How To Get Permanent Marker Off Wood Furniture
My Elias. I love this boy more than words can ever express.
It’s a good thing, too. ‘Cause this one will TEST YOU. Don’t let the sweet face fool you.
More often than not, THIS is the face that is running through the house, leaving a trail of destruction in his dust. Every time I turn around… and I do mean every single chance he gets… this boy is into MISCHIEF! You can’t turn your back!
I’m at the point to where I’m ready to throw away every single crayon and marker in the entire house, and banish them once and for all. You should see my walls. Thank heaven for Mr. Clean Erasers. It works wonders for getting marks off painted walls.
The furniture, on the other hand, is another matter.
The other day I walked into my office to find a black Sharpie masterpiece scribbled all over the top of my beautiful cherry writing desk. I froze in place and almost died. Who in their right mind left a Sharpie out?????
I did what I always do when I don’t know what to do. I searched it: “How To Get Permanent Marker Off Wood”. Don’t you just love the internet? I quickly found a solution that seemed like it might work.
Toothpaste, of all things!
Remembering an old tube of Rembrandt from my couponing days, I climbed up on the bathroom counter and searched the very back of the cabinet there. Perfect! I knew I kept this for a reason.
Without much hesitation, I squeezed a good sized glob of toothpaste onto the desk, and began working it in circles with a damp rag. And do you know what? It worked!! The permanent marker came right off. I buffed it clean with another rag, and it was as good as new. I can’t tell you how relieved I was.
I’m so glad I learned this trick, ’cause I’ve used it countless times since. My husband came home the other day to find more Sharpie scribbles on his computer desk (where the heck does this child keep finding these things??). He started freaking out, until I calmly pulled out the old toothpaste and did my thing, and quickly diffused the problem. I love it when that happens.
Disclaimer: I do not know if this will work on every wood surface without causing any damage. I’ve used it on multiple pieces of wooden furniture, and have not damaged the finish on any of them. If you are worried about damaging your surface, definitely test the toothpaste somewhere hidden first. I follow up the buffing with a coat of furniture polish, and it works like a dream. Use your own judgement.
Here are some Before & After shots from a project my kids and I did last week. On my good table. Why oh why did I let them do crafts on the good table? I momentarily freaked out a little when we picked up the papers and there was ink all over the place.
Black marker. On the dining room table. Not good.
Get a glob of toothpaste on a somewhat damp rag. A gritty toothpaste works nicely. Rub it in circles directly over the marker, and buff it off using a little elbow grease as necessary.
Wipe it off with a damp rag.
I usually follow up with my homemade furniture polish…
- 1 Tbsp cider vinegar
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 3-5 drops lavender essential oil
Good as new! Do you have a tried and true way to get permanent marker off wood furniture?