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Removing Ink from a Table

I am looking for information for removing permanent ink mark from wood/finish coffee table.

By Marlene from Kauai, HI

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April 1, 20100 found this helpful
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Try using a cheap hairspray, like Aquanet, works for getting ink out of clothes, might work on wood.

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May 20, 20101 found this helpful
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Baking soda! While I was on the phone with my sister reading to her the different responses, she was trying the baking soda and she interrupted me with, "Oh, M, this is amazing the ink came right up!"

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January 26, 20180 found this helpful

You have to be careful with baking soda though because it will take the shiny finish off if it doesn't come up from just a very light buffing with making it a paste with water then don't finish!

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April 18, 20190 found this helpful

How do you make the paste?

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April 18, 20190 found this helpful

You would just add a small amount of water to the baking soda, until it is the consistency you would like to use. I'd start with just a teaspoon at a time.

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June 24, 20101 found this helpful
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Wow it worked! I was upset that my kids got marker on my wood (finished) dining room table and I tried the baking soda that was recommended.

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I made a paste and rubbed it on the areas and wiped with a paper towel and it came right up. Thank you for the suggestions.

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July 19, 20170 found this helpful

Thank you! The baking soda worked on my oak floor. I made a paste and rubbed it in slowly with a paper towel. Clean floor.
Thanks again

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August 12, 20170 found this helpful

Did this work with permanent marker, like a sharpie? I'm a teacher and just inherited some tables that students in the past have vandalized with various inappropriate items. I'd like to remove those before school starts!

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July 17, 20180 found this helpful

The baking soda paste (baking soda mixed with a little water) worked wonderfully!

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December 31, 20100 found this helpful
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Thank you for the suggestion everyone! The baking soda worked!! An ink pen exploded on our brand new wood table, it set overnight (the pen must've exploded in the middle of the night) and the baking soda paste took it right out! We just used our fingertip and rubbed with the grain of the wood, it got lighter and lighter and eventually came out!

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Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

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January 1, 20120 found this helpful
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Baking soda is amazing it totally works. I used it because someone spilled a drink on the table and then put a newspaper on it and it bled in to the table the ink. So I tried the alcohol and the the baking powder. Thank you.

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September 15, 20120 found this helpful
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My daughter and her friend stained my table with craft paints. I tried several things to remove. Baking soda did not work for me. However I tried an air freshener. Sprayed over the stain and rubbed and this actually removed the stain totally. Thanks all for your tips!

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November 27, 20120 found this helpful
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OMG! Hairspray, it works perfectly. I tried everything on this list and nothing worked except hairspray.

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It literally makes it disappear. Thanks guys, now my parents won't kill me!

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February 1, 20110 found this helpful

I couldn't see the feedback which stated how to use the baking soda. But I read through some of the rest of the feedback and tried using deodorant. Which was to take pink permanent pen off of bedroom furniture including wood and metal. This worked a treat! Phew!

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October 19, 20110 found this helpful

I discovered that a red ink pen had exploded in one of my wire pen holders. It was sitting on my light oak desk and the ink had been there for so long that it had dried. I tried to get it up with alcohol and some of it did come off but it was all soaked down into the varnish and just as red after the alcohol as before. I kept wiping till the rag came back clean but the ink was firmly set. I then tried hydrogen peroxide-nothing. I tried dishwashing soap suds. I tried practically everything I could get my hands on except gasoline. Nothing!

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I even put mayonnaise on it and let it soak for 10 days-nothing! By this time I am eying the gallon of mower gas. I saw this site and said " What the heck, I'll try their ideas. I really have nothing to lose." So I went into the kitchen got down the baking soda, made the paste with water and began scrubbing. Right away the baking soda turned pink! I added more and scrubbed more and the ink was, in fact, coming up. I couldn't believe it! So with much elbow (or finger actually) grease the red ink is gone. Now I just have what looks like a water ring on the wood. But like I said this ink had been on there since the dinosaurs. The water ring is much preferable.

I am going to let it dry overnight and see what happens. If it is not gone by morning. I think the actual wood got wet from the thinning of the varnish and that this is now indeed a water mark-then I will treat it as a water mark and see if the ring goes away. Stay tuned for further developments. I did not try the miracle clean sponge. I did try the toothpaste before with no results.

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April 15, 20130 found this helpful

I only had my oak coffee table 3 days when the grandchildren wrote on it . In a panic I googled " how to remove ink from an oak table " and that said try hairspray , so I did and yippe it worked great..

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Thank you everyone - one table saved .

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