How to get Sharpie Marker off the Wall

Four Ways to Get Sharpie or Permanent Marker off a Wall

Few things are as difficult to remove from the wall as permanent marker. But when junior marks up your foyer with sharpies, don’t fear; it can be remedied.

Here are some things you’ll likely find around the house that you can use to remove the so called permanent marks from the wall.

• Hand Sanitizer Gel

• Rubbing Alcohol

• Acetone Nail Polish Remover

• Hairspray

All of the above solvents are pretty harsh and will also remove the paint from your walls if you aren’t careful.

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  1. 11

    I love these! The hand sanitizer trick worked perfectly! And also didnt take the paint off my wall!

  2. 12

    hand sanitizer worked first go . Thank you :)

  3. 13

    I used hand sanitizer first and it was a serious struggle, switched to hair spray, not much better. Switched to rubbing alcohol and bam – it came right off. Perhaps a combo of the chemicals at that point, as I believe I tried with alcohol before and it was slow going on these same permanent marker lines drawn by my 2 year old.

  4. 14

    me and my friends were coloring.. my friend turned and hi the wall.. the hand sanitizer did great… it got the stain right off without even noticing it

  5. 15
    socc3rgirl says:

    This is so hekpful thanks!

  6. 16

    O.M.GEEEEEEEE Thanks so much for this! My husband fell asleep on the couch and our 3 year old was in sharpie heaven. I walked in the house to find a sharpie mural on the wall as well as my BRAND NEW yellow television stand. Hmmph. It’s also on the sofa, but I’m not too concerned about that. Thanks again!

    • 17
      Amanda Wynant says:

      wow. i’m hoping it all comes off well. please let me know how it goes! and if you have any stubborn spots, reply on this post and i’ll be happy to offer some more tips.
      also – depending on the type of sofa (fabric, etc) a bit of straight rubbing alcohol may help on that as well. (spot test behind a cushion first – for color fastness).
      take good care & thanks for your feedback!

  7. 18

    Indoor house paint on your carpet…..use scissors,a knife or something sharp to separate the carpet. Use wd-40 let sit for about 5 or so minutes. Scrub good with a white towel. You can also use straight laundry detergent to get out what wd-40 doesn’t. Apply detergent directly to the spot, let soak, then use a clean towel and water to get it up. Hope this helps someone.

  8. 19
    Brittany says:

    Thanks for the tip! Hand sanitizer worked best for me! Be careful though those using it because it took some paint off with it.

  9. 20

    I like how you can use different things my sister put sharpie on the wall and it came off