- Use a solvent such as rubbing alcohol. Solvents or solvent-containing fluids dissolve the chemicals in the marker stain. Apply the solvent using a cotton ball or cotton swab. Wait one minute and wipe with a clean ball or swab. If the marker remains, repeat.
- Run a small bead of toothpaste across the mark and rub the toothpaste into the mark gently with a soft-bristled, scratch-resistant brush. Toothpaste contains ingredients such as silica that wear the stain away through mild abrasion with light friction or rubbing.
- Mix equal parts of water and baking soda to use as another slightly abrasive cleaner. Apply the paste to any permanent marker stains and rub gently into the stains in the direction of the wood grain with a soft-bristled, scratch-resistant brush or pad.
- Create another abrasive paste by mixing a few drops of water with powdered pumice. As with any abrasive, take care not to scratch the surface of your hardwood floors when rubbing the stain with this paste.
- Try a damp melamine resin foam eraser if all else fails. Keep in mind that melamine can remove a stain with "mild" abrasion, but that with enough pressure it can also scratch surfaces. Microscopically melamine resin foam erasers have extremely hard surfaces similar to glass, but combine the structure of the eraser and the application of water, and the eraser softens and acts like fine-grade sandpaper.
Things You Will Need
- Rubbing alcohol
- Cotton balls or swabs
- Soft-bristled brush or pad
- Baking soda
- Powdered pumice
- Melamine resin foam eraser
- Before using a wet method to remove permanent marker, try a rectangular pink artist's eraser. The main ingredient in an eraser, besides rubber, is pumice. As the pumice wears at the stain, the rubber pulls or slides it away from the surface.