Ezee Knowledge Bank – How to Remove Permanent Marker

Permanent marker is, by nature, a tough stain to treat, precisely because it’s supposed to be permanent. If you have permanent marker on household surfaces, skin or fabric, there are some things you can do to remove it. A good result isn’t always guaranteed but if the alternative is a ruined object, it’s definitely worth trying.

Removing Permanent Marker From Hard, Non-Porous Surfaces

670px-Remove-Permanent-Marker-Step-1-Version-3Use alcohol. Find yourself some liquor. Bourbon works just fine, especially 101 proof. Any liquor above 80 proof will work for this, but rubbing alcohol works even better. Apply the alcohol to a clean towel and use the wet spot to rub at the marker stains.[1]

670px-Remove-Permanent-Marker-Step-2-Version-3Use toothpaste mixed with baking soda. Mix one part baking soda with one part toothpaste in a small cup. Apply this mixture directly to the marker stain and let it sit for a moment or two. Grab a clean, slightly dampened cloth and use this to rub the mixture into the stain using circular motions. This may take a little elbow grease, but the stain should come off.

670px-Remove-Permanent-Marker-Step-3-Version-2Use a magic eraser. A magic eraser is a special cleaning pad designed to remove stains from a wide variety of surfaces. All you need to do is wet the magic eraser slightly, then use it to scrub the permanent marker stain from the surface.[2]

670px-Remove-Permanent-Marker-Step-4-Version-3Use some WD-40. WD-40 is a commercial cleaning product with multiple uses in the home. Simply spray some WD-40 directly onto the marker stain then scrub it with a clean cloth to remove.

670px-Remove-Permanent-Marker-Step-5-Version-2Use a dry erase marker. A dry erase marker can be used to remove stains from many surfaces, and it works extremely well on whiteboards. This is due to the face that dry erase markers contain a non-polar solvent. Simply draw over the previous marker stain with the dry erase marker, then wipe off.[3]

670px-Remove-Permanent-Marker-Step-6-Version-2Use a pencil eraser. In certain circumstances, it is possible to remove a marker stain by simply rubbing it with a pencil eraser.

670px-Remove-Permanent-Marker-Step-7-Version-2Use sunscreen. Some people claim sunscreen is an effective tool for removing sunscreen from on-porous substances. Simply spray or squirt a little of the sunscreen over the stain and use a clean cloth to work it into the stain.

670px-Remove-Permanent-Marker-Step-8-Version-2Use nail polish remover. Dampen a clean cloth with a little acetone nail polish remover and use it to scrub the permanent marker stain clean.

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