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How to Remove Felt Tip Pen Marks

Updated April 17, 2017

It is possible to remove marks made with a felt-tip pen with a couple items that are already lying around your home. Felt-tip pins are commonly used to write on such materials as metal and wood, and can be used for art and school projects. Although many felt-tip pins contain permanent ink, items such as hairspray, rubbing alcohol and even a pencil eraser can be used to remove marks off of surfaces. You can remove felt-tip marks in less than 10 minutes.

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  1. Scrub the marked area with a pencil eraser. Not only will the ink be removed, but you won't have an eraser mark left in its place afterward.

  2. Squeeze some toothpaste onto a washcloth, then scrub the felt-tip pen marks off. The chemicals in the toothpaste break down the ink's consistency, allowing it to be removed with the washcloth.

  3. Spray the felt-tip pen mark with hairspray and wait for the ink to dissolve. Rinse the area with water to clean both the ink and hairspray afterward. The chemical compound contained in the hairspray will dissolve the ink, allowing it to be removed.

  4. Dab a cloth with rubbing alcohol and scrub the ink off of the area that has been marked. Alcohol will break down the ink just as the hairspray does, allowing the cloth to remove the marks.

  5. Tip

    Remove felt-tip ink marks from fabric by lying it on a flat surface, then repeat the steps for removing the marks with toothpaste or hairspray.

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Things You'll Need

  • Pencil eraser
  • Cloth
  • Toothpaste
  • Hairspray
  • Rubbing alcohol

About the Author

Based in Florida, Robert Ceville has been writing electronics-based articles since 2009. He has experience as a professional electronic instrument technician and writes primarily online, focusing on topics in electronics, sound design and herbal alternatives to modern medicine. He is pursuing an Associate of Science in information technology from Florida State College of Jacksonville.

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