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I have a 4 year old who loves to draw. I read on here that hand sanitizer works to take permanent markers off walls. It sure did, along with a layer of paint, but it did the job. I also tried rubbing alcohol. It didn't do anything.
The next best thing I used for my walls was SOS pads. They leave a blue tinge on the wall after cleaning but they work. It may take a few times to rinse the wall but it worked oh-so-well for me.
I hope it does for other people having the same issue with a small artist.
By Kapree2010 from Victoria, BC
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My two kids got a hold of my permanent marker and scribbled all over their bedroom walls. For a month now, I've been trying everything I can think of to remove it and nothing seems to do the trick. I've tried Totally Awesome, power spray, nail polish remover, rubbing alcohol, Magic Eraser, hair spray, toothpaste, and many others! Please help me.
I just was turned onto the greatest cleaning product by my sister. It's called Totally Awesome and they sell it at the Dollar Tree. She only bought it herself because it was such a funny name but then was amazed at how well it worked on a wall that she was planning to repaint. When she was done it looked like new.
She bought me a bottle, and my husband had just spilled berry juice all over his tan jacket a few hours before, one dab and it was gone. I'm not going to test it on magic marker myself, but give it a try and let me know. The best thing is, it's only 99 cents!
Otherwise I would usually try Goof Off or one of those stain removers, you can get them at Home Depot. Otherwise a gallon of new paint might have to do.
Oh shoot, I just saw you already tried Totally Awesome, sorry! Guess it doesn't do everything. Sorry don't know how to delete my previous reply. But definitely try Goof Off or the like, that's always my last resort.
Sorry to say this, but the only way to get rid of the marker marks is to repaint the wall, starting with the use of a good quality primer like Kilz brand.
Ditto with what frugalsunnie says; then hide the household markers, crayons, etc and allow only under direct supervision. ;-)
I've used Simple Green on permanant marker before & it usually works for me. But if it's been months, it may be so absorbd that it won't all come out. I used the Simple Green full strength with a rag, using a toothbrush in the harder spots. Most of it came out, I had a few barely visible lines left. This was on white painted walls though, so if you have colors, it mught make the color lighter.
Sunlight dish soap and a scrubbing pad, lots of elbow grease.. it works but it's time consuming
Try wd40, then clean the wall after with warm water and soap. Spray wd40 on wall with a rag under to prevent dripping. It will take a few applications and cleaning depending on the size of the art.
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By Bridget from Scottsville, KY
Use a dry erase marker and trace the writing on the walls. It should come right off!
Mr. Clean Magic Eraser gets permanent marker off items. Hopefully your walls are painted with at least a Semi-Gloss. Good Luck!
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My renter's little boy wrote with permanent marker all over the walls. It has been about a month and I'm now finding out about it. Is there something extremely good I can use to get it off?
Faith from Nortonville, KY
Some permanent markers can be totally removed with plain rubbing alcohol and some just fade a bit. It depends on the brand of the marker and the finish of the paint. (of course flat paint is harder to clean and eggshell is much easier) Rubbing Alcohol has worked for me. I put some in a well marked spray bottle and squirted it on to the wall, then waited several seconds then wiped it off.
At Boeing they use Ketone to remove permanent marker, so I understand people saying that fingernail polish remover works because it's usually made with acetone. But what they fail to say it that you need to use the type that does "not" say "for artificial fingernails", because the kind made for fake nails has no acetone in it. (09/11/2008)
Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer all the way, invisible in seconds. Takes a little unnoticeable paint off, but works like magic. (11/05/2008)
Lava soap. I tried the alcohol and nail polish remover on small test patches, but they seemed to start removing the paint from the wall. The toothpaste was working, but took a lot of elbow grease. Then suddenly I remembered that I'd used Lava soap to remove ink and grease from clothing before. It worked like a charm. Granted, I'd already lightened the marks with the toothpaste, but the soap finished the job with a lot less scrubbing. My sister swears by the Mr. Clean erasers (used one to clean a "mural" of marker off a full wall), but I didn't have one on hand and didn't want the stain to set. (12/06/2008)
By Tired Mom
Got black marker pen on the walls, doors? No worries. Just get a special sponge called,"White Magic" and your troubles are over. No chemicals, or detergents just add water and a bit of rub a dub dub. I got my "White Magic" from Howard's Storage World, but who knows where else you could find it. (12/16/2008)
While I was doing the dishes my 2 year old decorated the walls with a big Sharpie. I used Ammonia (straight from the bottle). It took it off of all the surfaces, except the one that is done with flat paint and the papered wall. I'll get back to you on that when I figure something out (12/21/2008)
An organic cleaner with Citrol works wonders. (02/05/2009)
By Randall P.
I used alcohol and a toothbrush. The toothbrush worked to get into the different texture of the wall. However, it works a lot better if it is a fresh marking, But I used it on a old marking to it just took a little more scrubbing. (02/08/2009)
I tried Magic Erasers, it took the shine off the paint and left the marker. I tried hand sanitizer, took the paint off of the wall. I'm no longer using this stuff on our hands. Dr. Bronner's All in One soaps are miracle workers. Takes permanent marker off with ease. It works on any and all surfaces. Fantastic stuff. You can buy online or health food stores. My 2 year old hit various surfaces just today. Dr. Bronner's saves the day, again. (02/24/2009)
I read several posts about removing Sharpie marker off walls and doors and none of the solutions worked for me, so I began experimenting. I found that spraying Bath and Body Works Body Splash on a cotton ball and gently rubbing the mark will remove it with ease. Just be careful, because too much rubbing may remove the paint as well.
By Connie from Redding, CA
Doesn't it make you wonder what it does to your body if it cleans it off a wall? lol (01/15/2011)
Recently my daughter got hold of a permanent marker and decided to decorate her room. I tried gumption on it and it removed it, but be careful not to scrub to hard or you will remove the paint. Scrub softly. (02/19/2011)
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By Terri from Adel, GA
Mr Clean Sponge! (06/06/2010)
I like Mr. Clean. (06/06/2010)
To remove marker from a wall, use rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball. Don't rub too hard and it should come off.
By cailifouhnofthemist from Williams Lake, BC
I have gotten permanent marker off using hand sanitizer. There is also a product sold at Dollar General called "Totally Awesome" that will remove the marker. This product works like nothing I have ever tried. It cleans anything. Hope this helps. (05/01/2010)
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