How to Erase Permanent Marker from a White Board

Yup, we’ve all done it — with great enthusiasm we write our incredible marketing wisdom on the white board. Our client is stunned by our brilliance and breathless for the next point. To make room, we take our dry eraser to sweep the words into oblivion but, gulp, looks like they have been enshrined in stone for eternity. We used a permanent marker on the client’s white board!

I did this today — on my own white board fortunately. It turns out there are a couple of ways to remove it. Alcohol does not work but these do:

  • nail polish remover
  • taking a dry erase marker and write over the offending marks. Then wipe with the usual board cleaner

I suppose in a client meeting you might not have nail polish remover. Its not something I carry around but a dry erase marker I usually have.


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