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Removing Magic Marker from a Painted Wall

Updated on November 25, 2011

Marker Stains


At one time or another, children decide the world is their canvas and with a magic marker in hand, the painted wall in front of them is their canvas. Doodles, scribbles and drawings in marker end up on your walls. Not exactly the decor you were after. Removing magic marker from the wall can be a challenge because while your main goal may be to remove the marker, some products will also remove the paint. The key to success is to act quickly, unfortunately, you don't also see the artist as he or she is working on their design. Even if the marker has been there a while, you can still remove it.

Use a white paper towel, no designs or colors on the paper towel because the dye from the paper towel can transfer to the wall.

Wipe the doodles, scribbles and drawing from the outside edges to the inside to remove as much marker as possible. With every swipe of the paper towel, refold or turn the paper towel to reveal a fresh, clean side.

Dip a new sheet of paper towel into rubbing alcohol. Start at the outside edge of the magic marker marks and wipe toward the center to avoid smearing the marker all over the wall. With every wipe, wet the paper towel with rubbing alcohol on an unused section and wipe. Continue to wipe away the marker until the wall is clean. Wet a paper towel with water and wipe away the rubbing alcohol residue.


Wet a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser with water and squeeze out the water so the Magic Eraser is just damp. Start at the outside edges of the marker art and wipe toward the middle. Rinse the Magic Eraser often to remove the marker from the eraser. Keep wiping until the marker is gone from the walls.


Blow out the candles and extinguish the cigarettes. Dip the corner of a clean, well worn, white rag into mineral spirits. Wipe the marker stains from the outside edge toward the center. Keep using a clean section of the rag with every pass over the magic marker. Fill a disposable container with water and place the mineral spirits soaked rag into the bucket, submerging it completely and then dispose of the rag and container. Mineral spirits is very flammable; the rag can spontaneously combust. Wash the wall several times with a damp rag or sponge to remove the mineral spirits residue.

Always test a hidden area paint colorfastness before cleaning a large section of the wall.


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    • Escapes profile image

      Escapes 6 years ago

      I know what you mean! My mother too!

    • laurathegentleman profile image

      laurathegentleman 6 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      Very helpful!! I'm sure my mother wishes she hhad read this when I was younger and still guilty of drawing on the walls...