How to Remove Dry Erase Marker Stains From Metal, Boards, Clothing, Doors and Walls

Updated February 16, 2017

Dry erase markers contain pigments and release agents that allow them to wipe off hard, nonporous surfaces, such as glass, melamine and porcelain, according to Expo Markers website. The pigments, unfortunately, become trapped in porous materials such as fabric and wood and are difficult to remove. Products such as alcohol and a water-soluble wood cleaner may lift the stains with a little elbow grease.

Lay a clean, white cloth on the inside of the garment, under the stain.

Dab the toothbrush in the wood cleaner, such as Murphy Oil Soap, and apply it gently to the dry erase marker stain.

Blot the stain with a clean cloth. Colour from the ink should begin to transfer to the cloth, as well as the cloth inside the garment.

Rinse and repeat if necessary. Rub any remaining residue with a stain treatment stick.

Wash the clothing in a normal wash cycle with heavy-duty liquid washing powder.

Dab a clean cloth in rubbing alcohol.

Wipe the stain with the alcohol-infused cloth or rub the stain with a alcohol wipe.

Apply wood cleaner to a clean cloth and rub the surface again.

Wipe the stained area with a damp cloth to remove any cleaner residue.


Always test any stain removal product on an inconspicuous surface. Try a dry tissue or eraser to remove dry erase marker stains from metal. The marker should come off nonporous metals.

Things You'll Need

  • Wood cleaner
  • Toothbrush
  • Stain treatment stick
  • Heavy-duty liquid detergent
  • Rubbing alcohol or alcohol wipes
  • Clean cloths
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