How to Remove Sharpie From Wood Table

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Things You'll Need

  • Rags

  • Water

  • Plain, white toothpaste

  • Rubbing alcohol


Always test the product you are using on a small, inconspicuous area of the wood prior to applying it to a more noticeable area.

A Sharpie stain on a wood table does not have to be permanent.

Sharpie is a brand of permanent marker commonly used in offices and households. As frightening as it may be to see a Sharpie mark on a wood table, take comfort in knowing that it can be removed. Removing Sharpie marks from a wood table requires the appropriate products and methods so the wood is not damaged. Remove Sharpie marker from a wood table as soon as possible for the best chance of success.


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Step 1

Dampen a rag slightly with plain water. Rub the rag lightly over the marker stain to remove any ink that may still be wet.

Step 2

Squeeze a moderate coating of plain, white toothpaste over the Sharpie spot. Do not use gel toothpaste or those containing bleach, peroxide or abrasives as this may damage the wood.

Step 3

Rub the toothpaste gently into the table using your fingers. Let it sit on the wood for a couple of minutes.

Step 4

Scrub the stained area of the wood table with a damp rag. Rub in the direction of the woods grain while applying a steady pressure.


Step 5

Continue scrubbing until the stain has lifted. Wipe the table with a clean, damp rag to remove the toothpaste residue. Buff the table with a dry rag.

Step 6

Apply rubbing alcohol if the stain persists. Apply a small amount of rubbing alcohol to a clean, dry rag. Gently rub the alcohol over the marker stain until it is gone. Go over the table with a damp rag and buff dry.