Sharpies

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  1. Go 4th

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    I am moving into a classroom that was previously owned by a teacher who felt the need to write her name on everything, including the desk. Talk about possessive! Anyway--does anyone know what will remove sharpie marker from stuff??
     
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    For plastic, you can try rubbing alcohol.
    If it is wood, you may have to sand it and restain.
    On walls-try a Magic Eraser.
     
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    I forgot about those Magic Erasers. Thank you!!
     
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    Yes, magic erasers. They take sharpie off of pretty much anything. I find that they work well dry on sharpie.
     
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    Rubbing alcohol.
     
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    Goo Gone
     
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    Thanks all! I never would have thought of Goo Gone! This lady even wrote her name on the kidney table!!! I was tempted to write Mrs. **** was here, but now she's gone! :)
     
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    Goo Gone also makes a "Goo Gone Extreme" or something like that..
    they sell it in the paint section at Wal-Mart. I used it to get latex paint off of things.
     
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    Lysol Spray works in a pinch. Hand sanitizer does as well.
     
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    dry erase board cleaner also works great!
     
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    On laminated materials, scribble a dry erase marker over the sharpie. Then wipe off with an eraser or dry paper towel. Works like magic...don't know why, though!! :) Used to get so upset when my kids would use a sharpie instead of a Visavis marker on my laminated charts and such...never yelled at them, BUT wanted to!! :) Learning about how a dry erase marker will take it off here on AtoZ was one of the best tips ever!! :)
     
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    I had a little graffiti artist last year who used a sharpie. We tried everything to get it off, it was on wood, textbooks, and the linolium (sp). I finally talked to our custodian. He walked in with something made specifically for vandalism and it was gone in a minute. Ask your custodian.
     
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    Oh, emonkey, that reminds me...our custodians have something they call "the orange stuff" that is so strong, they won't let us touch it. Mine got fingernail polish off my floor with it. (No I wasn't using polish in class, my dd got one of those little girl kits at the Christmas party, came to my room, and spilled it. At least it was at school and not on the living room carpet! ;))
     
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    Fortunately for you, Sharpies are not nearly as permanent as the users would like them to be. I find mine often rub off unintentionally from some really non-porous surfaces. (At one point we had possession confusion, so I initialed my kids' pens with Sharpies. I had to re-do it about once a week)
     
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    I'm guilty of the same thing because if you don't write your name on it, all of your stuff ends up scattered all over the school. I even write my room # on all of the student desks. I have had other teachers take my desks OUT OF MY CLASSROOM to put in theirs before.

    Dry erase board cleaner will take some of permanent marker off certain items. Of course you could always cover the teacher's desk with a pretty patterened contact paper that you like. That is what I do. I can't stand looking at the drab brown top of my desk!
     
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    Fingernail Polish Remover will take permanent marker off also. Just be careful to not leave the remover on too long as it has a tendency to take the finish off. But in a pinch, it'll work.

    I am getting to be the same way with labelling everything. If you don't, it'll disappear WAY TOO FAST!
     
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    Thanks everyone!! I am on my way to try some of the ideas now!
     
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    We're TOLD to write our names on our items with Sharpie marker!
     
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    I don't see how you can permanently mark your name on things that don't actually belong to you. Things that should stay in the classroom but do not belong to you personally should be marked with the room number.
     

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