Removing Permanent Marker

by Kelsey Norwood

in Home,Kids

remove marker stains

My little Elliot, blesshisheart, just can’t help himself with the markers. He colored on my precious MiniBox not once, but twice! I should have moved the markers after the first time, but I figured we’d all learned our lesson. If a 2 year old is quiet it’s not luck. It’s mischief. Every time.

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He did color both times in the same spot, so it could have been worse. And since I figured out that an art eraser takes permanent marker off like magic, I’m much less paranoid about markers in Elliot’s grip.

how to remove permanent marker

Who would have thought?!? If you have marker stains, try an eraser!

What other tricks do you have for removing marker stains?


1 Annette W October 13, 2009 at 7:30 am

Wow. That is really, really good to know!

2 Jenny October 13, 2009 at 7:40 am

Rubbing alcohol has gotten it off walls and our microfiber couch.

3 Danielle Mahoney October 13, 2009 at 7:50 am

thanks for the tip my 1 1/2 year old has just decided that crayons and colored pencils are not as fun as pens and markers so I know I have some fun ahead of me.

4 andrea October 13, 2009 at 9:01 am

I’ve used dry erase marker board cleaner to get permanent marker stains off of different surfaces. It works great!

5 Baba October 13, 2009 at 9:44 am

Oh , Great tip! Thanks!

6 Kathleen October 13, 2009 at 4:28 pm

Hairspray works too. I found that out once, when I used to use it. But like another commenter said, rubbing alcohol (which I think is in hairspray) works too.

7 Jess October 13, 2009 at 5:58 pm

Wow, this is so good to know!

8 Andrea Shef October 15, 2009 at 10:37 am

Awesome! Great tip!
My daughter got Sharpie on her new shirt the other day and my friend told me to use hairspray to get it out. I didn’t believe her, but it worked great!!! I just kept the spots soaked in hairspray for a couple days and to took almost all of it out!!!

9 Jeanette October 16, 2009 at 6:00 am

Hmmm who woulda thought… I have always used alcohol. In fact this week I was transferring a purse pattern onto some paper using a Sharpie pen (PERMANENT INK!!!) and got several marks on my laminate counter… Out came the alchol swabs! LOL. But the eraser thing, I’ll have to try that! Thanks!
By the way, I am totally following you on twitter! Come see me someetime:

10 Sarah October 24, 2009 at 3:15 pm

on the same line as rubbing alcohol, hand sanitizer also works GREAT at removing even sharpie from carpet and microfiber couches.

11 Kimberly R November 27, 2009 at 8:57 pm

Thank you for the wonderful tip, I will definately give this a try.

12 Sue Jones December 1, 2009 at 11:45 am

thank you, everyone! this is one of my greatest trials in life. :)

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