Today my son decided to show off his creative abilities . . . all over my hardwood floors and freshly painted walls with a red permanent marker. I love that child, but I’ll admit to a split second when I considered boarding school.
I tried scrubbing the marker and bleaching it. I was about two seconds away from trying nail polish remover when my husband (a carpenter) called me off. He told me to just use rubbing alcohol. It couldn’t possibly be that simple, could it? It is!

  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Cotton Balls
What to Do
  • Apply rubbing alcohol to the cotton ball.
  • Test the alcohol on a hidden section of the surface area.
  • Allow the area to dry to ensure there is no damage to the section.
  • Apply the treated cotton ball to the permanent marker and rub lightly.
  • Freak out (It’s OK now).
So before you freak out and send your kids off to military school renovate your house, try this simple technique. It will save you tons of time, effort, and money!

This is a guest post by August from Granite Falls, NC
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8 thoughts on “Marker Madness: How to Remove Permanent Marker From Any Surface”

  1. Daisey G. says:

    My son used a permanent marker on my seat cushions for my dining room chairs. Anyone have any advice as to how to get that out? I’m going to try the alcohol & cotton, but I have a feeling it won’t work that well….

    • Deborah says:

      I tried alcohol,polish remover,tooth paste all on a permanent marker. Quess i have to through it away.

  2. Lori W. says:

    Thank you so much. I accidentally got permanent marker on my wall months ago and I had no idea had to get it off. The rubbing alcohol worked wonderful!!!

  3. SueS says:

    If this happens on a dry erase board just take a dry erase pen and scribble right over it then erase… it might take twice but it works (this is a great save for the job when you grab the wrong pen!) I’ve done it on other surfaces (like plastic) as well

  4. LJ says:

    Watch out alcohol will take the shine off of surfaces.

  5. Katie says:

    You can also use an eraser….sounds funny but works on hard surfaces.

  6. Jhancock says:

    Also paste toothpaste works real well.

  7. jules says:

    my 3 year old daughter just did this yesterday….magic easers took off the paint off my wall..and still didnt take it all off so hope this works…

  8. t says:

    Hairspray works good to. Just spray some on the marked area, let it sit for a few seconds, wipe it off.