My 3 year old son recently found a permanent marker in our kitchen. To my surprise he had colored on our new, real wood table and hid his amazing master pieces under the place mats. I would love to get the marker off of the table with out taking off the varnish. I have tried hairspray and magic erasers with no luck. Please help!
By sskaufdog from Centerton, AR
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I used a Magic Eraser and it worked well.
My daughter used black permanent marker on our wood table we got from the in laws this last Christmas. Figured my husband was going to kill me, but I used Equate finger nail polish remover. The marker sat for about 10 minutes. Rub very gentle to not ruin the wood and comes off like magic.
My daughter got five or six different colors of Sharpie on the oak diningroom table. I tries dry erase, pink eraser, different cleaners, toothpaste, and a pencil eraser. Orange hand cleaner worked like a charm. I let it sit for 20 seconds and wiped it off with a paper towel. The ink had dried for a few days before I had found it.
By laura cross08/02/2010
I just had a black permanent marker explode all over my counter and hard wood floor. Google brought me here, I tried the Mentadent suggestion, and it completely got rid of the ink. Thank you!!
To all: look no further, the easy solution is a bit of nail polish remover. Comes off in a second. Not too much will not harm the polish a bit.
My grandson wrote with permanent marker on my wall and I used hand sanitizer and it came right off. Maybe it will work for you.
I signed up just to inform you all that the mentadent toothpaste worked on my wood table that my son marked on w/ black Sharpie. It just happened about 1 hour ago. I let it sit for about 30 minutes. I wet an old tooth brush that I use for cleaning just a little bit. and scrubbed. It came off after just a few scrubbings. I'm very excited that my table looks like it did prior to him marking it
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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! |
|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.|
|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)|
|RE: 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)|
|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)|
|RE: 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)|
|RE: 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!|
|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)|
|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)|
|RE: Permanent marker on dining room table.||03/28/2006|
|Mr. Clean eraser worked beautiful! Thank you, thank you!|
|By misspoodle (Guest Post)|
|RE: 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)|
|RE: 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)|
|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)|
|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)|
|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)|
|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)|
|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)|
I need major help. I wrote with black and green permanent marker on a wooden table with varnish and I need to get it out. If I don't, my teacher will send me to the office and I will get in trouble. I can't remove the varnish either. Please help.
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