Permanent marker stains are a common household mini disaster. Despite the name, permanent marker stains may sometimes be removed quite effectively. This is a guide about removing permanent marker stains.
My name is Shannon and I have found an amazing, magical, cleaning assistant. You see, I have an almost 3 year old at home who loves to get his hands on permanent markers and color on things he shouldn't. Like my antique coffee table and 2 end tables that happen to be solid wood and my favorite cherry stain color. Today, I found 3 more "drawings" he had been hiding from me all in permanent marker.
Now, I do drawings and art projects that require me to use such markers and I have them in EVERY color you could possibly think of. This time he had gone to far, he drew on all three of my tables, HIS cherry stain sleigh bed, his cherry stain dresser AND our RENTED white walls.
Frantically I called my mother to ask her what to do. She told me that at the hospital where she works at; when someone accidentally gets permanent marker on a solid surface where it doesn't belong, they just take a dry erase marker and go over the permanent marker and it comes right off. I then explained that I had NO idea how long it had been there and that it was in all different colors; but all she said is it won't hurt to try.
She said to use any dry erase marker color you have, it doesn't matter. Scribble over the permanent marker and then wipe it away with a paper towel, cloth or whatever you have and, "POOF", it's gone. She also told me that when I use it on the white wall it might leave a hint of the dry erase markers color but all you need is a wet rag or something to get that off.
To my surprise, IT WORKED! ON ALL THE SURFACES! It almost makes me want to draw on things with a sharpie just for fun. So I guess grandma saves her grandson yet again from one of his goofy mistakes.
Okay, this may sound lame but does anybody know how to get sharpie off cement? We had a few vandilizers and need help!
June 20, 2012
First, I loosen up the stain with soapy water and brush. Then, I pour fingernail polish remover over the stain and it works perfectly to remove the stain.
I was recently give a walker, which I assume is aluminum or some light weight metal. A previous owners name was written on it in what appears to be black permanent marker. There is also a sticker on it that will not peel off. Is there a way I can remove the name and sticker?
June 13, 2010
There is a product called ink away made by goo gone.
The bottle I have is 2 fl.oz. so its a small bottle. My kids got ahold of a permenent marker in my van and it took it off! I was amazed! and so relieved!
I got it at menards or lowes.
For those of you who were wondering how to get Magic Marker off walls, leather, and anything other than wood furniture, use toothpaste (not gel). Rub it in, then use a damp rag to wipe the toothpaste and magic marker away.
By castleberrycc from Saint Louis, MO
If you every need to get permanent marker off of a hard surface (folder, notebook, counter, floor, etc.), use bug spray.
By annie 1
How do I remove permanent marker off of a white board?
September 27, 2015
Write over it with white board marker then erase. If not erased, put rubbing alcohol on a paper towel and wipe.
By SandyE 1
As a teacher, once when I was preparing for a class, I used a permanent marker on the new dry eraser board. I read the marker and found EXPO's 1-800 number and called it for help. You can erase permanent marker by writing over it with another marker and wiping it off with a tissue.
The second method for removing it is EXPO Erase spray. I have removed many a nasty note (middle schoolers) from desks, chairs, and mirrors in the bathroom. It should be named Miracle Spray.
By SandyE from Battle Creek, MI
I bought some white and pink little girls onesies to add a cute little a skirt onto. They were on sale when I bought them. The store marked a black line through the fabric where the tag is in the back. Does anyone know of any kind of cleaner or home remedy that will take the mark out without ruining the fabric? Desperate!
By Sheila H.
September 23, 2011
I have used tea tree oil to remove both permanent marker and non-waterbased paint from hard surfaces, skin and fabrics. A little goes a long way, use a rag or a cotton ball to saturate the stain and absorb the ink. Once the stain is gone, use Formula 409 or other grease removal cleaner to treat the oily areas, then wash with regular laundry.
By Mandee 3
Should someone get permanent marker on your dry eraser board, there is a very simple way to fix that problem. Trace over the words or marks with a dry eraser marker, and then wipe clean. I learned this from a teacher. This tip came in handy when my 4 year old accidentally used a red permanent marker for a dry board marker.
By Mandee from Spokane, WA
I want to remove marker pen from my painted front door. Any suggestions?
By Sandra from Bristol, England
January 31, 2012
Nail polish removers will take off permanent marker. When my son was around 5 yrs. old, he decided to redo the outside of 10 kitchen cabinets with black marker! I tried scrubbing them with everything I could think of. I finally tried the nail polish remover and it took it right off without even scrubbing! But then I had to put some wax on the doors to put the shine back on.
By Frances 1
How do you remove a name written with black permanent marker from a vintage piece of Tupperware? We have tried Goof Off, Goo Gone, finger nail polish, baking soda paste, hair spray, alcohol, Barkeeper's Friend, Comet, and the name still remains. Although dull, it is still distinctly there. Any other suggestions?
By jamesf 1
Please could you help with some advice. I have a fully signed England shirt (in black permanent marker), which is great. Unfortunately at the top it's signed "to all at XXX", XXX being my work place. But I've been given it as a gift from management. Is there a way of removing the "to all at, etc." without removing any of the rest (signatures)? Thanks, much appreciated.
June 6, 2013
I have had good luck in removing sharpie from a backpack with isopropyl alcohol. There is a chance that it will take away the background color too so test it first to be sure.
By bill 1
How do we remove permanent marker from the drum of a dryer?
By Bill from Dubuque, IA
March 6, 2011
Permanent maker won't come off on clothing, the heat just keeps setting it into the metal.
By atjojo 1
I need to get permanent marker out of multi-colored comforter. Any suggestions will be appreciated.
By atjojo from OH
December 30, 2010
This may sound a little nutty. First buy a small bottle shampoo for Oily Hair. I've found that of all brands, Head and Shoulders still makes a shampoo for oily hair, yes a dandruff shampoo. The base ingredient in almost all permanent markers is oil.
Regular Plain Old Vegetable oil will remove permanent marker from any surface, including=lamp shades, antique embroidered chairs, sweat shirts, t-shirts, curtains, pretty much any fabric in my home has had permanent marker on it, when my daughter was between 3 years and 7 years. She was always sorry and it truly wasn't on purpose-well except maybe the lamp shade-she was trying to make it prettier, but all it did was make my hair stand on end, as that shade was in perfect shape, it is silk, and was my grandmother's. Arghh.
I prefer the least yellow oil that I can find. Using just a paper towel, or soft cloth (swiffer cloths work well) Then I set in to scrubbing the area with the smallest amount of oil at a time until all the marker is gone. If it's on clothing, you can just wash the clothing in your washer normally after hand scrubbing the area with the shampoo for oily hair.
With furniture, a very thin mixture of Dawn dish washing liquid & water, mixed with a bit of rubbing alcohol will pull the oily mixture right out of that piece of furniture. Trust me, I must have done this over a thousand times since having my baby-now 21 yrs, and just on Monday, she got a sharpie marker in her khaki work pants, her favorite pair.
My 2 year old got a hold of a permanent marker this morning and wrote all over my boyfriend's Xbox 360 controllers. Any ideas how to get the marker off?
By Nataley S.
June 19, 2013
Rubbing alcohol should remove most permanent market without damaging electronics. Dip a cotton ball in the Isopropyl alcohol, squeeze it out, and gently rub it on the marks. Be careful, it might also remove printing on the controller. If that fails, an acetone nail polish remove might work, but could discolor the plastic. You might want to do a test spot with a cotton swab before trying to clean the whole thing.
And make sure those permanent markers are kept out of reach!
I just bought a brand new very pale pink blouse from Lands End and my first time wearing it at work today I accidentally got black permanent marker on it. I read some suggestions here and tried hair spray first which didn't work. Then I tried rubbing alcohol and that didn't work. I just threw it in the wash after putting a ton of detergent on it. I doubt that will work. Any other suggestions?
By Jeanie H
November 24, 2012 Flag
Try "Krud Kutter". I bought a lace tablecloth at a garage sale and after I washed it, I saw red nail polish on it. I sprayed it with Krud Kutter 3 times and the red polish came out. It worked great on wood trim that had old paint on it. You might have to do it a couple of times but it works great.
If you get permanent marker on appliances/counter tops (like store receipt blue!), you can remove it with rubbing alcohol on a paper towel.
Source: My Mom
By JodiT from Aurora, CO
Help! My daughter got black permanent ink on my kitchen table. It is medium oak color. Any ideas?
May 26, 2010
My 4yr old decorated our wooden stools with black Texta. I tried toothpaste - it didn't work, hand sanitiser - didn't work, hair spray - didn't work (this is great though for Biro on velour), then Gumption. This is a paste you can buy in the cleaning section of the supermarket. It was great. Bit of rubbing required with a damp cloth and all gone.
Just take a dry erase marker and rub it over the permanent marker and wipe off.
This only works on shiny surfaces.
By Riles 1
I drew with Sharpie on my shoes, but decided I didn't like it. I tried the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser thing and it didn't work. Any suggestions?
How do I remove marker from a dryer drum?
By Janie De L.
Use a product called Goof Off. I spayed this on the marker spot and it ran off. Be sure to have a dry rag to wipe it up quickly. It's the only thing that takes it all off.
How do I remove permanent pen from leather car interior?
How do I remove Sharpie permanent marker from a door with yellow paint?
By EE from Malaysia
I have purchased several pieces of pottery from various thrift shops over the years and they insist on marking them on the bottoms where they are unglazed with permanent markers. Some of the markings are on a ceramic type of pottery as well as clay. Any suggestions on getting it off? Thanks.
I need ideas for removing gold texta (marker) from either a vinyl or leather phone cover.
By Janet W. 1
The only solution for removing permanent marker on leather furniture is spray on sun tan lotion, with SPF or not. I used Coppertone spray on with 30 SPF. Nothing else worked, not 99% alcohol, Goo Gone, leather package - all set the marker stain. Fortunately ours is a dark couch so I can follow it up with a bit of leather conditioner, Vaseline jelly, or other product which should take care of the almost unnoticeable rest. I am very glad I found this. It saved a very expensive, virtually brand new, all leather recliner from being thrown out.
My friends left a permanent marker in my dryer and I didn't notice until the dryer stopped. How can I get the permanent marker out of my dryer?
By SDA from Bluefield, WV
I played a practical joke on my girlfriend by drawing a face on her gym ball to discover to my horror that it was in fact her sister's. To make matters worse, the pen that I thought was just a dry board pen was in fact a marker and isn't coming off. I've tried sunscreen, toothpaste, nail polish remover, and my aftershave, and nothing is removing it.
Just get an eraser, get it wet and erase the mark. It worked really good for me. Hope it works for you!
How would you get out black stains from a black Magic Marker out of nylon?
By J Miller
I was able to get permanent black marker off of wood logs with Goof Off.
By Nasha 1
I need to know how to remove markers off flat painted walls.
My child drew on his car seat with a permanent marker do you know of anything that will get it off. it is my friend's son's seat, it is not even mine.
To clean permanent marker from almost anything, use non-acetone nail polish remover on a cotton ball. It even took the marker off of an antique piece with no damage. (04/05/2005)
By Mary Engeling
We used rubbing alcohol to get it off the counters at my workplace. That ought to be safe for faces. (04/06/2005)
I've tried to use tooth paste then use oxy clean. Most people don't know how to use it. You have to let it set for 30 min then wash and scrub and do again for it to work on most things. (05/06/2005)
Hair spray will dissolve permanent marker from tables, counters,etc. instantly. Then just wipe off. (05/09/2005)
The non-acetone nail polish remover worked great! it got red permanent marker out of my favorite pair of jeans. (10/30/2005)
to jennifer who 3yr old put permanent marker on her face. My 4 yr. old just did that yesterday and I used the kandoo wipes from pampers. i just took one rubbed it on her marks they came off so easy.hope it helps. (11/22/2005)
Using hair spray and rubbing alcohol worked great. I thought my carpet was ruined (02/18/2006)
I had permanent marker on a white cotton dress shirt and got it out with some advise from above, and a little of my own experimentation. I had left it for 3 days before even attempting to get the stain out. I used the non-acetone rubbing alcohol and got the majority of the stain out. It was still very visible so I took some Tide laundry detergent and let that set on the stain for about 5 minutes, rubbed the fabric together and the stain is history! Thank goodness. (02/25/2006)
Try some pures (hand sanitizer) mixed up with rubbing alcohol.That got most of my 2 year olds permanent marker artwork of my microfiber sofa ! ;O) (03/20/2006)
Non-acetone nail polish remover worked for me on my drum set. I rubbed off all the autographs so i can sell it clean. (05/08/2006)
By Rusty SHakelford
The nail polish remover worked perfect on my microfiber couch. It was a blue sharpie that my son used to draw on! (05/17/2006)
The Huggies baby wipes worked brilliantly on my one years olds face. thank you very much for advice. (05/24/2006)
A Magic Eraser and Orange Clean removed a pitch black area of permanent marker from a beige computer monitor. (06/10/2006)
By Christian Willman
Nail polish remover works GREAT on kid's toys and mirrors! Takes the marker right off! (06/25/2006)
I got permanent marker on my kitchen table and I used Deep Woods Off on it and if worked like magic! I recommend it.
I used the toothpaste trick on my wood coffee table, and it worked great. My son recently wrote on our microfiber sofa with a sharpie, so I'm about to try the nail polish and possibly the insect repellant. As far as the kid's face goes, I'd say give it a few baths. (09/12/2006)
The insect repellant works great on everything except for wood. Or maybe it just doesn't work on unfinished wood. It lightened the color of the wood when I used it. (09/16/2006)
My 2 yr. old son just decorated our hardwood side table with a green Sharpie. While I was reading to see how to get it out, my father tried Orange Clean and it worked!! (09/16/2006)
I recently was trying to wave a permanent marker to get it to work, and it splattered all over my skin and computer screen. I know it can only take time to remove it from my skin, but how do I remove it from my computer screen?
My 2 year old drew with a permanent marker pretty pictures on my husbands Xbox 360 controller! Thanks to all of your ideas I got it off before my hubby came home! Rubbing alcohol did the trick. (09/17/2006)
My daughter was making a poster for a Volleyball game using Red permanent marker which was bleeding through on the Dining room table. I noticed she was rubbing the table (and saw the stain) and to no avail it did not come out. We read the entries above and tried the Hairspray and within a minute it was gone.
Try using rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball. it should be safe on your computer screen, my hubby uses it to clean his screen, and rubbing alcohol always gets marker stains off of desk tops when I use it. (09/20/2006)
By Ann Washburn
My 2 year old drew all over his dad's brand new surround sound speakers with permanent marker. Luckily, some hairspray and the scrub side of a sponge was all it took to get it out. It took a couple sprays but after about 5 minutes the scribbles were gone. (09/22/2006)
To all of you who recommended Deep Woods Off. THANK YOU! Our family owns a lawn and garden equipment sales and service business. This afternoon, my 3-year-old was in the showroom and used a black Sharpie on one of my high dollar, commercial grade zero-turn mowers. After reading the posts, I ran up to the house, luckily had some Deep Woods Off, and it worked BEAUTIFULLY! I had to scrub a bit on the porous seat material, but the Dee Woods Off REALLY worked well. Saved me a LOT of money!
The hairspray didn't work well. It was too sticky. (09/29/2006)
My three year old just drew all over my computer LCD screen with a sharpie and we used repel insect spray and it wiped right off, no scrubbing at all. Thanks for the advice. We tried alcohol but it was taking a while and scrubbing on the screen that could have damaged it. (10/02/2006)
My 3 year old is quite the artist and she drew on her daddy's computer screen and laptop with black permanent marker! I tried the only bug spray I have: Off Skintastic for kids. It came right off no problem. Thanks for the idea Leigh. You saved Kel and myself from explaining why expensive things are more fun to draw on then pieces of paper! (10/12/2006)
My 2 year old got ahold of red sharpie and decided our flat screen computer screen would be fun to draw on! It's not even ours, we are renting to own it. I tried the rubbing alcohol and it barely got most of it off but Lysol did the trick! (11/22/2006)
I used another bug repellent (Muskol) and it also worked VERY well - one swoop with the cloth and my 30" LCD Apple Display was saved - THANK YOU ALL!!! (12/05/2006)
By Jeffrey Bell
I just returned to the office and found my 3 year old son decorating my brand new Office Desk, both printers and the rug with a navy blue Permanent marker. Before I lost my mind I googled "How do I?" and this website came up. All I can say is Thank-you everyone for the tips on the bug spray and thank you google for the response. (01/05/2007)
Couldn't get a marker to work so I shook it and "permanent" ink splattered all over my aluminum/titanium Powerbook g4 and varnished wood desktop. Unichem Conditioning Nail Polish Remover and a bit of toilet paper wiped it all off in minutes. No harm to surfaces. (01/17/2007)
I couldn't find any bug spray to get the permanent marker off of my computer screen, so I tried lysol and it worked like a charm! Thanks for all of your great tips! (01/18/2007)
My little 3 year old Princess decided to draw on my flat screen monitor. I found that nail polish remover worked like a charm. One soft swipe and it was gone! (01/20/2007)
We are putting new hard wood flooring in our home and we used permanent marker to draw for the cuts then realized we didn't need to cut the piece of wood. Nail polish remover really worked! (01/27/2007)
My son just drew all over our laptop computer screen with a ball point pen. I used nail polish remover and it worked really well. (01/29/2007)
Vinyl Erasers with gentle strokes took away the permanent marker on my laptop screen without doing any damage at all! (02/02/2007)
i use scotch bright erasers or Mr Clean, even the store bought ones work. It takes perm marker off immediately with no damage to walls or paint and no toxic odors either. (02/02/2007)
How do you get permanent marker off of wood floors, laminated wood desktop and a variety of toys?
Nonnie from Worth, IL
I am so glad first of all, not to be the only one with a child that likes to write on everything. My Son decided that he wanted to write not only on my desk but the keyboard and monitor. The monitor was easy I just used windex, but the nailpolish remover really worked on the keyboard. THANKS (02/04/2007)
I to have experienced the infamous 2 year old with a permanent marker. I tried everything I could think of around the house. Hair spray, nail polish remover, all kinds of cleaners. Then discovered the greatest thing in the world, brake or carb cleaner. Every parts store carries it, most men have it laying around. Smells strong but removes sharpie and permanent marker with no scrubbing. (02/07/2007)
Hate to say.. I tried almost everything everyone has said to try.. Unless the stain is fresh it won't come off. My son's girlfriend wrote on his car's gray dashboard with black permanent marker... well he didn't tell me upfront (tried to fix it himself). Now the stain has set and won't come off, unless there is a miracle cure out there... get the stain while its fresh. (03/04/2007)
We have a new dining room table, cherry wood grain, with four Sharpie marks from my artist daughter. Worried about the wood finish and thinking it was all over for her rear end, I read the notes here and tried a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol on it. IT WORKED great and I followed with a good rinsing. Our daughter now owes $10 for pain and suffering but I think her bottom will survive! (03/15/2007)
We purchased a "new to us" car this past weekend and one of our foster kids accidentally marked the seats and the back of the seat with a permanent marker. (I did not know she had the markers). We have read a lot about getting permanent markers out of clothes the top runner appears to be hairspray. Which we are going to try. Does anyone have any other suggestions since we can't just throw it in the wash after treating it?
Heidi from Port Orchard, WA
Goo gone has worked for me. (03/21/2007)
My daughter used a Sharpie to draw on the floor and desk. I immediately went to the Sharpie website and learned (common sense) to treat the stain asap. We used Windex on our laminate floors and walnut (my grandfather's) desk. Worked instantly! Thank you, Windex!! What a relief. (03/21/2007)
My little artist daughter "drew" on our beige carpet with black pemanent marker. My husband suggested wd-40. I sprayed it on and kept blotting with a clean, white cloth. It worked great. Be careful not to rub or it will spread the color around. I have also used Awesome, found at most dollar stores, to remove marker from wood furniture, and laminate floors. HTH. (03/22/2007)
I have gotten permanant marker stains off the wall using Mr. Clean magic scrubber. (03/22/2007)
Thanks to all who posted on this topic. A blue sharpie marker fell on my tan microfiber couch and remained there for about an hour. I panicked and put SHOUT! stain remover on it, and proceded to scrub it with the attached brush, pour water on it... BAD MOVE; the stain expanded tremendously. Some tricks from this site that worked well
(and how I would approach it in the future):
1. Have a drink ... you've got plenty of time, but will need patience.
2. Obtain NAILPOLISH REMOVER (acetone or methyl acetate work equally well) If you can, purchase "POLISH OFF" or equivalent presoaked nail polish remover pads. Purchase DEEP WOODS OFF.
2b. STAY AWAY FROM VISCOUS SOLVENTS (SHOUT, PURELL) they may work well on walls , but will prolong your agony on microfiber. Also AVOID SCRUB BRUSHES.
3. Obtain more paper toweling than you think you will need (6rolls?)
4. PROTECT SURROUNDING CUSHIONS etc. WITH old TOWELS
5. Place a nailpolish remover pad on the stain and remove.
The ink should begin to loosen/dissolve. BLOT GENTLY with paper towel ONCE, move paper towel to a clean section, BLOT GENTLY AGAIN. Repeat these two procedures until your stain is out.
IF YOU MUST RUB THE STAIN, MAKE SMALL MOVES TOWARD THE CENTER OF THE STAIN to avoid spreading it.
6. If you need to step it up, soak a paper towel in acetone (NailPolishRemover) and place it on the stain. BLOT dry with a single paper towel, repeat. Pulling gently on adjacent material to make the surface taut will help.
7. DEEP WOODS OFF works great for finishing touches. SATURATE area generously and BLOT with paper towels. At this point you should be able to RUB a little bit - in ONE direction toward the stain. Once the paper towel has absorbed the stain RESIST the urge to reuse it. ALWAYS turn to a clean area of the paper towel to avoid speading the ink.
8. If you need a break, stop working, get some fresh air and let the stuff dry. I was able to remove this stain in four sessions [20 min each] over 48hours.
WARNINGS: do not smoke while you are doing this -flammable***
open a window for ventilation****
Also, if you can unzip your cushion cover, i would suggest placing a towel, or plastic panel [maybe a smooth cutting board] to separate the microfiber from the underlying cushion and prevent re-staining the cover material while providing some tension to reduce wrinkles and creases.
GOOD LUCK and thanks again to previous posters.
I used a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to remove permanment marker from my leather sofa. My 3 year old marks on everything. I tried a generic one but it didn't do the job. Good Luck! (04/15/2007)
By Vickie B.
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Some moron decided to write all over my car last night with permanent marker in my apt complex parking lot. I was quite distraught when I saw my car. I read this post and went to the store and bought the pad version of Deep Woods Off. Simply amazing. The marker just wiped off without any pressure applied. Thanks a million guys! (10/06/2006)
I would try WD-40. (04/17/2007)
Using Finger Nail Polish Remover on my velvet microfiber couch worked wonders. It came right off. Afterward I just used my carpet cleaner tool attachment to rinse out the smell. I am so grateful! I am sure that my 3 year old son thanks you too. (04/24/2007)
Anything with alcohol in it works
My mother got the bright idea to leave a post-it note on my monitor and wrote it with permanent marker, it bled through to my LCD. The vinyl eraser method worked excellent. I just used one I had from a mechanical pencil I had sitting on my desk, with light strokes. It left a bit of residue but nothing a little drop of water won't remove. (04/27/2007)
My daughter just scribbled all over our keyboard with a dry erase marker. I assumed it would rub off because it wasn't permanent. WRONG. I started with a wet wipe. Didn't work. I then moved to nail polish remover and scrubbed at it and it only smudged it. I'm assuming that key boards have a protective film on the keys to protect them since it's a highly dirty zone. I can tell that the nail polish remover dissolved part of the layer because of the texture you can now feel on the keys. I'm also noticing that the letters themselves on the keys are also lighter. Any suggestions? (04/30/2007)
My son got black permanent marker (Sharpie) on our white kitchen cabinets. I tried Goof Off and all it did was turn the black to blue. Next I tried Windex which only worked a little bit and only if I scrubbed and scratched at it. So next I tried a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and it came right off!! Just like magic!(05/02/2007)
My 6yr old used blue sharpie to my LCD screen. I was freaking out as my hubby would kill me if he found out! I am out of alcohol and screen cleaner didn't work. Saw someone say something about an eraser. Picked up the pencil on my desk, gave it a swipe and off it came! So simple and so anxiety relieving! Whoever posted that, THANKS!
Also to all those w/ crayon trouble, Magic Erasers are the bomb! They take it up every time. With a 4 and 6yr old with major art skills we never go without any in the house. I swear these things take off almost anything. (05/06/2007)
Wow! I went with the Magic Eraser idea - I happened to have the Scotch Bright version - it worked great on my daughters laminate headboard! Didn't know those things were so handy! I've had them for a year and barely used them. (05/12/2007)
By Roxanne Mannello
Amazing! A simple white eraser wiped away a Sharpe fine point marker from plastic. Thanks folks for your helpful posts. (06/01/2007)
I am sitting at the computer with my 2 year old daughter. While reading something she grabs the permanent marker and goes to work on the wood desk. I googled "removing permanent marker" and found this. Thank you - the eraser was a life saver. I didn't want to hear what the husband would have to say about that.
Thank you! (06/20/2007)
My 2-yr old just took a black perm marker to our brown leather sofa! Found this forum and tried several recommended remedies with limited success. Then after just a few applications of WD40 - it's all gone!
Thanks for your help. (07/09/2007)
My 2yr. old son was suspiciously quiet in the dining room ~~ no wonder ~~ he was using a black sharpie marker to color my laptop screen! I used an eraser to get it off (suggestion found here) and then dampened a paper towel with a little Lysol all purpose cleaner and wiped it off to remove the smudges and eraser residue! It's clean as a whistle. Thanks!
(b)Editor's Note:(/b) Yes, it's always a problem when they are too quiet : )
We just removed Sharpie from an LCD monitor and a laptop screen using WD40 on some paper towel. (07/13/2007)
Little girl took a red sharpie to my flat panel and the walls, a pencil eraser and WD-40 worked for flat panel but had to use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser for the walls. The only quirk to using a magic eraser on the wall for certain crayons and sharpies is that you have to scrub hard and long and it ends up taking some of the paint off. My whole house has light circles on every wall from her art work. 8-)
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Huh - got a thick long black sharpie line off my laptop screen with a simple pencil eraser. Wow. Thanks! (08/30/2007)
It's so funny that 2-4 year olds cause damage with sharpies. Mine just did on my computer desk too. Eraser worked like a charm. Thank you. (09/04/2007)
Jif gets it off really, really easy. (09/04/2007)
My two year old colored our wood and stone coffee table with red, blue and green sharpies. The eraser worked wonders on the wood and non-acetone polish remover worked great on the stone top. Thanks to everyone for the advice! (09/12/2007)
I accidentally put a bit of CD pen on my computer and when I rubbed on RID (insect repellent) it came right off! (09/13/2007)
I first tried using acetone, but that didn't work and decided to go to ask.com and see what help I could get and boy that eraser worked just fine for me. Thanks all again. (09/20/2007)
My mother got permanent marker exploded on her Cell phone so, I took some of my repellent and sprayed on a cloth and wiped, and it went right off by wiping. (09/23/2007)
Thank you everyone! After my 2 year old drew on my brand new LCD computer screen, I freaked out. Luckily I still could see through the marker to read this post! Hairspray worked like a charm! I used Lysol to clean the hairspray residue off, and VOILA. Brand new again. Thank you so so so much. (10/01/2007)
By Valerie E
Hairspray didn't work for me, then I scrolled down, saw someone suggested insect repellent, tried, and Voilla!
Thank you everyone!
You gotta love the Internet! (10/03/2007)
My 2 year old son wrote all over my brand new dining room table chairs and I tried the brake fluid and it worked. Thanks a lot guys for the info! (10/06/2007)
My 2yr old son decided to sharpie my 19" LCD Monitor, and Windex/Glass Cleaner seemed to work on it, but it left A LOT on it still, I used an Eraser, and BAM, it removed all of it, and I used the Glass Cleaner to remove the Eraser marks. (10/10/2007)
By Todd G
Why is it always the 2 year olds? (10/16/2007)
So here I am, on a cleaning tips web page. Really I never thought that I would be doing this. My eleven year old son, occupation?; Domestic Terrorist! His mission? Draw a landing strip for incoming airplanes on our cinema screen. We have a nice home, our entertainment is a home cinema, we don't have a TV. We watch movies on a 3 meter pull down screen. Cool as milk you say, indeed! Permanent Marker, plenty color and really permanent. React quick i hear you say, but it was eight hours later before it was discovered, so it is really really permanent. I have tried everything, but no luck.
Now I could always put my son up for adoption, but I'm still left with the permanent Marker.
Does anybody know how the toothpaste thing works, or the WD 40. As you can imagine I don't want to destroy the screen. The manufacturers advice is, Firstly do not use permanent marker on screen, then it advises that light stains can be cleaned with soap and water. I have tried alcohol and after about an hour, it's a little lighter but still strong. I have tried Cilit Bang, nothing. I have tried white spirits, but no joy.
So before I release the terrorist, does anybody have anything in the way of advice? (10/21/2007)
By De Ranged Pop
When I read all this I thought, an eraser, eraser.Yup it worked! My daughter wrote on my brand new wood dinning table w/ a permanent marker. I'm so happy =) (10/23/2007)
My friend's 1 year old daughter decided to draw a pretty little picture ON THE COMPUTER SCREEN! I didn't notice it for at least an hour but when I did I started freaking out so I decided to google how to get it off and found this. Windex is a miracle. Thanks so much! (10/28/2007)
I Had Permanent Marker On My Computer Screen And I Used ShockWaves Hairspray And It Came Off In Seconds!
TRY IT! (11/06/2007)
I removed permanent marker from my laminate counter with just an ordinary school eraser. One spot was quite dark and only lightened up but then I dampened the area with a rag and the moist eraser totally cleaned the remainder up SUCCESSFULLY! (11/07/2007)
I use spray deodorant, it works really well (11/11/2007)
My 6 yr old accidentally touched the LCD screen while her nail polish was still wet. I tried soap, detergent, and LCD cleaner each separately. I could get some of it out, but most of it still remains. I see suggestions on 50/50 isopropyl/water and non-acetone polish remover. But I am worried about damaging the plastic coat of the screen. Please suggest to me what to do. Thanks.
OK I have tried the eraser and the rubbing alcohol on my floors, to remove the permanent marker but there is still a light like purplish color on there. Anymore suggestions you could give me to get the rest of it out? Please I need some help! My husband will blow if he sees how bad it really is.
Heather from Terre Haute, IN
My 3 year old nephew decided to take a black sharpie to the front door. I sprayed a little Windex on it and used the magic eraser and a ton of elbow grease and it came off in about 20 min. (11/20/2007)
Wow! The eraser really works! Sharpie pen mark came right off my monitor! Thanks. (11/21/2007)
Tried the nail polish remover on my jeans, didn't work too well. I then tried the bug spray and it worked great. (12/02/2007)
Wow I was reading this thread and decided "What the heck. I'll give it a try" I picked up a pencil and viola the permanent marker that my cousin had written on the desk with is gone. A word of advice though. If you have a large stain and not just a small streak then I suggest cleaning the eraser on a piece of paper every once in a while. The marker stains the eraser and if you use it for to long without cleaning it off then it will just start to smear the marker. So just take some paper and "Erase" on it until the marker stained part has been rubbed off. (12/06/2007)
I got a little streak of permanent marker off of my Samsung computer monitor with a regular pencil eraser. It came right off in seconds!
Thanks. My granddaughter used a permanent marker on my Dell computer monitor. She also used a pen previously on the same monitor. I used a regular pencil eraser, and they both came off!
A pencil eraser really does work. I just tried it now. Amazing. (01/03/2008)
By Yomiko Readman
I tried a pencil-top eraser and that worked much, much better. However, I found that a PaperMate brand eraser works far better than a Staples brand eraser. I needed to press a lot harder on the screen when using the Staples brand eraser to get the same results; something you don't want when pressing on an lcd screen. (01/05/2008)
I was removing Sharpie brand permanent marker from my backpack. I believe the fabric is called cordura. The Rubbing Alcohol sort of worked but made the marker bleed more than anything. Then I tried some WD-40 and it worked like a charm!
I have used with great success regular paste toothpaste and and a toothbrush. It took it right off. Hope that helps. (01/11/2008)
After reading this, I tried it all and nothing worked at all. So my husband brought me a can of Carb and Choke Cleaner from the garage and it worked like magic. The marker stain melted of the wall which by the way was textured wallpaper. So this is the stuff to use. (01/24/2008)
My two year old son used a permanent marker on my desk, keyboard, and two 19" LCDs. It took two pencil erasers to clean the screens and keyboard up. I also used anti static cleaning wipes on the screen that cleaned up the smudges from the eraser. (01/28/2008)
My 2 year old found a blue sharpie and colored the linoleum floor, all over! I began with Spot Shot, then moved to the pencil eraser, then WD-40, then the Magic Eraser (that was working but taking FOREVER), then OFF insect repellent. I wish I would have started with the OFF first. I can see I'll need a few more coats of the OFF but that was a dream in comparison. Unfortunately she got a little too close to the nearly white carpet and drew a couple of 4 inch lines. With the help of the carpet steamer it looks much better but unfortunately not perfect. You gotta love 2 year olds! (01/29/2008)
By love sharpies!
To remove from a monitor screen:
Color over the permanent marker with a dry erase marker. Then wipe off the dry erase marker. It should take it off. (01/30/2008)
MY 2 1/2 year old got a hold of a sharpie black pen and use my 20inch LCD as his art mat. After doing the typical soap and water I read this and found that "Off Deep Woods" spray was the best and didn't even hurt my monitor.
Try acetone. It works best. (02/11/2008)
OMG, the dry erase marker worked like magic! Thank You! (02/13/2008)
How do I remove Sharpie ink from my computer flat screen and keyboard?
AngryGrandma from Alpine, CA
I removed Sharpie ink from a computer screen with a dry white "magic" sponge with gentle rubbing. No ink left and no scratches. Very happy about this. (03/12/2008)
When I became supervisor at a job the computer monitor had permanent marker all over it. I used a pencil eraser and some nail polish remover and it came right off. (03/16/2008)
All over the glass front doors at our church, there was graffiti in permanent marker. I searched "removing permanent marker" and found all these great tips. I love Magic Erasers, but was worried about using one on glass. I tried a pencil eraser and it works great. Thanks for all the great tips. (03/17/2008)
I awoke one morning to find permanent marker all over my wood desk, and all over my monitor I uses several of things and Magic eraser "does not work". So I tried CLR, Vim with bleach and it basically surface touched it, but to completely get it off my mom tried bleach and what do you know it works.
Now my son isn't in big trouble with his dad.
Tabaitha G from
Calgary, AB CANADA (03/20/2008)
By Tabaitha G
Thanks. I needed to get the Sharpie stains off a plastic surface in my home and within second I got it off using nail polish remover. It really works. (03/27/2008)
Just had some "vandals" right profanity on our mailbox in red Sharpie. Used Orange Goop mechanics oil and it came off in about 10 seconds. (05/02/2008)
I got permanent marker on my best friend's laptop and toothpaste worked. You are a life saver. Thanks. (05/19/2008)
I just wanted to say that if you have a normal monitor, not a flat screen I know how to get it off. I did it just then, literally. I was tracing something on the screen with what I thought was a dried out permanent marker. When It left this really bad mark.
So I got a drop of dishwashing liquid on a tissue, dabbed it on the screen, wiped with slightly damp cloth, wiped dry with tissue, repeated 2x ( took me under 30 secs to get it all off) and viola! My screen is clean again.
Hope I helped.
Wow. Incredible. I accidentally wrote the wrong subject title on my son's plastic colored folder last night. I read the posts. I ran and got the Crest white toothpaste and with the tip of my sponge and a little pressure. It came all off. It's funny how excited I got over the ink coming off. A+ for this wonderful tip. (08/16/2008)
Just so you know, you can also use alcohol, too, but let me warn you, if its something small, dip a Q-tip in the alcohol and rub it on the item then dry it. If its something big, put some alcohol on a rag, then wipe it off. It works great on hardwood floors. (10/12/2008)
Use hand sanitizer. It works on dry erase boards. (10/18/2008)
While I wouldn't necessarily recommend it for every surface, acetone works great for removing permanent marker ink from grease boards. Acetone is what's used for cleaning PVC, which is what the surface of a grease board basically is. It is available at Walmart in the paint section. (11/04/2008)
By Sam M.
Isopropyl alcohol worked very well at removing sharpie mark from LCD computer screen. Just one wipe, and it was gone.
Use perfume or cologne. (12/28/2008)
How can you get permanent marker off plastic folders?
By bebeerg54 from FL
Try rubbing alcohol. (08/22/2009)
You might try a "Magic Eraser". But test it first, as it might scratch the plastic.
Or you might try the cleaner for the dry erase boards. I don't know if this will work or not, though. I've never tried it on permanent marker. I know that acetone will take it off, but it also melts plastic. (08/26/2009)
My little brother just wrote his alphabet letters all over my fiance's keyboard in permanent pink marker. I am going to try the Magic Eraser as soon as I can, but I don't have one right now. Is there anything I should do meanwhile?
By Brittany from MN
Saturate a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol and try to wipe the marker off. If that doesn't work try nail polish remover. (12/24/2009)
Try using a wet soapy SOS pad. This works for me. (12/25/2009)
Gel hand sanitizer, like Purell, has worked for me. (12/25/2009)
You can use nail enamel remover. It always work for me. (01/17/2010)