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Removing permanent marker from whiteboards

Have you ever accidentally used a permanent marker on your whiteboard instead of a whiteboard pen?

Mistakes happen, and we know how frustrating it can be when you think you’ve ruined your whiteboard for good.

Some online tutorials recommend using abrasive cleaners or even toothpaste to remove permanent marker, however, it’s best to avoid these as they can destroy the surface of your whiteboard.

Before resigning yourself to using your precious budget to replace the board, however, try these methods:

The drywipe pen method
  • Colour a solid block, using a drywipe pen, over the permanent marker
  • While the ink is still damp, use a whiteboard eraser to wipe the board clean
  • This should remove some of the permanent marker, and can be repeated until all the ink is gone

Why we don’t recommend this: This technique can lead to ghosting and smudging

The hand sanitiser method
  • Apply hand sanitiser (we all have plenty available!) to a clean, soft cloth
  • Rub away the permanent marker
  • Wipe over the area with a dry clean, soft cloth and repeat if necessary

Why we don’t recommend this: Using sanitiser can damage the board surface and the type of cloth you use may leave abrasions on the board surface.


If you purchased a class pack or bulk box of Show-me whiteboards, you would’ve received a free sample bottle of MAGIX.

Follow these simple steps to use:

  1. Remove the drywipe ink using a standard foam or felt eraser – you don’t need to apply a lot of pressure
  2. Gently clean the board surface using a microfibre cloth to remove ink particles
  3. Apply Show-me MAGIX either directly on to the board, or to a cloth which will allow you to control the amount used
  4. Clean the board immediately – if you allow MAGIX to dry, the alcohol evaporates and it won’t be as effective

Top tip: Cleaning a large whiteboard? Don’t spray MAGIX over the entire surface then start cleaning. It’s best to work on a section at a time to prevent the formula from drying out before you reach that part of the board.