Things You'll Need
Plain, white toothpaste
Always test the product you are using on a small, inconspicuous area of the wood prior to applying it to a more noticeable area.
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.
Dampen a rag slightly with plain water. Rub the rag lightly over the marker stain to remove any ink that may still be wet.
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.
Rub the toothpaste gently into the table using your fingers. Let it sit on the wood for a couple of minutes.
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.
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.
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.
Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.