Permanent Marker on a Wood Table

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!

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July 10, 20091 found this helpful
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I just found that my daughter about 2 hours ago had accidentally marked on our hard wood table! I used toothpaste with baking soda and in 2 minutes it was gone. I let the toothpaste set on it for about 10 seconds, then took a dry, clean rag and rubbed it in a circular motion. It did not totally come off the first time, but it did come off little by little and after the 3rd time it was gone! Hope this helps! I was so excited! :)

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October 1, 20160 found this helpful

The toothpaste trick just rescued our white lacquered dressing table my daughter drew on with marker pen. Tried everything else to no availe but the toothpaste worked in seconds, amazing thank god I found this tip!!

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June 13, 20100 found this helpful
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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.

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March 4, 20160 found this helpful

Nail polish remover is often made of acetone and that will eat away the varnish. It is much too harsh to use on a table top.

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March 28, 20160 found this helpful

Tried it it does not work

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September 15, 20160 found this helpful

Took my varnish off right away

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October 24, 20160 found this helpful

Do not use nail polish remover! My daughter spilled some on our finished wood table and it removed the finish down to the bare wood. Try the toothpaste and baking soda method--no damage to the finish of the table

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November 15, 20160 found this helpful

worked perfectly and then I re-polished with lemon oil!!

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November 22, 20160 found this helpful
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Amazing! Got black sharpie on my brand new hardwood floor and toothpaste removed it easily! Thank you!

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December 30, 20120 found this helpful
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I used a Magic Eraser and it worked well.

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February 12, 20100 found this helpful

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.

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March 22, 20100 found this helpful

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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August 2, 20100 found this helpful

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!!

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August 22, 20100 found this helpful

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.

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June 17, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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March 29, 20160 found this helpful

Managed to get some on my desk at work (very fussy boss so panicked!) I used hand soap and a damp wad of toilet tissue, got the majority off can barely see it. Probably good in an emergency like mine when you don't have toothpaste at hand!

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April 23, 20160 found this helpful

Ceramabryte works great and keeps your finish. Permanent marker came off in seconds.

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May 14, 20160 found this helpful

Use toothpaste and baking soda

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June 15, 20160 found this helpful

Try putting isopropyl alcohol on a magic eraser and rub. Then remove the rub spots with mayo.

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July 6, 20160 found this helpful

You can use love's baby soft body spray/perfume to spray it, then just wipe it off with a towel. It works so well

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December 30, 20160 found this helpful

I had hot pink Sharpie on my 2 month old dining room table! Good off (Goo gone) didn't work, magic eraser didn't work, WD40 didn't work, no way am I putting nail polish remover on anything new ever. Tried toothpaste. Crest 3D white didn't work, but Colgate Optic white platinum worked perfectly. My daughter can come out of her room now!

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