Permanent markers were invented way back in 1952 and since then they have often found their way on things, clothes, table tops, walls and other such places where they should not be. These markers are very aptly named and fighting permanent marker mishaps can be rather tedious. In most cases very strong chemicals need to be used and even then a stain will remain. This is also the reason why most moms are petrified of getting permanent markers into their homes.
However, if you do have a permanent marker mishap in your home, there are some tips below that will help fix them to quite a large extent:
- Toothpaste - In case the permanent marker mishap involves a painted wall or some wood paneling using toothpaste is known to be quite effective. All one needs to do is apply some toothpaste over the concerned area and then rub it for a few minutes. Once set it, simply wipe off with a wet cloth. In most cases the marker print will come off to a large extent. The point to remember here is that the toothpaste should not be gel based, sine these are not effective in cleaning permanent markers.
- Pencil eraser - Another handy way to manage a permanent maker mishap is rubbing it with a pencil eraser. While it is a fact that this will not remove the marker print, it does dull it extensively. This is especially effective in case the marker print is on plastic or a wall and even fabric.
- Dry eraser marker – Dry erasers are also a good way to lighten the permanent marker mishap. Simply spread the solution on the area where the marker is and let it dry for a few minutes. Once dry wipe it off and in most cases it will pull the permanent marker with it. This technique works beautifully on glass and wooden textures.
- Ethyl acetate nail polish remover - Permanent makers can be removed easily with the use of ethyl acetate based nail polish removers. All one needs to do is rub the permanent marker print with this solution and slowly it will wear off. Make sure that you use and ethyl acetate based nail paint remover and not one that is acetone based, since the latter will not dissolve the permanent marker.
- Alcohol based products – Using alcohol based products has also been known to dull the effects of permanent markers. Rubbing is essential here and one can repeat the process a few times over to make sure the mark is lightened as much as possible.
Permanent makers tend to fade off in the sun and so if possible try and expose the stained area to sun for a few days. While these tips are all handy, keep in mind that in case the mishap has occurred on wood, you will need to maintain caution that your cleaning does not affect the texture of the wood. The same holds true for fabric.