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02 July 2012 @ 09:04 pm
Markers and Toddlers  
Blessed Youngest got hold of a Sharpie quite a while back and used them to much effect. I'm not worried about the walls and front door, as I plan to paint those anyway, but the woodwork in the kitchen sorta stings.

Recommendations for removal of Sharpie marker that's also wood/finish-safe? We also have three cats, so that's also a consideration. Thanks.
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That Horrible Womanheatermcca on July 3rd, 2012 03:02 pm (UTC)
Hm. If the others (uh, minus the thinner) don't work, I'll give this a try - all of my dry erase markers died at the end of Spring semester and I haven't replaced them yet.
Aardvark of Justice!matrixx on July 3rd, 2012 02:37 am (UTC)
When my oldest son was about 18 months old, he climbed up on the counter to the top of the fridge to my Sharpie stash and basically redecorated the kitchen. Non-aerosol hairspray helps.
That Horrible Womanheatermcca on July 3rd, 2012 03:02 pm (UTC)
Okay, thanks for that tip!
emeraldrabbit on July 3rd, 2012 02:38 am (UTC)


Sorry for my enthusiasm; I just spent like two hours on Pinterest, lol!
Chérielutine on July 3rd, 2012 04:35 am (UTC)
I cracked up at this comment!
That Horrible Womanheatermcca on July 3rd, 2012 03:01 pm (UTC)
LOL! Thanks. I enjoyed it.
Ambardarkenedminds on July 3rd, 2012 02:58 am (UTC)
Straight alcohol. 70+ percent isopropyl.
Jennwrenb on July 3rd, 2012 11:33 am (UTC)
This. Rubbing alcohol and elbow grease. It worked on permanent marker on my hardwood floors.
That Horrible Womanheatermcca on July 3rd, 2012 03:01 pm (UTC)
I'll give this a try, thanks. I even have access to >95% reagent-grade Isopropyl alcohol.
Ambardarkenedminds on July 4th, 2012 03:53 am (UTC)
All the better! I have a small amount from the lab I work in and it cleans everything.
I'll be in my bunkhadespuppy on July 3rd, 2012 03:00 am (UTC)
Hairspray works really well for getting permanent marker off. Just spray on, wait a few seconds, then wipe off
bodyssey_road on July 3rd, 2012 03:29 am (UTC)
You can also use lacquer thinner ... don't let it set on the wood, just wipe it on and scrub the marker off. (It also works for errant paint splatters on woodwork -- I'll rub the wood down with lacquer thinner and then scrape off the paint with a screwdriver).
rainaranarainarana on July 3rd, 2012 04:04 am (UTC)
I don't think I'd use lacquer thinner to remove ink. If the finish is damaged after removing the ink, yes, otherwise you'll either blend the ink into the finish or end up with an uneven spot, which can be fixed with the thinner and 0000 steel wool, but I'd try other methods first as this is pretty drastic. If the above methods don't work then clean with mineral spirits and use the lacquer thinner to fix the finish.
That Horrible Womanheatermcca on July 3rd, 2012 03:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your help, here. Hopefully it won't need anything this drastic.
rainaranarainarana on July 3rd, 2012 04:39 pm (UTC)
Nah, I wouldn't think so, but in case the finish did end up damaged it's a great way of fixing it (provided it's a lacquer finish) and not nearly as scary as it sounds. It's called reamalgamating, which I've done with furniture before.
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That Horrible Womanheatermcca on July 3rd, 2012 03:00 pm (UTC)
Heh - yeah, I can see that. Happily I have some old white t-shirt material scraps.
whorishnesswhorishness on July 3rd, 2012 03:00 pm (UTC)