Permanent Marker + Whiteboard = No Problem!
It’s happened to all of us. You’re writing on a dry erase board and look down in horror to discover that you’re holding a permanent marker. Have no fear, the solution is quite simple.
Solution #1: The Easy Fix
Pick up a dry erase marker and write over the permanent marker – make sure you cover it all. Then simply erase. The marks should come right off. You may have to repeat the process or let the ink sit for 5 minutes before erasing. (FYI - The same technique works for ghost marks left when dry erase ink sits on the board too long.)
Solution #2: The MacGyver Method
Can’t find a dry erase marker? Or have so much area to cover that this would be tedious? I’ve been told that any of these products will also work.
- Aerosol deodorant (not antiperspirant)
- Rubbing alcohol
- Any cola beverage
- Pencil eraser (be careful not to scratch the board)
- Deep pore cleanser
- Nail polish remover (this can ruin some surfaces so test it on a small patch first)
Written by Sarah Stocker
Sarah Stocker graduated from Bowling Green State University with a BA in Communication. After college, she spent the first five years working as a stage manager for various theatres in Ohio. After moving to Chicago, she worked as a contractor for several Chicago companies, first stage managing corporate theatre productions and then as a project and logistics coordinator for customized training seminars. She came to Turpin in 2005 as a camera operator, then progressed to her Workshop Coordinator and Coach roles. Sarah managed the creation of Turpin’s eCoach.