How to Remove a Dry Erase Marker from Walls

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Dry erase markers are made to erase easily from a specially designed board. Once they are used on a wall, however, it becomes much more difficult to get rid of the unsightly markings. There are a variety of strategies for removing the marks. It is best to try each method on a more obscure area of the wall to see what will work best without damaging the wall surface. In some cases, paint may require retouching after the removal of the markings.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Hairspray
  • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
  • Acetone nail polish remover
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Cotton rag
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Kitchen sponge
  • Classic Sun laundry detergent
  • Napkin or tissue paper
  • Dry erase surface cleaner (any brand)

Methods That May Remove Dry Erase Marker From a Wall

  • Moisten a soft cotton cloth or rag with rubbing alcohol and start gently rubbing the marks. As long as it doesn't seem to be adversely affecting the paint, continue rubbing until entire stain is removed.

  • Spray hairspray on cotton cloth and gently rub the marks on the wall. Do not spray directly on the wall as this is more likely to remove the paint.

  • Follow package instructions and use a moistened Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to gently scrub the mark away. It is important not to scrub too hard as this method has been known for removing paint from the wall.

  • Wet a cotton ball or soft rag with acetone nail polish remover and try gently rubbing the stain away.

  • Apply hand sanitizer to the marks by rubbing them with a soft rag. With this method, it is likely that the paint will need to be retouched after removal of the marker.

  • Put toothpaste on a toothbrush and lightly rub the mark until it is no longer visible.

  • Dampen a kitchen sponge with warm water, ring it out and sprinkle it with Classic Sun Laundry Detergent. Using the soft side of the sponge, begin gently rubbing the stain with the sponge until it is removed.

  • Spray a napkin or tissue paper with dry erase surface cleaner (any brand) and begin rubbing the stain until it is gone.

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  • Photo Credit blue marker image by Maciej Mamro from Fotolia.com
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