How to Remove Permanent Marker from Wood | Step by Step

Did you know how easy it was to get rid of that marker on your wooden floor or furniture? You will now know!

There is nothing as hurting as your child drawing his favorite cartoon character on your floor or furniture with a marker. If he drew on your shirt, you would just have to change it, but you cant remove your wooden floor, can you? They are just kids and you cannot stop them from being kids. But you can equip yourself with the knowledge to makes right their wrongs. Like you can learn how to get rid of that stubborn marker on the wood. You are asking how that’s possible? This post will give you a step by step description of how easy that is.

how to remove permanent marker from wood

Things You Will Need to Remove Permanent Marker from Wood


  • Toothpaste
  • Paper towel
  • Soapy water
  • Rags
  • Plastic wrap
  • Penetration oil
  • Plastic container
  • Rottenstone
  • Lemon oil
  • Wood polish
  • Soft cloth
  • Plastic spoon

Step By Step Guide for Removing Marker From Wood


Step 1: If the mark is still fresh, take the paper towel and immediately place it on the mark. Press the towel against the mark to completely soak the ink up. Use a different paper towel to ensure everything has been soaked up.

Step 2: Now that your spot is dry, squeeze some toothpaste onto a rag the wipe it around the spot where the marker was drawn. Be gentle as you move the rag around the spot so that you don’t damage the surface.

Step 3: Wash off all the toothpaste from the rag with some clean water. Dip the rag in some soapy water and squeeze off the excess water. Wipe the toothpaste residue with your rag gently but deeply. Dry the surface of the wood with a dry rag.

Step 4: Spray your penetrating oil on the stain and make sure the oil covers the marked spot completely. Take a piece of the plastic wrap and press it over the oil-covered stain. The oils should be allowed to sit for five minutes for it to penetrate into the wood and get rid of the ink.

Step 5: Once again dip the rag is some soapy water squeeze the excess water. Make sure the rag only remains damp but it should not drip water. Remove the plastic wrap from the wood and wipe off the oil from the wood with the damp rag.

You have now probably started seeing some changes. This is good right? But you are not done yet.


Step 6: If the marker is still visible, take a plastic container and put in 1 to 2 tablespoons of rottenstone powder. Add 2 to 3 drops of boiled lemon oil to the powder then stir with a plastic spoon. Make sure you form a thick paste with it. So add some oil or powder if needed.

Use a soft cloth to rub the rottenstone paste on the market spot. Rub it gently and lightly back and forth. It is advisable to move in the same direction as the wood’s grain for uniformity purposes. You don’t want your wooden surface to look like some chemical reaction took place there. Once you notice the marker is gone, stop rubbing the wood.

Tip: As you rub the rottenstone paste, be cautious of the amount of pressure you use. Do not overwork the paste as this may damage or remove the finish of the wood.


Step 7: It is now time to finish up your wood and make it look new again. So spray some wood polish onto the surface. At this point, the marker should not be there. But if it is still visible, rub some polish into the wood with a soft cloth and the surface should now be spotless.

Points to note:

  • It is also important to wear gloves or any protective gears to protect your skin from the rottenstone powder, the wood polish or oil.


  • You should be cautious with the toothpaste you use. For instance, the paste should not contain abrasive particles, chemicals such as fluoride or gel. This normally damages the finish of the wooden surface.

And that is how easy it is to get rid of that stubborn marker stain from any piece of wood. Now as you yell at your child for ruining your wooden floor, you should smile at the back of your mind for knowing how to remove permanent marker from wood.

How to Remove Permanent Marker from Wood | Step by Step
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