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    My 2 year old daughter decided to unleash the Da Vinci within her and took black sharpie (Permanent marker) and colored on her dresser. So the question is: how do i get it off? Oh, and while we are at it, how do get pen marks off a computer screen?


    I am concerned that alcohol might damage the dresser. Try a little on a cotton swab in an inconspicuous place. I would ask a furniture store if they had a recommendation for this. I had another thought just this second – have you tried a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser? Try using it, again, on an inconspicuous area, to make sure it does not harm the finish of the furniture. I have used it to clean my walls from all sorts of stains, successfully.


    As strange as this may sound, try using “OFF” bug spray. I don’t know what’s in it, but I used it once more or less by accident when there was permanent marker, and I found that it worked.


    Try toothpaste and a toothbrush to get the Sharpie off the furniture. Nice thing about this is it improves most finishes. Also, cooking oil sprays sometimes work.

    If you are cleaning the computer screen with anything liquid, put it on a soft cloth and clean the screen with the cloth. Don’t put anything wet directly on the screen.

    Can he clean a kitchen sink?

    Quicker than a wink.

    Can he clean a window sash?

    Faster than a flash.

    Can he clean a dirty mirror?

    He’ll make it bright and clearer.

    Can he clean a diamond ring?

    Mr. Clean cleans anything.


    Rubbing alcohol or hair spray usually help,you need to test in a inconspicuous area first they may remove more of the finish from furniture then you would like. Good luck.


    for the wall try mr clean magic eraser


    try using the mr clean magic eraser for the walls


    try spray-on cooking vegetable oil for the furniture. Also try toothpaste applied and scrubbed with a toothbrush.

    Try rubbing alcohol, put on a cloth first, and then used to clean the monitor.



    There are suggestions to use WD40, nail-polish-remover, acetone, Magic Eraser, alcohol, and many more products.

    Personally, we’ve used WD40 for crayon on walls, and nail-polish-remover for ink on vinyl chairs, both with excellent results.

    Ink on computer screen

    Magic Eraser seems to get rave reviews from several posters for its ink-removing abilities.

    note: The above info was culled from Google searches for “remove sharpie stain” and “remove ink computer monitor”. This type of “how to” info is what Google excels at. I strongly suggest googling the questions yourself to see firsthand the experience others have had with your clean-up issues, as well as a much more comprehensive list of ideas.


    The (mr. clean) magic eraser has worked wonders on crayons in my house.

    rubbing alchohol has worked for pen on a screen for me. put some on a cloth and rub as gently as possible to remove it.


    Anytime I need to remove stains from clothing I always use Oxyclean. Get the real brand Oxyclean not something that says oxygen lifting formula. Use real hot water. Do not try this on taffeta or silk.


    CoH; Definitely Alcohol for any polished surface like glass, plastic, etc..

    wood, if it is not finished i’m not sure it will work as well,

    but it wont ruin non treated wood. However with your dresser i’m not sure

    if the finish will get ruined. If it’s painted, it shouldn’t be a problem.

    To be on the safe side though, I suggest trying it out on a small

    non visible area, like inside the dresser, first.



    Icot; I’m so sorry just read your post after I posted.

    CoH; you can disregard my babbling…




    Thanks to every one for the great suggestions. I actually used rubbing alchahol for both (the sharpie and the pen) and they were both effective. The alchahol did ruin the wood a little but the sharpie was more unsightly so I don’t really mind. Thanks again!!


    If the treatments ruin the finish of the dresser I suggest a trip to Home Despot or a lumber store which caters to cabinetmakers and serious hobbyists. Or talk to a friendly furniture refinisher. Bring a sample of the wood such as dresser drawer if you can. They will be able to tell you what stain to use to match what’s already there. #100 grit sandpaper, sealer and the right stain only take a few hours to apply. I recommend at least two coats with enough time to dry between.

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