How to Get Permanent Marker off a Table

Permanent marker and a crafty child usually equal disaster at some point in time. If you should happen upon a table full of beautiful scribbles, don't panic. Permanent marker is not really permanent; these marks can be removed should they accidentally wind up on your table. There are several ways to remove these marks and the method you choose is dependent upon the type of surface your table is composed of. Before attempting to remove permanent marker it is best to experiment with different cleaning agents on a discreet area of the table, such as the underside or the bottom portion of a leg.

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Step 1

Squeeze a small amount of toothpaste on a damp cloth. If you are using non-acetone nail polish remover or naphtha, pour a small amount directly on a dry cloth.

Step 2

Scrub the marks with the cloth. If the table is made of wood, gently scrub with the grain.

Step 3

Allow the toothpaste to remain on the stain for about five minutes; then wipe with a clean portion of the damp cloth. If using non-acetone nail polish remover or naphtha, apply and wipe immediately with a clean dry cloth.

Step 4

Repeat these steps as necessary until you no longer see marker stains.

Lisa Wampler

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