface. The rubbing alcohol worked amazingly better. It took no effort and didn't scratch the surface. (01/09/2005)

By Angela

Removing Permanent Ink from a Table

Just used toothpaste to remove permanent marker from my Teak dining room table and it worked a treat. (02/06/2005)

By Andy

Removing Permanent Ink from a Table

I used Windex to get it off my monitor screen. I had to rub real hard but it came off. (08/11/2005)

By Rob

Removing Permanent Ink from a Table

If you have permanent marker (like a Sharpie) marks all over something, you can easily remove it if it is a smooth surface, like appliances, glass, tables, etc, by using a dry erase marker. Take your dry erase marker and write over it, let it sit a minute, then use a dry erase marker, or better yet, a Mr. Clean Magic eraser and erase it. The chemicals in the dry erase marker breaks down that in the sharpie, so it can easily be erased. I work for a Public School, and we are all the time having this same issue happen. Hope this helps! (08/20/2005)


By jenjoejace

Removing Permanent Ink from a Table

Didn't know how to execute the toothpaste advise, but the alcohol worked great with a bit of elbow grease. Thanks! (10/27/2005)

By Big muffin

Removing Permanent Ink from a Table

My 2 yr. old son just "drawed" on our brand new wooden table with a blue Sharpie permanent marker. I tried 409, Dish soap, and baby wipes. Then I found this site. I didn't have baking soda (just moved into our new house) or rubbing alcohol. I tried the toothpaste. It took 6 or 7 times. I put on Aquafresh Whitening Expressions toothpaste and rubbed it in with a soft toothbrush. I let that sit for about 5 minutes each time and then scrubbed with a rough sponge. After about 6 or 7 rounds of this, our table is clean again. There is just the faintest blue left in the deep cracks, but you can only tell if you're looking! Thanks everybody! (06/12/2006)

By Leah

Removing Permanent Ink from a Table

Several years ago, when my daughter was one, she got hold of a permanent marker and wrote all over, in big huge swirls, my brand new sofa. I cried hysterically for twenty minutes, then got on the internet. I used rubbing alcohol and that sofa looked brand new in minutes. Same sofa lasted six years and only recently got the boot, only due to too much dog usage.

Today the same daughter used a permanent marker to write on paper and it went through, ruining our wood table. I tried the rubbing alcohol but it didn't seem to do much good. After reading this about "elbow grease", I tried again. Brand new. I also used the alcohol to get some other stains off the table. It worked on two others. Thanks, all. (07/16/2006)

By Annie

Removing Permanent Ink from a computer screen

Thank God for rubbing alcohol. It came right off. (02/18/2007)

By Mary

Removing Permanent Ink from a Table

The tip about toothpaste is excellent. Don't worry about needing alcohol. The toothpaste alone took care of our son's handy artwork on our dinning room table. (03/03/2008)

By Turk

Removing Permanent Ink from a Table

We couldn't get it to work with just the toothpaste, but the rubbing alcohol and a little elbow grease took the permanent marker right out of my son's headboard. (06/29/2008)

By Cate

Removing Permanent Ink from a Table

I was cooking my dinner one night after I got home from work and noticed that there was permanent marker ink on my mom's 100 year old dining room table. I immediately got online and found the website which said use toothpaste and rubbing alcohol. It worked GREAT! The marks are out of the table. Thank Goodness! Thank you so much for this great tip! (07/10/2008)

By Hayley

Removing Permanent Ink from a Table

You're great, toothpaste really works! You saved my table, thanks! (12/13/2008)

By chris

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