How to Get Permanent Marker Off Laminate Wood

Permanent marker stains can be a hassle to remove from laminate wood surfaces or wood furniture. Furthermore, it’s important to know which solutions to use to avoid damaging your floors. 

After reading through this post, you’ll be left with a better idea about how to remove permanent marker ink from your laminate floors effectively and without causing damage. 

Baking Soda

  • Combine a tablespoon of baking soda with a teaspoon of either water, lemon juice, or white toothpaste in a small bowl or container.
  • Mix them thoroughly until you form a paste.
  • Apply the mixture onto the stain and use either a cloth or a toothbrush to gently clean the area. Be careful not to scrub the stain too hard as it can scratch it. 
  • Let it sit so that the mixture absorbs into the permanent ink stain for a couple of hours before using a clean rag or paper towel to wipe the area.
  • You may need to repeat this process to remove permanent markers’ stains if they turn out to be particularly stubborn. 

Cooking Oil

  • Add cooking oil or coconut oil to a small bowl and dip a paper towel into the liquid.
  • Make sure to dip the paper towel in quickly, as you don’t want it to be soaked in oil.
  • Wipe the permanent marker stain using the paper towel before leaving it to soak in for a few minutes. This enables the oil to break down the marker stain.
  • You can then use clean paper towels to rub the solution with a circular motion. You may have to repeat these steps if the stain doesn’t come out on the first try.
  • You should also clean the area after by using mild dish soap and water with a damp cloth or damp rag to remove any residue from the ink and oil on your hardwood flooring.

Melamine Foam

  • Make a damp sponge by using warm water.
  • Rub it over the permanent marker stain gently with circular motions. 
  • You may need to put some elbow grease into it if the stain isn’t coming out. However, be sure not to use too much pressure and scrub gently. Otherwise, you run the risk of making the stain deeper.
  • Use a dry cloth to dry the wooden furniture and remove stains completely.

Nail Polish Remover/Rubbing Alcohol

Nail polish remover is an excellent stain remover due to how it contains acetone, which is similar to isopropyl alcohol. However, it’s one of the more abrasive cleaners on this list. Therefore, you may want to gently dab some of the solution on an inconspicuous area of your laminate floor before applying it to a larger surface.

  • Pour your nail polish remover onto a cotton ball. 
  • Clean the stained area with the soaked cotton ball using a circular motion.
  • You may need to use multiple cotton balls.
  • Once the stain disappears, use a clean cloth to wipe the area clean. 

Dry Erase Marker

Dry erase markers can be great for removing permanent markers.

  • Use a dry-erase marker to cover the ink-stained area. 
  • Be sure to wipe the marked area straight away with a clean paper towel.
  • Don’t let the new marker ink dry. The idea is for the new marker ink to dissolve into the old stain to make it easier for you to wipe clean.
  • Use a wet cloth to completely remove the stain.

Also read: How to Get Sharpie off a Desk


If you’ve been having a tough time removing permanent marker stains from your laminate wood flooring, you’ll be feeling more confident about how to tackle the problem going forward. You can also feel more at ease with permanent markers being used at home as you know how to deal with Sharpie marks.

Be sure to try out some of these tips the next time you need to remove permanent marker stains. They’re quick, easy, and highly effective cleaning methods. 

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