Removing Permanent Marker

October 14, 2009

Tip of a Sharpie marker at the end of a squiggly line on white background.My name is Shannon and I have found an amazing, magical, cleaning assistant. You see, I have an almost 3 year old at home who loves to get his hands on permanent markers and color on things he shouldn't. Like my antique coffee table and 2 end tables that happen to be solid wood and my favorite cherry stain color. Today, I found 3 more "drawings" he had been hiding from me all in permanent marker.


Now, I do drawings and art projects that require me to use such markers and I have them in EVERY color you could possibly think of. This time he had gone to far, he drew on all three of my tables, HIS cherry stain sleigh bed, his cherry stain dresser AND our RENTED white walls.

Frantically I called my mother to ask her what to do. She told me that at the hospital where she works at; when someone accidentally gets permanent marker on a solid surface where it doesn't belong, they just take a dry erase marker and go over the permanent marker and it comes right off. I then explained that I had NO idea how long it had been there and that it was in all different colors; but all she said is it won't hurt to try.

She said to use any dry erase marker color you have, it doesn't matter. Scribble over the permanent marker and then wipe it away with a paper towel, cloth or whatever you have and, "POOF", it's gone. She also told me that when I use it on the white wall it might leave a hint of the dry erase markers color but all you need is a wet rag or something to get that off.


To my surprise, IT WORKED! ON ALL THE SURFACES! It almost makes me want to draw on things with a sharpie just for fun. So I guess grandma saves her grandson yet again from one of his goofy mistakes.

By Shannon

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August 18, 2010

For those of you who were wondering how to get Magic Marker off walls, leather, and anything other than wood furniture, use toothpaste (not gel).

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September 2, 2011

As a teacher, once when I was preparing for a class, I used a permanent marker on the new dry eraser board. I read the marker and found EXPO's 1-800 number and called it for help.


You can erase permanent marker by writing over it with another marker and wiping it off with a tissue.

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October 23, 2009

If you every need to get permanent marker off of a hard surface (folder, notebook, counter, floor, etc.), use bug spray.

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June 4, 2019

To clean permanent marker (Sharpie) from any non porous surface (table, floor, sink..etc), you can buy a tiny little bottle (1/2 inch square glass jar) of Testors Thinner #1148 from any hobby shop. Not the bigger bottle, it's different! Dip a Q-tip into the bottle and rub it on the marker, then wipe off excess with a tissue!

A bottle of

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April 17, 2014

For furniture, try milk. On clothes, use hand sanitizer.

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February 14, 2011

If you get permanent marker on appliances/counter tops (like store receipt blue!), you can remove it with rubbing alcohol on a paper towel.

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July 21, 2015

Just take a dry erase marker and rub it over the permanent marker and wipe off. This only works on shiny surfaces.

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November 12, 2014

Use a product called Goof Off. I spayed this on the marker spot and it ran off. Be sure to have a dry rag to wipe it up quickly. It's the only thing that takes it all off.

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November 5, 2013

The only solution for removing permanent marker on leather furniture is spray on sun tan lotion. Nothing else worked, not 99% alcohol, Goo Gone, leather package - all set the marker stain.

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February 26, 2013

Just get an eraser, get it wet and erase the mark. It worked really good for me. Hope it works for you!

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August 23, 2011

I was able to get permanent black marker off of wood logs with Goof Off.

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December 1, 2019

I got Sharpie on my school Dell laptop and I tried Expo, it made it worse. Then I tried dish soap which also did not work.

I even tried vinegar and nail polish remover. I have school tomorrow What do I do?


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Try 1 part rubbing alcohol to 2 parts water.

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CLR Cleaner!

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I work on computers and have found out that alcohol and water works the best to do this. It seems to be the only solution that will break down the ink that is on the laptop.

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August 14, 2005

I was recently give a walker, which I assume is aluminum or some light weight metal. A previous owners name was written on it in what appears to be black permanent marker. There is also a sticker on it that will not peel off. Is there a way I can remove the name and sticker?



August 14, 20050 found this helpful

Just a random thought but have you tried that Magic Eraser from Mr. Clean? I havent tried it myself but have heard that it's pretty good at getting things like that out....

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August 15, 20050 found this helpful

Have you tried Nail Polish remover, As for the sticker if it's a paper sticker I would try to soak that part in soapy warm water. Leave it there for a while and it should start to peel off.


Good Luck!

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August 15, 20050 found this helpful

Best thing for removing sticky stuff from stickers/labels is bath oil. I use Keri bath oil, but I'm sure others would work. I actually got this tip from the internet and it was the best advice.

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May 5, 2020

A five year old wrote on the back of my inflatable castle with permanent marker. We have tried alcohol, peroxide, bug spray, grease lightning, everything that we could think of. What is the best, but cheap way to get it off? Any suggestions help.

Thank you.

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October 12, 2011

How do you get permanent marker off of white shoes?

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November 28, 2016

I have dark blue permanent marker on a portable DVD player screen. What do I use to remove it?

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