Daily Archives: January 19, 2012

I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to my writing implements. I like pens and fine tipped markers in black ink only. Lately, my pen of choice is a Uni-Ball Vision Elite 0.8mm Bold in black ink. Though, my Sharpie Fine Point Permanent Marker is always on standby should the job call for it. Manila envelops, labels, and nametags just look better when a Sharpie is used. These markers have one part professional gravitas, one part youthful mischief, and one part pure swag. They are magic and I love them!

Except when they bleed through the paper and stain my desk. Permanent marker stains give me the hardcore whams – I hate them! I just can’t bring myself to quit my Sharpie habit. The fact that my desk looks like it has track marks brings me to tears, but my discerning taste for fine writing implements continues to threaten the future of my desk and other furniture deemed suitable as writing surfaces. What to do?!

In lieu of an impending intervention that played out in my mind like the scene from Beauty and the Beast when the furniture fights back, I came upon my salvation. I discovered a quick solution for getting rid of permanent marker stains on surfaces – TOOTHPASTE! Yup, regular toothpaste (not the gel kind) will clean most surfaces of those unfortunate run-ins with permanent markers.

  1. Apply a generous amount of toothpaste and rub into the stained surface with a paper towel or cloth.
  2. Allow the toothpaste to set for a minute or two on the stain.
  3. With a soapy and damp paper towel or cloth, scrub the toothpaste and stain away – Voilà! The stain is gone.

Sharpie fans need not fret; the senselessly marked innocents of permanent markers are no longer stigmatized by your folly. These presumably permanent spots are out, out, out and it’s all thanks to this Quicker Fixer Upper. All it takes is a little elbow grease and some toothpaste. You’ll be having your desk looking new in no time and smelling minty fresh.

Post authored by Josh Schulteis

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