How to Remove Felt Pen From Wood

A felt pen--also known as a felt-tip penis a writing instrument that looks and writes more like a marker than a pen. The tip of the pen is created with pressed fibres and is filled with quick-drying ink. Felt pens are intended to create marks that cannot be easily removed. If a felt pen is used to mark on wood, removal can be difficult, but not impossible. It is best to remove the felt-pen mark from the wood as soon as you can.

Apply water-displacing spray directly on the felt-pen mark.

Cover the area with cling film and allow it to sit on the wood for 5 minutes.

Dampen a clean sponge with warm water. Add a drop of a liquid dish soap--that does not contain bleach--to the sponge. Rub the soap into the sponge with your finger.

Rub the felt-pen mark with the sponge. Continue scrubbing until the felt-pen mark is no longer visible on the wood.

Spray a non-oily hairspray to the felt-pen mark.

Rub the area with paper towels.

Continue applying the hairspray and rubbing with a clean paper towel until you have removed all traces of the felt-pen mark.


Alternatively, apply rubbing alcohol to a clean cloth and rub the marks until they have been removed.


Test the felt-pen marks on an inconspicuous area of the wood. If damage or discolouration occurs, discontinue use.

Things You'll Need

  • Water-displacing spray
  • Cling film
  • Sponge
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Non-oily hairspray
  • Paper towels
  • Rubbing alcohol
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Amanda Flanigan began writing professionally in 2007. Flanigan has written for various publications, including WV Living and American Craft Council, and has published several eBooks on craft and garden-related subjects. Flanigan completed two writing courses at Pierpont Community and Technical College.