Permanent markers. The bane of every mother’s existence. Rarely do we need a marker to be permanent, but we all have them on hand for those times that we do. Somehow our kids sniff them out just like the secret mommy chocolate stash in the pantry! Now mind you, my boys have a craft table in our kitchen complete with jars neatly organized with crayons, colored pencils, and washable markers. They have a craft kitchen cabinet filled with craft supplies just for them that they are allowed to use without needing permission. They know they are allowed to work on their projects at the bar, their little Ikea craft table, or the kitchen table. I keep my sharpies in the back of an off-limits junk drawer in the kitchen. My guys are very good boys and mostly obedient and yet somehow we still ended up with permanent marker all over the kitchen table. Gah!
Fortunately, permanent marker can be removed from wood fairly easily with the following tips. Pin this tip for later in case you ever need it! You will be so glad that you did.
Supplies needed to remove permanent marker from wood:
1. Regular toothpaste. Not the gel kind. Just find some plain, basic, toothpaste.
2. Soft damp rag.
Liberally apply the toothpaste to the area that needs treatment and rub with damp rag.
Make sure you have enough toothpaste on your wood so that your cloth moves freely across your wood without a lot of friction. You don’t want to damage the finish on your furniture. This may take awhile to accomplish. I think I rubbed the toothpaste for a continuous five minutes before it all came off.
Rinse your rag and wipe off all of the excess toothpaste. Repeat the process if there are still areas of permanent marker needing removal. You can use a Magic Eraser lightly to remove tough areas but be warned that the Magic Eraser will take the finish off of your table. Try and remove as much as possible with the toothpaste. For this table, I did not need to use a Magic Eraser.
Here is our kitchen table now:
And here is the before and after once again!
Pretty impressive! Now I need to go fill in that scratch and some of those dings on the table with a Minwax paint pen :).