Permanent marker is designed to be just that, permanent. Fortunately, depending on the surface that has been marked, it may be possible to remove it. Walk through our list of possibilities to find one that is safe for your particular surface.
You Will Need:
- Nail polish remover
- Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
- Baking soda toothpaste
- Rubbing alcohol
- Hairspray (the cheaper the better)
- Anti-bacterial hand gel
- Insect repellent
- Baby wipes
- Ammonia with water
Steps to Remove the Marker:
- First, browse through our list above to find a removal product that is safe to use on your particular item. Hard surfaces are typically safe for most of the items. Clothing is best treated with items that won’t wear down the fibers of the fabric. Upholstery and finished wood items need even more selective choices so no spots or created on the surface. If ever you are in doubt, test a small, hidden area first to ensure there are no unwanted effects to the piece.
- Cover the marker stain with the chosen product.
- Allow it to set for several minutes.
- Wipe the surface clean or wash the area/garment if possible.
- Repeat if necessary until the marker is removed.
- In some cases, you may need to treat the cleaning product as well. For example, if you use WD-40 to remove the marker, you will then need to remove the grease or it may leave a grease stain in its place. This is easy to remove with a simple stain removal spray.
Additional Tips and Advice
- If the first removal try doesn’t work, choose a different product and try again.
- Do not mix cleaning products. Always try one and then rinse/wash completely before trying a second item.
- The removal success will depend largely on the surface and the time the marker has been there. The longer the marker is on a surface, the more “set” it becomes.