Remove Dry Erase Marker from Painted Surfaces

November 16, 2014Allison Murray
Need to remove dry erase marker from a painted surface? See how!

Need to remove dry erase marker from a painted surface? See how!

So back when I worked on my office it seemed a genius idea to use dry erase marker to make maps of everything within the drawers of my filing cabinets. And guess what?!? It was genius until it wasn’t anymore.

When I decided I wanted to wash this stuff I had written off after oh, 10 months or so it wouldn’t come off. First I tried rubbing with my finger, ’cause you know you it’s a dry erase marker. That didn’t work. Next I got my cleaning wipes… didn’t even make a dent in it. After trying tons and tons of things I finally figured it out. Okay, somebody told me after listening to me whine but here is the answer none the less!

Need to remove dry erase marker from a painted surface? See how!

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Here are my cabinets. I spent FOREVER experimenting with this and that and crossing my fingers that the paint wouldn’t be removed! The top right one I used Goo Gone and spent an hour scrubbing it. For real. 60 minutes and you can still see the words and lines and ugh.

Need to remove dry erase marker from a painted surface? See how!

But then I was told to try an old toothbrush and a bit of toothpaste. Look at that! That is hardly any scrubbing at all right there. I know the sigh of relief must have been heard all the way by the next door neighbors.

Need to remove dry erase marker from a painted surface? See how!

You’ll need a little bit of water to help the stuff glide around enough to scrub but it doesn’t take too much effort or time. As an extra bonus my office now smells minty clean! On the downside, my cat Max keeps trying to lick them, too.

So the moral of this story is, when you get dry erase marker on a painted surface, toothpaste and a toothbrush will take care of it in no time flat and you’ll still have all of your paint beneath as it once was!

Comments (2)

  • rachel

    May 24, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    THIS WORKED FOR ME ON MY NEW CABINETS!!! THANK YOU!!!!

    1. Allison Murray

      May 24, 2016 at 1:01 PM

      Yay! I’m so glad :)

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