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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Removing Permanent Marker from A White Board

 
"Mom!  Buzz wrote on your white board with permanent marker!"  Sighing deeply, I slowly walked down the steps wondering what I would find when I got to the kitchen.  As I was walking, I tried to think about how I could remove whatever artwork my second born had done.  Turing into the kitchen I could see Buzz frantically rubbing our calendar trying to remove the ink. 
"I am so sorry mom!  I didn't know it was a permanent marker.  I was just trying to write up some numbers for next month." 
 

 
After examining what he had done, I was pretty sure I could remove the graffiti.  I grabbed one of the dry erase pens from my drawer and handed it to Buzz.
 
 
"Just color over what you did with this.  Completely cover it."  Looking at me like I had lost my mind Buzz said, "OOOKAAAY". 

After he had completed this step I handed him a dry paper towel. 
"Try wiping everything off now."
 

 
As he wiped I could hear him sigh with relief.  This little trick had worked. 

 
After repeating this step, you can't even tell the permanent marker was there.  (We also tried a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, but it just smeared the ink but didn't remove it all.)  Buzz has learned his lesson, and I picked up a new trick! 
 

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10 comments:

  1. Good fix! My kids have done that before too! Except, they thought it was funny AND it was my husband who gave them the permanent markers. Lol.

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    1. OH NO, Marie! Well hopefully you have a good sense of humor about those types of things. :D

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  2. Great to know. You can remove permanent marker with hair spray also. I don't know why, but it works.

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    1. Good to know! I will have to give that one a try (cause I can only assume something like this will happen again). ;)

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  3. Awesome tip! Had no idea how to remove it! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

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  4. I've tried that too! Works perfectly :) Also, for cleaning a white board instead of using Expo whiteboard cleaner I used Staples 3 oz. Screen Cleaner. Works wonderfully. BTW, I think it works better than Expo because it doesn't leave streaks that's the difference and it dries up immediately too.

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    1. Hi Rebekah, Thanks for sharing the tip about the staples screen cleaner! I will have to give that a try. I had never heard that before.

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