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Removing Permanent Marker from Walls

May 14, 2010

Removing Permanent Marker Off WallsI 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.

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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 tanya from Victoria, BC

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November 14, 2011

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.

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November 16, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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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.

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November 16, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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But definitely try Goof Off or the like, that's always my last resort.

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November 16, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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November 16, 20110 found this helpful

Ditto with what frugalsunnie says; then hide the household markers, crayons, etc and allow only under direct supervision. ;-)

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November 18, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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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.

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November 26, 20150 found this helpful

Sunlight dish soap and a scrubbing pad, lots of elbow grease.. it works but it's time consuming

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January 26, 20160 found this helpful

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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December 21, 20160 found this helpful

Use a magic eraser to get it off

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March 31, 2011

How do I get black permanent marker off the walls?

By bridget from Scottsville, KY

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March 31, 20110 found this helpful

Use a dry erase marker and trace the writing on the walls. It should come right off!

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March 31, 20110 found this helpful

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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November 13, 20160 found this helpful

I do not know and everything that I try to do it still doesn't work.

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July 17, 20170 found this helpful

Mr Clean pads work well on things like that, usually. But there's always a new coat of paint.
Good luck!

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April 8, 2016

My two boys wrote all over red walls in their room. How do I get it off? I never had to deal with this as they are 3yrs old and 2yrs old.


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August 10, 20170 found this helpful

Write over the permanent marker with a dry erase marker and wipe off

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August 8, 2012

How do you get black Sharpie off of white walls?

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