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I have had a disaster with a permanent marker pen in the Tumble Drier, and now the drum/door etc are covered in black ink. All attempts to clean have failed so far - ideas PLEASE!

Posted at 2nd May 2010 - 03:16PM   Posted by Zoe   HELP! Comments: 9

Westerwitch's Avatar Gawd Zoe - I have no idea - but if they don't come off when you try to clean perhaps you will just have to leave it and hope that they won't come off in a dry . . . maybe worth trying with an old towel!

Posted by: Westerwitch on 2nd May 2010 at 03:44PM

Tiggywinkle's Avatar I would be inclined to contact the manufacturer of your machine. I'm sure it has happened often. If you warm up the drum, it might be easier to try to get it off with vegetable oil and mop with kitchen roll. What a bummerRolling Eyes

Posted by: Tiggywinkle on 2nd May 2010 at 03:49PM

No idea, maybe nail varnish remover?
if the ink was on the clothes I'd say soak in milk.. see this post of mine of a while ago..

Good luck anyways..

Posted by: Arcadian advocate on 2nd May 2010 at 04:33PM

CalicoKate's Avatar Have you tried thinners? or maybe WD40?
Let us know what works 'just in case'.
Good luck

Posted by: CalicoKate on 2nd May 2010 at 05:27PM

Faith's Avatar Sorry Zoe I'm laughingLaughing - just the kind of thing I'd do!

Posted by: Faith on 2nd May 2010 at 05:47PM

KittyB's Avatar Nail varnish remover? Surgical spirit? Meths? Turps? I'd give all these a go and see what happens.

Posted by: KittyB on 2nd May 2010 at 06:28PM

Preseli Mags's Avatar Brian used to work for Stabilo Boss - he says try white spirit first.

Another thing to try (which sounds odd) is another permanent marker - rub it over the marks and then wipe off straight away.

If that fails ask in an art shop. Stabilo Boss make a white board cleaner fluid that might work (we've got a huge bottle which I use to clean permanent marker off plant labels - sadly too flammable to post). You should be able to buy it from an art shop - or possibly WHSmith.

Posted by: Preseli Mags on 2nd May 2010 at 09:11PM

Peterwf's Avatar I would try white spirit, BUT let it dry and have an airing before you run the machine.

It remind me of when I tumbled a bri-nylon nighty, spent hours chipping the remains off the drum....

Posted by: Peterwf on 2nd May 2010 at 10:23PM

Patsy's Avatar Ten years ago we moved into a new built house, everything was brand spanking new, the magnolia walls a tempting blank canvas. That is until our four year old, unobserved while we unpacked boxes, took one of the removal men’s marker pens and squiggled all over the guest room walls, “to make it look pretty for grandma”. While the squiggles were a huge improvement on the magnolia (sorry I think they call it “white chocolate” now) he also wrote all over the varnished oak doors; I was certain the doors would have to come off and be sanded etc.
But I was in luck. The only thing that removed the ink from the wooden door? White Wizzard cleaner from good old Lakeland. Worked like a charm.
Worth a try?

Posted by: Patsy on 3rd May 2010 at 11:07PM

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