Finding permanent marker on anything of value is a nightmare, especially if the permanent marker is on wood furniture. It seems that no matter where permanent markers are hidden, the kids always seem to find them, and marks end up on everything from countertops to tables. If you have discovered permanent marker on a valuable piece of furniture, do not despair. It really is not permanent. My friend worked for a number of years in the cleaning business, and she knows just about every trick in the book for removing marks and stains. Here you will find a number of easy ways to remove permanent marker from wooden furniture, and one of these methods will likely work to permanently remove it from your wood furniture.
Many people have successfully used rubbing alcohol, acetone (nail polish remover), or a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to remove marks from wood furniture. Although these products work, they can remove the varnish. Use any cleaning technique with caution, and when in doubt, try the method of choice in an inconspicuous area before using it on visible locations. The following methods have all worked to remove permanent marker from wood furniture, but what works on one piece of furniture might not work on another. Carefully try each method until you find one that works to remove unsightly marks from your wood furniture.
A Pencil Eraser Can Remove Marks from Wood Furniture
An ordinary pencil eraser can remove permanent marker from wood furniture. Carefully erase on the marker lines and avoid areas not covered with marker. If this method does not work, do not give up. Try another method to remove the marks.
Try Toothpaste for Marks on Wood Furniture
My mother had permanent marker on a cherry wood coffee table, and fortunately she was able to remove it using toothpaste. Simply put a little toothpaste on a clean white rag, and use the tip of your finger to gently rub the marks until they disappear. Toothpaste is slightly abrasive, and more than likely the permanent marker will come right off.
WD-40 Can Remove Marks from Wood Furniture
Spray-on lubricant is good for far more than squeaky hinges and rusty bolts. If you have discovered permanent marker on wood furniture, use a little WD-40 to remove the marks. Spray a small amount on a clean white rag, and use the tip of your finger to gently rub away the marks.
Follow Up with Orange or Lemon Oil
No matter which cleaning method you choose to remove permanent marker from wood furnishings, follow up with orange or lemon oil. Apply it to a rag, and polish the wood from top to bottom. Chances are no one will ever know the furniture was once damaged by permanent marker.