How To Remove Permanent Marker from a Painted Wall
Will my wall ever be the same? Yes! Here's how.
Our two-year-old daughter decided to express her artistic side by drawing on our living room wall with a red Sharpie permanent marker pen. I originally thought that we were going to have to repaint the area, but we were able to get the stain out due to the quick thinking and expertise of my father-in-law, George. Here's how we did it and what you'll need.
- Rubbing alcohol
- Sponge with an abrasive side
Act quickly! Stains tend to set, so removing them as quickly as possible increases your chances of removing them.
When cleaning a new surface, try a rubbing small amount of the rubbing alcohol in an inconspicuous spot to ensure it will not damage the surface. Some paint will probably come off with the ink, so scrub with care.
Pour a good amount of rubbing alcohol on a washcloth and scrub the area. Our daughter used red ink, so the wall was pink after our first pass using the rubbing alcohol.
Fill a bowl with water and use the abrasive side of a sponge to scrub the remaining color off. You can pour rubbing alcohol on the sponge to remove the final color.
This was a first pass. The color actually stands out more in the photo, but we did do a few more applications. By the end, there was no evidence of any red Sharpie!
Comet and OxiClean are also good stain removers, but neither worked well on removing Sharpie.
Note on How to Remove Stains from Clothing
We tried Comet and OxiClean on the wall, but neither product did much good.
But if you have a stain on clothing, OxiClean for Babies is a miracle worker. I have been able to get out almost anything with it.
I wet the stain and generously pour on the BabyOxi and let it sit for a few hours. For particularly difficult stains, I may need to wash off the powdered Oxy and keep reapplying. It works even when the clothes have been washed and dried with the stain.