Cleaning Pen Ink off Walls

Updated on April 29, 2009
R.L. asks from Eureka, CA
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My son got some roller-ball pen ink on the walls--long story. I scrubbed with Borax and washing soda, but there is still some residual. Any ideas on how to get it out are welcome.
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T.W.

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Let me repeat what has already been said...MAGIC ERASER!!!Trust us there is nothing better, I have even gotten permanent marker off my table, more than once. Good Luck!

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D.G.

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Don't know if it will work but maybe try a little bit of Oxi Clean spray. I know it removes pen from clothes, might work from a wall. I would only put a small amount on or even put some on a sponge and scrub.

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B.R.

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Oh the joys of parenthood! My daughter got ahold of a sharpie pen and went to town on my whole house. I tried everything, fingernail polish remover, Mr. Clean magic erasers (which work pretty good). Not all of it was coming off, then I came upon a suggestion to use this stuff called Sol-U-Mel, it's from a company called Melaluca. A friend of mine had some it works AWESOME! Google the name Sol-u-mel or melaluca and you should be able to find someone that sells it in your community, it is a home based business so you have to find a distributor, but so well worth it. Good luck!

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D.J.

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Try the Mr. Clean Magic eraser. It is amazing...even worked on taking a Sharpie off the wall!!!

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L.M.

answers from San Francisco on

Try hairspray (even the pump type) and a clean, white cloth. I use it to remove ink from wood furniture and my leather purses, but never tried on a wall. Be sure to wash with a little soap after to remove any residue.

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D.M.

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My little boy, who is 2 and a bit draws on everything any time he can get his hand on any sort of writing implement. He took a ball point pen to our wall and hairspray got it out perfectly. It will melt the pen and then just wash off the residue with soap and water. Good luck and keep all pens out of reach from now on. x

M.L.

answers from Redding on

Maybe rubbing alcohol.

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L.S.

answers from San Francisco on

Hi There are these great little sponges magic sponges or miracle sponge-at drug store---been there they even work for sharpee on furniture-L.

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D.G.

answers from San Francisco on

Don't know if it will work but maybe try a little bit of Oxi Clean spray. I know it removes pen from clothes, might work from a wall. I would only put a small amount on or even put some on a sponge and scrub.

L.C.

answers from Yuba City on

Mr Clean Magic eraser is my hero and works wonders! =)

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G.D.

answers from Stockton on

Mr. Clean magic eraser works wonders...it even took permanent red pen off our computer.
Good luck

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R.M.

answers from Bakersfield on

Try using comet. It works great on permanent ink.

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J.A.

answers from San Francisco on

MAGIC ERASERS!! They really work, but don't scrub too hard because it will wear down your paint.

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S.C.

answers from Redding on

magic erasers are the best and the generic ones work just as well!!!

B.R.

answers from Sacramento on

I've also heard Simple Green works on a lot of hard to remove ink on walls.

T.W.

answers from San Francisco on

Let me repeat what has already been said...MAGIC ERASER!!!Trust us there is nothing better, I have even gotten permanent marker off my table, more than once. Good Luck!

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M.S.

answers from Sacramento on

Mr. clean magic eraser. If that doesn't work, try hand sanitizer.

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G.S.

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Magic Eraser...it is a God's send!!

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J.R.

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I agree - magic eraser works...magic!

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L.D.

answers from Modesto on

Hairspray is supposed to take ballpoint ink out of clothing so maybe it would work on walls!

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A.T.

answers from Stockton on

If you have a boy - lock up all non-washable pens, paint, etc. until he's 12!
Then go buy all the Mr. Clean Magic Erasers on your store shelf and use them. Don't get the kind with extra cleanser inside - just the regular one - no chemicals. It works great on walls and trim. the generic versions work too - I tried Safeway's version - but it does crumble to bits faster so I think the few extra cents the real deal costs is worth it.

W.M.

answers from Sacramento on

R.,
If the magic eraser does not work, we used to use a damp sponge and comet, or ajax. Pretty much does the same thing as the magic eraser. You just have to wash the residual off the wall afterwords.
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J.S.

answers from San Francisco on

MR. Clean Magic Eraser.... that thing is amazing!

Good Luck!

L.S.

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Mr Clean magic eraser

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