Raising children is a war and in war there’s sure to be collateral damage. Case in point: this DIY-daddy’s thousand-dollar dining table, which carried the mark of a little devil before it was cleaned off with a nifty household trick. The home improvement experts at Stack Exchange have the answer(s).
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I have a three-year-old daughter. I left a black permanent marker out. The rest is history, and it seems to be, well, permanent.
See the image to the right. The top circled area shows one mark. The bottom circle shows what happened when my wife tried to scrub another mark off. Now it’s permanently scuffed.
See here for a full description of the table we’re working with.
Answer: Use Isopropyl Alcohol (Or Booze)
Permanent marker can often be removed with isopropyl alcohol. First, assuming you still have the markers, try using isopropyl alcohol to remove it from a test surface. If it works, then try on the underside of your table to ensure it does not damage the finish. If it is safe, then go for it.
Comment by a few other ways to remove graffiti.
Answer: Power Sand
If your furniture is unsealed, the ink has likely permeated into the grain. In the end, it might come down to getting out the power sander.
Accepted Answer: I Figured It Out (Toothpaste)
Thanks everyone! Before I could even read any suggestions, my wife went ahead and tried using toothpaste over the mark and it has removed it well enough. Go figure. I don’t even know where she found that idea, I don’t like taking gambles like that, but it worked. We’ll leave the scuff mark, for now.
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