My youngest has been really into drawing and coloring lately, which is awesome! We have a ton of crayons, colored pencils, and washable markers at our disposal for all of our artistic musings. Yesterday morning he was hard at work creating a book. He spent all morning coloring and writing his book. When he was done he very proudly showed it to me and read it to me and that's when I saw it...
THE MARKERS BLED THROUGH THE PAPER! No problem! We use washable markers in this house!...wrong. He had decided to go into my drawer and get out the "teacher markers" (read permanent markers).....Hmmmm...So, I went and grabbed my go to cleaner. The kind that a neighbor growing up taught my mom how to make that I use now and it cleans everything. No joy...didn't even come up a little bit.
So, I got to thinking. In my classroom when I need to get permanent markers off of things with a glossy finish I use a dry erase marker. Our kitchen table isn't raw wood. It has a glossy type finish. I figured worse case scenario, I just add a little more art work to the table, right? So, I go grab my handy dandy dry erase marker and start coloring the table and wiping little bits at a time...
Wouldn't you know, it worked! Little by little the permanent marker came off our kitchen table with the help of a dry erase marker and a paper towel! Afterwards I used my normal cleaner to get the residual dry erase marker off the table and it was as good as new!
So, if you have a glossy finish to your table and find yourself in a similar situation, don't fret! Go grab a dry erase marker and a paper towel and give it a try. Hopefully it will work as well for you as it did for me! :)