Dry erase marker on the wall

Denikka - posted on 08/29/2011 ( 42 moms have responded )

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Okay..not what you might think (although tips for removal would be great :D )
It JUST happened, so I haven't had a chance to really try anything, although I will be going out later to get some Mr. Clean magic erasers. We'll see how that works.

My problem is this:
I live in a rental house. If I can get it ALL off, no problem, no worries. But if I can't...what's the protocol on this?
Do I tell my landlord right away?
Do I leave it (after cleaning) and wait till we move out?
Do I paint over it and not tell the landlord (I could actually probably get away this one)
Do I tell him and offer to paint the wall?

What do you think?

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STEPHANIE - posted on 08/31/2011

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Murphys oil soap takes it out of clothes, you could try it. I doubt your landlord even cares as long as when your gone, the marks are gone too... wait to paint, as im sure this wont be the last mark that gets made on the wall;)

~♥Little Miss - posted on 08/30/2011

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Paint it. But wait. Don't bother doing it now until you are ready to move out. I am sure there will be plenty more spots you will find. If it happened once, it will happen again. Just touch up the spots that need it. Usually, they repaint apartments before new tenants move in anyway.

Kristin - posted on 08/30/2011

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If you don't have all of those things you can try baking soda. does a pretty amazing job of cleaning stuff, just mix with a little water, and if that doesn't work, a little vinegar.

When we were renting my daughter ripped a patch of wallpaper off the walls. It was already marked where she pulled it from, so we just stuck it back on. We were quite happy to arrange something if the landlord cared when we moved out, but they didn't notice and we didn't point it out. The paper was already a little torn there, so we figured it just fit in.

Then we moved into our own place, and within 3 days she drew all over the back porch with permanent marker. I tried nail polish remover to get it off and made a bigger mess, now we have to paint. :-(

Pamela - posted on 08/29/2011

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Don't buy a Mr. Clean magic eraser. Buy the liquid cleaner they sell to teachers and schools that removes the dry erase markings from the white boards. It should also work on the walls.

If you cannot find it in stores where you live, buy rubbing alcohol. It cleans a lot of things and costs less than tools like magic eraser.

If unable to remove the markings, (depending on how bad/big it is) inform your landlord and offer to paint over.
Most states have a "reasonable wear and tear" clause that covers rental units and the markings (if they do not cover the walls) could be considered such.

BTW, most efficient landlords repaint units when the wear and tear starts to show anyway.

You may be giving in to your fears a little too quickly.

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Perhaps you Jane speak of how YOU feel and what YOU prefer but not of what you KNOW. And if you read the ORIGINAL question she was asking what to do TO SOLVE THE ISSUE at HER cost!!

And furthermore I do not need your "SORRY's". I LOVE being a mother - and a single one at that and my rental situation is my own, and has been that way for 18 years. So MAYBE I TOO know of what I speak. But it is comments like yours "maybe that's why most people don't like renting to families with children" that give landlords a bad name. You can back pedal all you like now - but what you said, you said, and yes DEFINITELY struck ALOT of nerves. And as I stated SOME tenants can make bigger messes than others - be it children, young adults or just plain lazy individuals! If SOME landlords were smarter they would spend the extra bit of money in the beginning and use a high quality, washable paint instead of opting for the cheap stuff that comes off on the cloth with soap and water, AND WILL SAVE everyone MONEY IN THE LONG RUN.

But hey that's just MY OPINION.

Jane - posted on 04/30/2012

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Hilarious that this post keeps coming up. Sorry you are a single mother. Sorry you have to rent. Not my fault. I don't know any landlord who prefers family with kids to single or couples. I currently rent to several families with kids; however, we are in a business, and families with kids are harder on the property. Nothing wrong with kids--I have them, too, but they do make bigger messes and write on walls, etc. that my single/couple renters don't. If you reread my post, you will see that my original issue was calling this "normal" wear and tear. If the tenant was willing to cover the costs and/or attempt to remedy the situation, there was no issue. Sorry some of you misread (go back--reread my original comment) my comment. Obviously, I certainly struck a few nerves. BTW, I have been a landlord for nearly 20 years and currently own seven rentals, so perhaps I know of what I speak.

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I am not sure WHO or WHERE you rent to Jane Rummel, but I was also incredibly offended by your post - ESPECIALLY being a single mother of three children - and ONLY being able to RENT at this time. MOST landlords PREFER to rent to families over singles as writing on walls etc IS normal wear and tear - compared to the damage that can be inflicted by non-family orientated renters that prefer to party - or just not bother with the upkeep of their rental unit! And if the tenant is willing to cover the costs and attemp to remedy the situation, then what is the issue????

Accidents happen - that is life - and ANY landlord that does not recognise this are just inconsiderate asses. Period.

Lauren - posted on 04/29/2012

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HAIRSPRAY!!!!!! it works wonders! my 5 year old daughter got it on her desk that we panted white 2 years ago. We put hairspray on it and BOOM it was gone!

Alexandra - posted on 09/01/2011

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i would clean it now and deal with the left overs later. it's not like it's not going to probably happen again! haha.

Nonie - posted on 09/01/2011

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Simple Green! I raised 5 kids & they ALL wrote on the walls with everything! Simple green is the best you can use. spray it on & let it set for about a minute, then use the green side of "scotch-brite- no scratch sponge". it Will come off, I washed off crayons, permit markers, water base paint, etc. Hope this help...

Jeanne - posted on 08/31/2011

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Use a steel wool or SOS or brillo pad , Use it dry first rub across it. Then use magic eraser. Then slightly dampen with water and wipe across again and wipe away gone . Plus my walls were so white after. Everyone was inpressed with them. Did not remove the paint either. This worked on my brand new refinished floors that were just refinished and shined. When he put scotch tape on his floor to make a square. This worked when My son wrote his name all over his walls. I tried everything to get it off. I was there for severla months before I finally used this trick.

Vanessa - posted on 08/31/2011

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I often deal with graffiti removal on public art. I would suggest methylated spirits. If you still have some marks remaining, dont try painting over them right away. They will fade, so if you have a reasonably long lease there may be nothing left of them by the time you go.

Gaynor-Marie - posted on 08/31/2011

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My son drew on a door with permanent marker.
We used a laundry stain stick. Sard wonder sticks are the best but use whatever brand they sell in your area.

Liezl - posted on 08/31/2011

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use a non permanent/white board marker...just scribble over the afected areas & wipe it off...it works wonders on white boards & did the trick when my 2 year old wrote on my walls.

Leanne - posted on 08/31/2011

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Doktor Power - miracle worker every time! - Available on Amazon - very reasonably priced too! I buy it in bulk with my two little ones ... try it!

Tracy - posted on 08/31/2011

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Use a toothbrush if there is a deep texture. Use a paste like the Oxi Clean, Baking Soda, or you might want to try BIZ bleach. A paste with a bleach additive might help bleach it out.

Tiffany - posted on 08/31/2011

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Had the same problem. Magic Easers took it all off. Those things are amazing.

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if the magic eraser doesn't work (those are really great) try Lestoil, I have gotten all sorts of marker off with that. It smells like petroleum, but hey it may save you a paint job. There is also a product called oops that works well. If it doesnt come out, I would paint over it first using a stain sealer so the stain does not bleed through. and if you have the same color paint as the wall just touch it up. I would only tell the landlord if you cant get it off or cover it. Its not like its water or damage.

Jessica - posted on 08/31/2011

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Just try to get it out as best you can. If it doesn't come out, As a landlord myself, I'd just call and let them know kids wrote on the wall...tried to get it out, how would you like me to address it. You may be surprised that they'll tell you they planned on painting anyhow.

Sue - posted on 08/31/2011

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I read somewhere if you have crayon on the wall that a baby wipe will remove it. I don't know if it would work for you it can't hurt to try.

Jennifer - posted on 08/31/2011

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Make a paste out of oxi clean and water and rub it on until all the marks come off. this should take them all off :)

Angela - posted on 08/31/2011

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What Marina said :) Also when you move out you can just ask if they want you to paint it or not. I know if I had to paint any ways I would not worry unless it was excessive and could not be covered by regular paint job easily.

Rebecca - posted on 08/30/2011

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Magic eraser will work. Got permanent marker off a textured wall with it fairly easily.

Danielle - posted on 08/30/2011

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If you don't have a magic eraser, perhaps you have some oven cleaner. Yes, over cleaner works very well on all of those crayons, markers, pens, etc... Of course, the fumes are harsh so don't do it with baby around, but it really works without leaving streaks also.

Amy - posted on 08/30/2011

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Try Goof Off Degreaser in spray bottle. I swear by this stuff just a little at a time. I managed to get black sharpie off my cream colored wall. I also love magic erasers too but they don't always work on the walls.

Martha - posted on 08/30/2011

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My daughter got permanant marker on my brand new counter top (Corian) and the magic eraser took it right off. Be careful with the magic eraser on paint though, depending on the paint it can take the pigment off the wall. However easier to paint over the white wall left over than marker. The other thing you can try is a product called Goof Off. We have used it for other applications, not marker, however they claim it will remove permanant marker from anything. Good luck!

Jane - posted on 08/30/2011

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Perhaps you should reread the posts and see about people who think it is normal wear and tear. Amazing that you can figure that I don't like children from these posts. You must be pretty perceptive. Also, I own 6 rentals and, without exception, my renters are delighted to be renting from us because of the way we treat them and work with them. Now I'll go chill! lol

Stacy - posted on 08/30/2011

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Jane, I don't think you are understanding our posts. Nobody said it was normal or that we were going to "hide" it. My point was that most landlords are understanding, if you bring it up to them and they won't be mad or freak out, not that they think it's acceptable. My statement above regarding leaving it because the landlord will usually have the unit painted was only after discussing it with the landlord. I also said that there are easy ways to take care of the problem, which I don't feel are ways to "hide" it but rather "fix" it. You come across like you are not understanding nor like kids. I think your last post was unnecessary. Chill out.

Jane - posted on 08/30/2011

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Maybe that is why people don't want to rent to families with children if you think marker on wall is normal wear and tear. And hiding from landlord seems pointless. If you have corrected the problem, good for you.

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Apply a stain blocker from your local hardware/paint store. If your wall is white, the landlord will never know. And it should not matter, normal ware and tare is legal, and should be expected at a family rental.

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Most reasonable landlords that rent to tenants with children should expect these things - and shouldn't be asses if the tenant has made every viable effort to remove such 'accidents'. That being said - I used the magic eraser on everything - crayon, marker, pencils on desks (stuff actually doesn't just erase!!). I swear by it - and if some paint is removed it usually isn't enough to notice. Then after is all said and done - you can discuss alternate arrangements IF he decides to point it out, during your walk through.

Heather - posted on 08/30/2011

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Goo Be gone. If not, try Simple Green. If that doesn't work, then try the Magic Eraser sponge thing, but I heard that can take paint off of walls.

Don't tell the landlord, yet.

Betty - posted on 08/30/2011

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TOOTHPASTE!!!! i know, sounds strange but trust me IT WORKS!!!! i bought a kitchen set of of kijiji and it had some permanent marker on it, and i just assumed i would never be able to get it off, but then someone told me to try toothpaste and i was AMAZED at how easy it came off! good luck!! :)

Jane - posted on 08/30/2011

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I am a landlord and marker on the walls doesn't come under normal wear and tear in my opinion. I would appreciate the tenant painting and taking care of his responsibility!

Stacy - posted on 08/30/2011

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I agree with Pamela. Magic Eraser does work wonders, but I used one recently on the walls in my apartment on crayon that my son colored on the walls with and the paint started to come off too.
Most landlords expect to have this type of stuff happen and are usually good about dealing with these issues. My apartment complex will give you the paint they use so it matches as long as you provide a container for them to put it in. Either that or they will just paint over it after you leave as most apartments get painted before every new tenant.

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I had permeant marker on a door when we moved in the our apartment. I used nail polish remover on it. It did strip a bit of the paint, but because I used a Q-tip it didn't do much. Our landlord obviously knew about the mark, it just drove me insane and I had to get rid of it.

I don't see why you would need to tell the landlord if you plan on painting over it.

Denikka - posted on 08/29/2011

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Already tried the baby wipes XD and glass cleaner. First thing I did :P
The problem is that the wall has a slight texture to it. And I would say that the paint they used was probably about the cheapest/crappiest stuff on the market 20+ years ago XP
At least there's SOME improvement. Instead of bright red marker, now it's a faded pinky color XD

Kate CP - posted on 08/29/2011

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Should come off pretty easy, actually. Try baby wipes if the magic eraser doesn't work.

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