How to Remove Sharpie Marker Stains From Formica

Formica is a type of laminate that is often used on tabletops and counters. If you are using a permanent marker, such as a Sharpie, it is easy to make a mistake and draw on your Formica. You can remove the marker with the right products and a little time. Prevent permanent marker accidents by covering the surface you are working on and keeping them away from children.

Step 1

Wet a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol and rub it on the marker stains. The marker will start to dissolve from the rubbing alcohol and you can wipe it off with a paper towel. You may need to reapply the rubbing alcohol to get rid of all the marker. Wash the Formica as usual.

Step 2

Moisten a cloth with dry-cleaning solvent and rub it onto the stain. Let it sit for a few minutes and then rub the marker away. Dry-cleaning solvents are available at supermarkets. Wash the Formica as usual.

Step 3

Set the Formica in a location where it will get full sun, if it is portable. Permanent markers fade in the sunshine. This may take a few months and should be used only as a last resort. Sharpie markers will only last a few months on non-porous surfaces in the sunlight and up to several years indoors on porous surfaces, according to Sharpie manufacturer website.