Removing Permanent Marker from Wood Furniture

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 page about removing permanent marker from wood furniture.
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April 13, 2013

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.

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January 22, 2012

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.

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It was all off in about five minute, good as new. Thanks Chux, they really are magic!

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August 14, 2011

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.

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August 14, 20110 found this helpful
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Goof Off worked when my little sister colored sharpie on it. You could get it from Wal-Mart for less than $3.00.

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August 15, 20110 found this helpful
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I was able to get black magic marker off a inside wood log with Goof Off, you can buy it at Lowes.

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August 15, 20110 found this helpful
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Antibacterial soap works great and gets Sharpie off without removing the finish!

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August 15, 20110 found this helpful
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Don't use nail polish remover it will take finish off.

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November 30, 2010

How do I clean black Sharpie marker off wooden furniture?

By Sherry from Phoenix, AZ

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December 2, 20100 found this helpful
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I used hand sanitizer to get the Sharpie art work off of my coffee table. My grand drew me a pic. It worked like a charm. Good luck.

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December 13, 20100 found this helpful
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I just used regular toothpaste and a paper towel and removed green Sharpie from my 5 year olds white wooden dresser. Worked like a charm! Thank you for the tip!

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December 20, 20100 found this helpful
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I removed permanent marker off my hardwood floor with hair spray. Tried eraser, no luck, dulled it but it didn't remove it completely. Tried Awesome, again only dulled it and then finally I tried hairspray and wiped away with paper towel.

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My mother found this in an old book of home remedies. It said to wipe away with water and vinegar. I think to take the stickiness away.

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January 21, 20110 found this helpful
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I used regular toothpaste to get a large amount of black permanent marker out of my kitchen table and chairs. It took some srubbing, but it worked like a charm! After, I used vinegar and water with a paper towel to get rid of the stickey-ness. It is as if nothing ever happened!

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August 20, 20110 found this helpful
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My gosh I have a polished wooden Japanese antique and my daughter's sharpie was on a baggie placed on the wood. Overnight the ink adhered itself to the wood. I thought it was gone forever, and almost fainted with grief (I really like Japan).

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I quickly came online to see what would take off Sharpie pen from wood, and saw this. I tried white toothpaste, and lo and behold, it worked! It worked! Thank you thank you thank you!

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September 11, 2017

My son has got permanent Sharpie markers all over my new gloss, white table. What can I use to get it off?

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September 11, 20170 found this helpful
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Spot test if you draw over with dry erase and erase it off. It happened to me but not on a table.

There are other remedies that may be useful: lifehacker.com/.../remove-permanent-marker-from-any...

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September 11, 20170 found this helpful
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I'd try the dry eraser method first, if not then try diluted isopropyl alcohol with a magic eraser.

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September 12, 20170 found this helpful
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You can try Goof off bought in the automotive section. Try on the underside of your table first.

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October 7, 2013

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.

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By Chrysanthemum J

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October 8, 20130 found this helpful
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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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June 4, 2004

Help! My daughter got black permanent ink on my kitchen table. It is medium oak color. Any ideas?

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May 26, 20100 found this helpful

My 4yr old decorated our wooden stools with black Texta. I tried toothpaste - it didn't work, hand sanitiser - didn't work, hair spray - didn't work (this is great though for Biro on velour), then Gumption. This is a paste you can buy in the cleaning section of the supermarket. It was great. Bit of rubbing required with a damp cloth and all gone.

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July 3, 20160 found this helpful

I have the same problem with my wooden kitchen table. Permanent black Sharpie marker roll over from my son. I tried the toothpaste remedy and it didn't do a thing.

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I tried a little alcohol and it did come off immediately but also took off the Finish. Did you find a remedy that worked and if so can you please email me. Thanks

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August 22, 20190 found this helpful

I found red marker on my beautiful walnut grand piano. I was absolutely sick. Murphys Oil Soap failed. A damp white magic eraser took it right out.

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