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Removing Permanent Ink (Sharpie) from a Computer Screen

A Sharpie marker with its lid off.

It can be difficult to remove Sharpie from your computer screen. Abrasive clothes and certain cleaners cannot be used on your screen. This is a guide about removing permanent ink from a computer screen.



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Question: Permanent Marker on Computer Monitor Screen

My 3 year old daughter decided to get artistic with a black Sharpie permanent marker! I freaked because it was on a LCD computer monitor which has a plastic screen. After reading some of the suggestions, I tried non-acetone nail polish remover. Much to my surprise and relief, it removed it completely and did no damage to the screen. If you have a similar situation, try using non-acetone nail polish remover and you won't be disappointed!

Source: Primarily from your website, but there wasn't any specific posts stating non-acetone nail polish remover as being used and being 100% successful.

By gta67 from Missouri

Editor's Note: Test a small corner first before cleaning the entire monitor.

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By Billy S.05/25/2013

Magic Eraser seems to work rather well with no apparent damage to the computer screen.

Question: Cleaning Sharpie Off Laptop Screen and Touchpad

My 4yr old sister put brown Sharpie on my movable mouse that's built in my laptop and on my screen. Please help!

By Jaun

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By Frugal Sunnie04/08/2013

Nail varnish/lacquer/polish remover containing acetone will usually get Sharpie off. Be sure to test in a small, inconspicuous area in case it removes the finish along with the Sharpie.

Rubbing alcohol (non-mentholated) will usually work too. Again, test a small area first.


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Archive: Permanent Marker On Computer Monitor Screen

I have permanent black marker on computer monitor screen. What is the best thing to use to clean it off?

Susan from Buffalo, NY

RE: Permanent Marker On Computer Monitor Screen

Rubbing alcohol that comes in those single paks kinda like a handy wipe. I work in a grocery store that has the new computer screens and that is all we are allowed to use. Cleans up beautifully. (10/06/2006)

By Laurie

RE: Permanent Marker On Computer Monitor Screen

Alcohol should work as long as your screen is glass rather than plastic (I believe many of the newer flat screens are plastic which makes them lighter weight.) (10/16/2006)

By Claudia from MD

RE: Permanent Marker On Computer Monitor Screen

My sister drew all over my dad's laptop screen and I used dry erase marker over it then a very damp paper towel and that did the trick. (11/06/2006)

By Kay

RE: Permanent Marker On Computer Monitor Screen

Black and Gold Hairspray and paper wipe is all it took, spray onto the paper then wipe, then wipe with a clean one. (10/18/2007)

By Keith H.

RE: Permanent Marker On Computer Monitor Screen

While my mom wasn't home I got permanent marker on her laptop. I put my finger in my mouth and used my fingernail to scratch it off. It dosen't hurt the computer. Trust me. (02/26/2008)

By Alex

RE: Permanent Marker On Computer Monitor Screen

I tried the alcohol and it took some of the marker off, but I followed up with the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and it took all of it off. Thanks for the great advice. (04/25/2008)

By Cathy, Philadelphia

RE: Permanent Marker On Computer Monitor Screen

Yikes! We freaked out when our almost 2 year old wrote black marker all over the computer screen, the keys and the desk. We didn't have rubbing alcohol, but I can safely say that my husband's not so expensive cologne worked very well. However, now the bedroom and not to mention the computer smells really good. (07/09/2009)

By morbetomommy

Archive: Permanent Marker On Computer Monitor Screen

How do I remove permanent black marker from my computer flat screen?

By supersketchy1 from Vancouver

RE: Permanent Marker On Computer Monitor Screen

I would try dry erase marker over the mark on the screen. This works on dry erase boards, not sure if a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser would ruin the monitor or not. Fingernail polish remover might work. I would google this and see what you come up with. Good luck! Robyn (09/21/2009)

By Robyn Fed