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Removing permanent marker from surfaces

Permanent marker isn’t really as permanent as you may think. There are ways to remove that accidental scribble or mark from a variety of surfaces. The difficulty in removing permanent marker actually depends on the material of the surface it is used on. Some common household products and specialist products are capable of removing permanent marker, though you should be warned that you may need to remove the product itself after getting rid of the marker stain.

Removing Permanent Marker Off Walls



Some walls are porous. Therefore, we advise that you exercise caution to prevent leaving a stain.

  • It is best to use a specialist product for non-gloss walls.
  • For gloss or semi-gloss walls, we recommend the application of hairspray or white non-gel toothpaste on the stain. Wipe it off with a damp but clean cloth.


Removing Permanent Marker Off Plastic

  • Colour over the stain with a dry erase marker before wiping it off with a cloth.
  • Apply hairspray or acetone nail polish remover on the stain before wiping it off with a cloth.
  • Apply specialist stain removal on the stain before wiping it off.


Removing Permanent Marker from Wood



Different methods are required for wood with different finishes. Do consult a professional if you’re unsure of the type of finish your wood has.

  • Toothpaste is gentle enough to be safely used on varnished or unvarnished wood. We recommend using a white, non-gel toothpaste and rub it on the stain with a clean but damp rag. Wipe it off and repeat if necessary.
  • Apply rubbing alcohol to break down the stain and wipe it off with a clean damp cloth.


Removing Permanent Marker from Fabric Upholstery

  • Mix 1 tablespoon of dishwashing or laundry detergent with 2 tablespoons of white vinegar and 2 cups of water.
  • Using a sponge soaked in the mixture, dab the stain.
  • Rinse with cool water.
  • Alternatively, you can try rubbing alcohol or a specialist stain removal instead.


Removing Permanent Marker Off Leather



  • Apply hairspray onto the stain and wipe away with a clean damp cloth. Repeat if necessary.
  • Apply a leather conditioner to ensure the leather is not damaged by the hairspray.