Permanent marker can really ruin the look of your wood furniture. While permanent marker is generally permanent you want to be careful to not further damage your furniture when trying to remove it. This is a guide about removing permanent marker from wood furniture.
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My son recently drew his Nan a lovely picture in permanent marker on her lovely new wooden dressing table. I went to the nearest Coles and bought a Chux Magic Eraser. It was all off in about five minute, good as new. Thanks Chux, they really are magic!
By jofish from Armadale, WA
When my new coffee table arrived, it had these permanent marker lines (they could have been there for months, who knew where or when it was manufactured). I was afraid to try alcohol, so before buying the Mr. Clean sponges, I tried a regular white rubber eraser. You can see the results, just a very, very teeny remnant of the lines remain (all the black is gone), but you can only see them if you're looking at the correct angle. I polished it all up with Liquid Gold and it's beautiful.
Thanks for the suggestion!
By Paul S.
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Here are questions related to Removing Permanent Marker from Wood Furniture.
How do I clean black Sharpie marker off wooden furniture?
By Sherry from Phoenix, AZ
Thank-you, used used colgate total to remove two year old's sharpie artwork from teen brother's bed, worked a treat and two year old survived too!
I already tried furniture polish to remove on Sharpie marker on my finished wood table. Will that have put a "coating" over the marker, or will nail polish remover still work and if not, what will?
By Cheryl I.
Don't use nail polish remover it will take finish off.
I have an oak lamp table that is stained, but not varnished. The top has sort of a butcher block affect. My granddaughter drew all over it with a black Sharpie marker. I tried fingernail polish remover, alcohol, and toothpaste. And all that did was lighten it in some spots. I tried sanding it thinking that would take it out and then I can restain it. But that didn't work either. I have it on the wall too. The wall has flat paint.
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I have a dark wood table from Costco and was using a perm marker. (I won't blame my son, because it really was my fault.) You can't see it but can see the imprint of what was written. I used the Magic Eraser, any more advice? Plus to shine it back up since it is getting dull. Thanks for your help. Yes, my husband is ready to divorce me and this is the cherry on top.
By Beth from Kalaheo, HI
I drew a heart on my hand with red permanent marker. Then when I sat down on my chair I (not knowingly) put my hand down on the white chair. I went to go to the bathroom and came back to see it on the chair, I'm so panicky. The chairs are new and my parents will kill me! Please help. And please answer ASAP! I tried Expo over it, but it only made things worse.
By Chrysanthemum J
Use finger nail poish remover! It works on Sharpie and gets it out or off of anything without leaving any stain or residue.
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How do you clean permanent marker off of wood coffee and end tables without ruining the finish?
Laurie from Havre de Grace, MD
I went to the drug store and sure enough both Mr Clean Magic Eraser AND Rubbing Alcohol (I used 95% Ethanol NOT 70% Isopropyl) were in stock. I found that the Ethanol worked well on the wood, but it left a trace in the linoleum. For some reason, it left a trace on the microwave, but took all the marker off the freezer and small wooden desk. I will post back with results of the Magic Eraser... but this has been interesting if nothing else.
Thank you VERY much to all for taking the time to post your experiences. (03/10/2006)
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By Janell in Roseville, CA
Maybe it is more noticable because it is a light colored solid wood table, and not a darker or laminate wood finish (it is probably the same with solid wood floors as opposed to laminate wood floors). If it happens again I will try the rubbing alcohol first and then the eraser, which takes the marker off because it is mildly abrasive, not some secret chemical.
If I use the eraser again, I will polish the wood first, that way hopefully only the polish will get scratched away with the marker. (06/18/2006)
By Single guy with marker
Minutes later, the ink is gone. Unbelievable! Thank you so much! You just saved my three year old from boarding school! (08/17/2006)
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I have a dresser that my son drew on with a green marker. I do believe that it's permanent. I have tried toothpaste and nail polish remover.
My kids had a red permanent marker and they both colored on my great grandma's chair and also on my oak wood coffee table.
I removed a large amount of permanent marker from my new wooden furniture with Aquafresh Extreme Clean toothpaste and a baby wipe.
How do I remove red permanent marker from my all wood table? Sorry I have no image!
I need to know how to get Sharpie marker off of a wooden table.