Permanent markers might seem tough to get off smooth surfaces, like screens, but it doesn't always have to stay there.
You probably have something in your home right now that can help remove it. A dry erase marker, toothpaste, or rubbing alcohol often do the trick.
With a gentle approach and the proper cleaning method, you can get your TV looking spotless again.
Continue reading for a simple step-by-step guide to tackle those stubborn marks.
4 Ways to Remove Permanent Markers from a Television Screen
Here are tried and tested methods to help you remove permanent marker stains from your TV screen.
Before you begin with any of these methods, ensure that your television is turned off to prevent any electrical hazard or damage to the screen.
Dry Erase Marker
A surprising yet effective solution is to use a dry erase marker. Simply use the dry erase marker to cover the permanent marker stain, then wipe it off with a dry cloth.
Make sure to work in small, light, circular motions to remove the permanent marker.
Toothpaste is another household item that can help you remove permanent marker stains from your TV screen.
For this DIY fix, non-abrasive, non-gel white toothpaste is your safest bet because it's less likely to discolor your screen than other varieties.
Just apply a dab of toothpaste on your fingertip, gently rub it over the marked areas on your screen, and then wipe it off with a soft cloth once the ink starts to lift.
White toothpaste is gentle, so you can use it on your computer screen, too!
Another effective cleaning method involves using rubbing alcohol.
A 70% isopropyl solution can typically do the work. Simply apply the alcohol sparingly, using a soft, lint-free cloth.
However, if you're using 99% IPA, it should be used cautiously, as this tends to be more concentrated and can be more aggressive in dissolving substances on the screen.
If this is the case, take a spray bottle and mix half water and half alcohol. Shake it lightly to mix them up.
Spray the diluted alcohol onto a soft, lint-free cloth until slightly damp - not soggy. Gently rub this cloth on the affected area of your TV screen, using only light pressure to avoid damage.
You might need to spray the cloth a few times to keep it damp while rubbing the marker away.
After the marker is gone, grab another fresh, lint-free cloth and wipe the screen down to dry it off.
Note: Be cautious with the amount of alcohol used. Too much can damage the screen. Always use a diluted solution and apply it sparingly.
Use a Permanent Marker Remover
If you're worried about using alcohol on your TV, try a no-alcohol cleaner like AF Permanent Ink Remove Spray.
Just spray it on a soft cloth and gently rub the area repeatedly until the ink is gone.
What You Should Avoid Using
When removing permanent markers from your television screen, it's worth noting some specific cleaning products that can cause more harm than good.
Here are some things you should avoid using:
Acetone may be effective for some stubborn stains, but it's not suitable for your TV screen.
Acetone can strip away protective coatings and leave the screen vulnerable to further damage.
Bleach is also a harsh cleaning agent that should never be used on your television screen. It can cause discoloration, damage the coating, and even corrode the screen itself.
Glass cleaners often contain chemicals like ammonia or alcohol that can harm the delicate screen surface, leaving residues or causing cloudiness.
You can find out more about the risks of using glass cleaners in this post.
While convenient, paper towels have a texture that can be too abrasive for the delicate surface of your TV screen.
They can leave micro-scratches, which can accumulate over time and degrade the image quality.
Paper towels can also leave behind lint, which not only looks unsightly but can also interfere with the viewing experience.
Making Sure Your DIY Solution Doesn't Damage Your Screen
As you explore various DIY cleaning methods, it's essential to remember that television screens differ in their make and sensitivity.
A diluted isopropyl alcohol solution might be safe, but this should not be part of your regular cleaning routine.
Modern LCD, LED, or plasma screens have delicate plastic surfaces and coatings sensitive to harsh chemicals.
Always test a small, inconspicuous area of your television screen first to ensure it won't cause any harm or discoloration.