previous post (where I ripped up a white board because my kids drew on it when they were little) on how to take the permanent marker off with Murphy's Oil Soap. So I thought I would test it out with a few other methods to see how they compare.
So this is what challenge I faced. Not only was it permanent marker, it was red permanent marker! I found this to be the hardest of any color to remove; but I did.
The methods to remove permanent marker from white board I tested:
- Murphy's Oil Soap
- Magic Eraser
- White Board Marker (I will explain below)
- Combination Murphy's oil soap and magic eraser
Murphy's Oil Soap (Undiluted)
I dampened a microfiber cloth with Murphy's Oil soap and scrubbed away. It worked really well and only took bit of scrubbing to get it all off. You will need lots of cloths because the permanent marker almost seems to be an oil that sits on the cloth. I did end up with bright red stained fingers from this method.
I dampened the Magic Eraser with water and scrubbed the permanent marker. It seems to smear the permanent marker across the white board; again it felt like the permanent marker had oil in it. Do you see the shading of the word below?
White Board MarkerMonstermoma recommended scribbling over the entire area of permanent marker with white board marker! You read that right...cover the permanent with white board marker. Guess what, it works. It is not the best solution out of all of them, but it will work if you have no other choice.
Combination Method - Murphy's Oil Soap and Magic EraserI found this to be the best solution to remove the permanent marker. Dampen your magic eraser with Murphy's oil soap and scrub away. It easily removed the permanent marker and the oily film that I struggled with with both of the individual methods.
Ranking of methods to get permanent marker off a white board:
- Combination of Murphy's oil soap and magic eraser
- Murphy's oil soap
- Magic eraser
- White Board Marker technique
So here are some full after shots. I would show you the before images where these boards are completely covered with red permanent marker, but I don't think we need to know my coworkers to do list since we all have long ones ourselves.
Two sparkling clean white boards!
I hope this helps some of you out there; I wish I knew about it when my two kids were really young.
Up next in "Out Damned Spot! Out I Say"....colored candle wax in cream carpet!
Do you have any tips or tricks of your own?