Removing Permanent Marker on a Wood Table

March 30, 2010

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

By Marlene from Kauai, HI



April 1, 20101 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.

May 20, 20102 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!"

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. 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.

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!


Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

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.

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!

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

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Here are the questions asked by community members. Read on to see the answers provided by the ThriftyFun community.

February 11, 2010

My 3 year old son recently found a permanent marker in our kitchen. To my surprise he had colored on our new, real wood table and hid his amazing master pieces under the place mats. I would love to get the marker off of the table with out taking off the varnish. I have tried hairspray and magic erasers with no luck. Please help!

By sskaufdog from Centerton, AR


July 10, 20091 found this helpful
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I just found that my daughter about 2 hours ago had accidentally marked on our hard wood table! I used toothpaste with baking soda and in 2 minutes it was gone. I let the toothpaste set on it for about 10 seconds, then took a dry, clean rag and rubbed it in a circular motion.


It did not totally come off the first time, but it did come off little by little and after the 3rd time it was gone! Hope this helps! I was so excited! :)

June 13, 20100 found this helpful
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To all: look no further, the easy solution is a bit of nail polish remover. Comes off in a second. Not too much will not harm the polish a bit.

December 30, 20120 found this helpful
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I used a Magic Eraser and it worked well.

November 22, 20160 found this helpful
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Amazing! Got black sharpie on my brand new hardwood floor and toothpaste removed it easily! Thank you!

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February 11, 2010

My son took a permanent marker and drew all over my wood table. Any suggestions on how to remove the ink?


May 8, 2009

How can I remove permanent marker from a wooden table?


September 24, 2008

I need major help. I wrote with black and green permanent marker on a wooden table with varnish and I need to get it out.


March 7, 2005

Does anyone know a safe way to remove permanent black marker (sharpie) from a wooden dining room table?

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