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Sunday, November 18, 2012

No More Name Plates

The most frequently asked question when visitors come to my room is "What did you use to write the names on your desks?"




Well, my friends, I can't stand name plates. Nope, don't like them at all! The kids pick at them, tear them, write on them, and they basically look a mess!

So, my teacher buddy (Kathy at Kathy's Coordinated Class) and I came up with the PeRfEcT solution...

Sharpie Paint Pens!




These pens rock!!

They are like your typical Paint Pen (shake and shake and shake, press and press and press and finally paint starts flowing).

The best part is - they don't wipe off! Yep, that's right! They stay put, no mess, no fuss.

So...

my second most asked question is "How does it come off?"

Let me tell you my friend it is simple!

Just rub well with an Expo marker, wipe clean with a Kleenex, and voila! It is gone!

If you are still seeing some of the Sharpie or the Expo marker, add a dab of hand sanitizer to the tissue and wipe a second time.

I have a video on this technique on my Facebook page. Be sure to follow me - see the link below!


(Btw, this little trick works with any smooth slick surface that is written on with Sharpie. For example, my laminated birthday posters have names and dates written with black Sharpie. At the end of the year, I clean with my Expo marker and the poster is ready to go for the next school year. Cool, huh?!)


The markers come in a variety of colors. Click on an image below to purchase these markers:






So, go - hurry - pick some up now and start your next school day with a clean, neat desk top!

Also, check me out on Facebook for live videos, photos, tips, and tricks!

https://www.facebook.com/Timeouts-and-Tootsie-Rolls-1814959888762750/

Update:
So many readers have commented with additional suggestions on removing permanent marker from surfaces. Old expo (dry erase) markers are my favorite, but there are many other options. I suggest testing a small area first before committing to your entire room. While I have yet to run into a problem, I have heard from some readers that they have not been as successful. Insert sad, crying emoji.

174 comments:

  1. Angie,
    I never in a million years would have though of this. It is GENIUS!!!! Thank you for sharing!
    Camille

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    1. Thanks! Anything to help make our lives easier and the desks neater - LOL!

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    2. Did you use the oil based or water based marker?

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    3. I enlarged the picture of the markers above and it said "Oil Based" :)

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    4. Is this not easily be erased?

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    5. FYI: Disinfectant wipes and baby wipes also take the oil based Sharpie off.

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    6. We clean our desks everyday with Clorox wipes which take off the names very easily. So this did not work in our room.

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    7. You can use a sharpie (not the paint kind) and do the same thing. Clorox wipes will not wipe it away then.

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    8. Use aerosol hairspray to remove at the end of the year

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    9. Mr Clean Magic Erasers usually take off Sharpie Marker for something like this too

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  2. That is such a fantastic tip, thanks for sharing. I have to admit, I feel the EXACT same way about name tags, I really dislike having to tape them back on to desks all the time!
    Love to Learn

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    1. I feel your pain! And at the end of the year, it was such a pain to clean all the sticky tape off each and every desk! This really is much easier!

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    2. Great idea, I use Velcro for my name tags to no tape for me, they are laminated with the alphabet and other resources as I teach integrated kindergarten My students don't have specific spots, so I have a name wall with Velcro also and the kids can grab their name plate if they need it for a resource;0

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    3. I have kinder too! Love the idea of Velcro so they can move their names to resource centers. love the idea above but was concerned that the kids might take it as meaning "it's okay to write on desks..." and then write using whatever =/. Any ideas? esp. T&T blogger?

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    4. Yes we do math right on the desk and we useExpo markers to make number bonds. And I hesitated too because I feel the same way. I don't want the kids to learn to disrespect furniture.

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  3. Love this idea!! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Oh my gosh! I was laying around last night thinking about name tags. I cannot stand the picking/peeling, so I don't have any right now. Trying this out when we go back!!

    Megan

    I Teach. What's Your Super Power?

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  5. Thanks for the tip! I need those Sharpie Paint Pens!!! Maybe Santa will put some in my stocking;)

    http://littlepiggyreads.blogspot.com/2012/11/im-in-with-cool-kids.html

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  6. What a great alternative to name tags! Another trick I learned working in a medical office is regular rubbing alcohol also takes sharpie of any hard/slick surface :)

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    1. Great suggestion! I have used rubbing alcohol too. I found that using an *old* Expo produces less fumes and less "elbow grease". I always have Expo markers on hand, not so with the running alcohol. Thanks for reading and for leaving a comment!!

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    2. Hand sanitizer works too. I write on anything laminated that I use with my students in sharpie so they can't wipe it off. When I'm done, I just wipe it off with a paper towel and some hand sanitizer. Clean and smells good too!

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    3. Fingernail polish remover also removes Sharpie. I use 100% acetone to clean laminated folders, charts, etc. in my class all the time. Thanks for the name tag idea!!

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    4. I have found that Magic Erasers work best for removing Sharpie from lamination, etc. Just get them a little wet and wipe off!

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    5. I write in sharpie on my laminated posters and it comes off with hairspray and a little hard rubbing :)

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  7. I am in L-O-V-E with this!!! I just put new name tags on desks 3 weeks ago and they are already coming off. Happy New Year to me! GREAT idea!!

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  8. Oh my gosh! You are a GENIUS!!! Thank you SO much for sharing this!!! I will definitely be doing this! No more name tags coming off or kids playing with them when they should be listening! No more tape residue to remove or using my nails to remove itty-bitty pieces of tape that tore off! YES!

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  9. Best idea ever, ever, ever. I have been joking for years I am just going to write their names on their desks with Sharpies, now I am really going to do it! I am your newest follower! SOOOOOO happy I found your blog today!

    Heidi
    http://inthatroomwithheidiharrell.blogspot.com/

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  10. Great idea! I also use finger nail polish remover to take Sharpie marker off our birthday stuff but I'll have to try it on our tables. Love it!!

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    1. Thanks! I used nail polish remover in the past too. The Expo has been the best, easiest way I have found though. I choose to use an older Expo, one whose tip isn't as new anymore.

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    2. I use a magic eraser. It works great to remove sharpie & no fumes.

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    3. Me too! They work like a charm!

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    1. Around here, we found them at Michael's (craft store). Amazon is a great option to check too! I just checked and they are available there.

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  12. I have used just regular sharpies as well... most of the time, they don't come off either!

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  13. Do the kids pick off the paint...?

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    1. EXACTLY my question! I teach first grade. I LOVE this idea, but can totally see every one of my little boogers picking at the paint... Guess if they do, then I just write it again? Easier than retaping a nametag.

      Cherie
      The {mis}adventures of first grade

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    2. There is nothing for them to pick off. The wriitng will fade after awhile, but it can easily be rewritten.

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    3. I understand the concern! There really isn't anything to pick off though. Over time the paint might fade or eventually rub off some with cleaning, etc. I say "paint", but it is just like any other Sharpie permanent marker (without the fumes).
      I started the year off with their names on the desk and I have yet to have to rewrite anyone's name yet (except for the one that I used as demo). I suspect that at some point in the school year I may need to rewrite a few or all, but if I had nameplate, they would already be torn, dirty, and just plain icky.

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  14. Oil based or water based paint pens?

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  15. I have been doing this for years and it so much fun and easy. I use it for everything

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  16. This is great, but my kids would figure out how to clean their names off within the first week probably. They use Expos on a daily basis.

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  17. I hate nametags too!! Some people judge me for not using them! Doing this come Monday!!

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  18. Thank you for sharing this wonderful tidbit!

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  19. I started doing that this year, and I discovered another easy way to remove the sharpie ink: Spray it with the Expo board cleaner and wipe clean! I will NEVER buy another name plate again! :) :) :)

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    1. Yes!!! I have wanted to try that too! I couldn't find my Expo cleaner (I hid it so well since we were told not to have it out in case of inspections).

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  20. I use these on my posters, but I never thought about writing on their desks. Awesome idea!! BTW, fingernail polish remover also takes it off.

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    1. Thanks Judy! You're right polish remover does work. I just like that the Expo markers are on hand and it is a way to get one last use out of them before tossing them in the trash. Plus no fumes like the polish remover.

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  21. Magic Eraser can work too, but my teacher friend Kathy and I found that the Expo was easiest. Rub, rub, rub and then wipe clean with a tissue. It might take more than one cleaning to remove, but it does come off. I don't use a *NeW* marker, I use a "well loved" one as to not waste my markers.

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    1. Rubbing alcohol takes sharpie off too. And you cant get it cheap at the dollar store.

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  22. Cool! Must try and follow up with a "do not write on your table with markers -do as I say, not as I do" disclaimer to my firsties :) I use hand sanitizer to clean off marker (anything with alcohol would work I imagine).

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  23. What an awesome idea!! I will be doing this after winter break!! So fun!! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  24. What about when the desks are cleaned at night with spray? Does it come off?

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    1. This is what I am wondering too since my tables are cleaned every night with a spray.

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    2. I'm wondering this too now that I'm seeing this idea. I clean my tables daily with clorox or lysol wipes. Sometimes more than once.

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    3. I clean my desks with clorox wipes and the sharpie marker comes off easily.

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  25. I hate name tags too. I've been just writing on the desks with a black sharpie. At the end of the year you can use a big pink eraser and a wipe to get it off. I LOVE the paint pens though! So cool!
    Gina
    Beach Sand and Lesson Plans

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  26. The sharpie trick works great for labeling book covers as well. In the past I've labeled books with a reading group's name or other form of identification and then cleaned it off using an expo marker later. There are sooooo many things that work with this!

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  27. Nail polish remover will also do the trick to get sharpie markers off

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  28. I have been using this method for years for getting regular Sharpie (or other Permanent pens)off the whiteboard. I write the things I want to stay on the board for longer than a few days in permanent marker and then I take it back off when I am done with it with Expo pens and/or expo cleaner. Works like a charm. I figured it out by accident when one of my kids picked up a wrong pen to solve a math problem on the board. Thanks for sharing (and letting me share!)

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  29. WOW what an awesome idea! I am getting new desks and furniture : ) So I want to make sure it doesn't leave any marks/residue.
    Also does it have to be EXPO pens?
    Thanks for the great tip - Merry Christmas

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  30. Will the chalkboard markers work too? These are the markers that you can write the date on the board and it will not come off with an eraser, you have to wash it off?

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  31. Love love love it! Half of my firsties no longer have name tags because they pick at them... Definitely trying this in the new year... thanks!!

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  32. I work in a day care and we aren't allowed to use name plates (by the health department rules) because food gets under it, so I have been making name tags that I put down and take away once they are seated...such a pain. This will solve my problem. Thank you!

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  33. Has anyone tried this on plastic tubs? I'm thinking they are too porous.

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    1. see my comment below :)

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  34. You might also try using ALCOHOL to remove it as well. Alcohol works great to remove permanent marker on smooth/plastic like surfaces (like plastic tubs^^). Seeing that it's the same brand I predict it will work just as well!! :)

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  35. To some comments above. I am a custodian we usually use H2Orange on surface tops and it usually does not take off the permanent marker. if there is permanent marker to take off I used hand sanitizer or if they had whiteboard cleaner I would use that. I'm a custodian and I hate name cards. kids pick at then, draw on them, and dirt always gets under the edges. Drives me bonkers. I'll have to tell my teachers about this. Love it. Thank you

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    1. If your worried if your custodian/janitors cleaners will take it off. Just ask them. I would hope they wouldn't mind telling you if it would or wouldn't.

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  36. This is such a wonderful idea!!! I'm going to get some of these over break to use for when we go back to school!!!

    Molly
    Lessons with Laughter

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  37. Can you use any Sharpie marker or does it have to be the Paint Sharpie??

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  38. No way! I never knew this would work. Unbelievable! I'm so excited! I just ran across this on Pinterest. Thanks for sharing!

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  39. That trick with the dry erase marker is also great for other surfaces - i.e. refrigerators!

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  40. Can you use regular sharpies? I got the metallic ones but they are not paint pen. I would like to know if someone tried it before doing it on the tables in my classroom.

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  41. I don't have a Sharpie paint pen, but just tried a regular Sharpie permanent marker on four surfaces: a disposable plastic cup, a Rubbermaid clear bin, a ceramic mug and a piece of paper. I let the Sharpie set for a couple minutes then tested it with a paper towel to be sure it was dry before writing over it with a Bic dry-eraser marker. The Bic erased the Sharpie from everything except the paper.

    I'd strongly encourage teachers to use this! As a substitute teacher, I can attest to the fact that not being able to quickly use students' names impedes classroom management.

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    1. I have been trying to use nameplates when I sub so I can refer quickly to each student by name. It is an impossible chore to have them left alone! I love this idea - as a sub, I can note names and change them for class rotations or leave them all day. Either way, it sounds like it's easy to clean so I can leave the classroom as good or better than I found it. :) Thanks!

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  42. Static Guard will take permanent marker off of any laminated or laminate like surface. I keep a bottle of it in my cabinet at school and use it all the time. And the fumes aren't too bad from it!

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  43. This is amazing. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  44. This is a fantastic idea!! Thank you so much for sharing :) I'll be sure to try this out with my kiddos because I hate the name tags too!

    ~Steph

    Sparkly, Quirky Lifebox

    The Quirky Apple

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  45. Amazing! Thanks for sharing such a great idea :)

    Abby
    http://slp123.blogspot.com

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  46. I will be going back to school to work this weekend and will try this out! Thanks so much!!!!

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  47. I work in a Kindergarten room and hate the name tags on the table - I think we made it maybe 2 weeks before all the tape was peeled up and they were all written on. This is a great idea but our tables are textured not smooth - will this still work or do you have any other ideas

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  48. You can also erase Sharpie with nail polish remover because it has acetone in it.

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  49. Does it work on tile floors? I am a music teacher and I don't use desks, but I would love to use this as a guide for my students. I have taped thing son the floor before and they also pick at that.

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  50. If I have 30 students and want to use the same color paint pen how many paint pens do you think I will need to buy?

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  51. Chelsie-one should do it.

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  52. Awesome idea! I can hardly wait to try this out in my classroom. Thank you for sharing.

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  53. I teach middle school. I have 5 different groups of kids in my classroom, and sometimes some will switch their seats. With 5 seating charts I dont always catch it. Ive always thought the name tags would be too elementary. My kids would love to write their signature on their desk! Thanks for the idea.

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  54. I have to say, as a sub, that it is so much more helpful to have names on desks when coming into a classroom. I work really hard to remember names, but it is nice to quickly glance down and see their names. I know that name plates/tags can be a hassle...this seems like a great solution!

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  55. Tried it and it does not come off! My desks are light in color maybe that has something to do with it?

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    1. Did this today on light colored desks and it all came off. Tried it with expo marker and then expo spray on top, wiped right off. Love it.

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    2. Was so excited to do this & get rid of the name plates! I wrote several names with Sharpie then thought I would try to remove. Tried the Expo, then acetone, clorox wipes, etc & thought I would never get off of my light colored tables. When I finally did went back to the name plates. Yuk!

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    3. Were you able to remove it ever? I tried this and it is not coming off my desks either! It leaves a dark residue.

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  56. I did this today with my speech therapy students. We kept tallies of our phoneme productions, wrote answers to questions, drew pictures of target practice, played tic-tac-toe...it was fun! Thanks for a great idea :) I just bought green to test it out, but need to go buy additional colors now.

    Graffiti in the Speech Room

    Abby
    SchoolhouseTalk

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  57. Rubbing alcohol will remove Sharpie from laminated items. I teach high school and have to deal with the occasional graffiti and have found alcohol will even get a lot of regular Sharpie off of wood. It's easier to remove black than the colored Sharpies though.

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  59. Just checking, do they have to be paint pens....or can they be sharpie paint markers (oil based?) Or regular sharpie markers?

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  60. This works to remove Sharpie marker from your white board too.

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  61. The EXPO White Board Cleaner (for dry erase surfaces) works well in removing permanent sharpie marker from laminated surfaces, too.

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  62. Can you use other brands of paint markers or does it have to be Sharpie?

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  63. Our janitor LOVES this... I started a trend, and now almost every K-2 class in our school uses it. :-) The kids discovered that hand sanitizer will also remove the paint... makes it easy to just let them do it themselves when you're ready to remove names! Thanks SO much!!

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  64. I wonder if this would work on laminate flooring.....EEEEK

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  65. Another idea....those brown paper towels that the schools use; they are great for scuff marks!!

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  66. It doesn't work on EVERY type of desk. I will forever have a desk marked "Ella". I've tried everything to get it off. Nail polish remover did the best job but you can still see it. :) On my desk and reading table it works perfectly. Go figure!!

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    1. Have you tried a magic eraser?

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    2. Have you tried Germ-X? Put a thick layer over it and let it sit for a few minutes then just wipe it off.

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    3. Have you tried goo gone-it is stinky, but it gets almost everything out for me.

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  67. My 3rd grade teacher did this and we had to clean it at the end of the year.... fun cleaning though! we first used what looked like a baby wipe (it was so long ago I cant remember if it was a baby wipe or clorox wipe) then she gave us some shaving cream to get the desk clean and get up what the wipe didnt get. Being in third grade she made it a quick lesson and we had to write our full name in cursive in the shaving cream and once she saw it we could draw whatever. Just a thought so you dont have to clean it yourself... have the kids help :)

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  68. My cousin recommended this blog and she was totally right keep up the fantastic work!

    Sharpie Paint Markers

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  69. I have thought about this idea long and hard. I think this works well on smooth desks, like a brand new ones that they have out now. I don't think it would work on a desk that would allow the color to soak in. I will have to test this on an old desk in my room to see if it will work before I implement it for next year. I would love to do. I'm also tired of name tags.

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  70. Would it work to use Expo cleaner to take the names off? I'm super curious (and lazy)!!!

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  71. Hey, nice site you have here! Keep up the excellent work!




    Sharpie Paint Markers

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  72. Will any brand paint pen work or does it have to be Sharpie?

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  73. HaHa...I'll try to do some sketch when i got the time...






    Sharpie Paint Markers

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  74. I always wonder what to use on posters, such as birthday posters. Do I laminate them first? I have great scheduling posters, and used dry erase crayons on them - worked great with blue and green colors, but the red didn't show.
    Tables - I teach pre-k and use tables. For those who can't use sharpie, I used full adhesive post its, and covered with tape. I placed the names at the edge far from them. Did not have a picking problem.
    Question I would like to have answered - carpet. I used duct tape to write their names on their space, then found I needed to cover with regular mailing tape because their names came off right away. Then a month later I found duct tape does not come up from carpet! Needed lots of patience, a scraper and tried minimum goo be gone. Next used painters tape, then covered with mailing tape. Other ideas???

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    1. here's something that worked pretty well for me.

      i started with heavy duty adhesive velcro (wide.) i then printed shipping labels with all the kids names on them, and put the shipping label on the adhesive side of the velcro. the widths match up just about perfectly, and for pre-k kiddos that have yet to hone their "picking" skills, this should last for a while.

      at the most, just print a new label.

      good luck!

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    2. Also, 50spf sunscreen spray will remove it from all surfaces. My small son wrote on the seats of my car with sharpie and this spray took it off the leather.

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  75. Thanks for sharing, I will bookmark and be back again


    Sharpie Paint Markers

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  76. Wonder if I can write the names on my school bus and it come off.

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  77. I have also used Germ-X. If you cover things that have been written with a sharpie (it even works on slick covered workbooks.) with a thick layer of Germ-X and leave it for a couple of minutes you can wipe off the marker.

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  78. I have also put 2 strips of clear shipping tape on the top edge and then taped down what needs to be taped down on top of that, then cover it with 2 more strips of the tape. At the end of the year you can pull up all the tape in one piece and it leaves very much to clean up.

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  79. Love Love Love! I am going to try that. Nail polish remover and alcohol do work, but you're right. They can take a lot of elbow grease. I'm going to try the Expo marker (or board cleaner).

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  80. What a great idea. I wondering how you even though of it.
    Kaylee's Education Studio

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  81. This is such a simple solution to a problem (messy name plates) that has frustrated me for years! Thanks for sharing!

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  82. You literally just saved me (a) a ton of time because cutting out the contact paper and sticking on name tags takes me FOREVER, and (b) the sheer annoyance of students ruining/ripping off their name tags just weeks after having spent so much time putting them on! Thank you for this FANTASTIC idea!! I already went out and bought two of these markers in case one isn't enough. :)

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  83. I think this magical tool will surely help me for organizing my things. Thanks for sharing

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  84. Im totally going to have to share this with my friends. We did the same thing to make some custom name plates we use to have! Crazy memories.

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  85. I finally got back into my classroom this morning to put it back together. I tested the paintpen in red on a desk. It worked! I was able to erase the writing with a dry erase marker, but it left a paint smudge. I tried the hand sanitizer. It came off completely. Thanks a bunch for the helpful tips. We don't use nameplates in high school, but it will make grouping much more efficient.

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  86. Does this work with ANY type of paint pen, or only SHARPIE brand?

    Thanks!
    5th Grade Teacher

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  87. This is a great idea for any area of the house.I will definitely used this method for labeling things with the name tags.

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  88. How long have you left the Sharpie paint pen on the desk before washing it off?

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  89. I put table numbers on my tables last week with the paint markers. When I did a test with the Expo markers, they came right off. They have now been on for a week and I couldn't what to write student names on the tables. Before I did that, I ran another test on the numbers. The Expo marker did NOT work after it sat a week. I'm fine with the numbers being on there, but glad I didn't write names. I could get them off a little with Mr Clean Magic Erasers and tomorrow I am going to try polish remover to see it that works.
    How long have you left the marker on before removing?

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  90. DOES THIS PAINT PEN COME OFF AFTER BEING ON THE DESKS FOR 10 MONTHS OF THE SCHOOL YEAR?

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  91. This might come off easy for you but it did not for me. I have a white and red table that I tried to get it off of and it is still readable although lighter. I hope it comes off by the end of the year. It will make changing seats difficult. I will not do this again but have found regular sharpies come off easier but also won't stay on as long.

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  92. ARE YOU USING WATER BASED OR OIL BASED SHARPIE PAINT PENS

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  93. I tried this today with a dark blue and a purple colored sharpie paint pen (oil based) on the light/natural colored version of the desks in your picture. It didn't work so well. It almost stained the desk so there is a shadow of the squiggle that was my test.
    Do you think it's just the darker colors that don't work on the lighter desks? The dry erase marker also didn't come off very easily. is there any way to fix this?
    I love this idea so much and the regular paper name tags really annoy me and my students.
    Any ideas would be much appreciated!!!

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  94. Sorry in advance for my bad english ( I use to talk french) So the oil based Sharpie paint Worked? I saw that there were also wather based one ans i taught that was the one because its usualy less stain... Do you try it? But anyway tahnks for the tips. I'll try even i's skared... ''J

    Emmanuelle

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  95. I cannot stand name tags either! I tried to write on my students' desks with just regular Sharpie & it is already starting to come off - we wipe desks with Chlorox wipes every so often & it's starting to rub off. Do you think the Sharpie Paint would work better & not rub off when we disinfect

    THANKS!

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  99. I can vouch for this trick. I read about it this summer, tried it in August, and the names are still there! I even clean my desktops on Fridays and it doesn't wipe the paint pen off. Yipee. Thanks so much for this clever trick.

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  100. You rock! This is a fantastic idea. I teach Pre-K so we don't have desks. I do however have some attendance cards that I wrote names on with permanent markers and can't get erased. I will try the dry erase marker on Monday.

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  101. Name plates are very helpfull for visitors and new persons.I think this is a best option for land marks.

    magnetic badges & name badges

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  102. FYI, it is MUCH easier and less wasteful (of expo markers) to remove the Sharpie Paint Pen with hand sanitizer and a magic eraser!!! It took A LOT of trial and error to figure this out, but it was soooooo worth it!

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  103. Hand sanitizer works well to remove the ink. I have also found that some disinfectant wipes will remove this as well.

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  104. "Goof Off" works like magic to remove sharpie from laminates and other surfaces! Comes in a yellow bottle. Get it and love it!

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  105. I LOVE this idea, but I'm super nervous to try it because I'm afraid it will stain the desks. I only read one comment that said they couldn't get it off. Can anybody verify for me that it will come off light colored desks?

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  106. Love it! I liked my name tags, but come t-cap time I had to take them all off, it was such a pain! This will make life a lot easier.

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  107. Didn't work for me! I am so sad. I tried a black paint marker. Then rubbed a purple expo on it. Now I have a nice purplish black stain on my desk. My desks are light colored. I won't be putting names on this way. So sad. I really wanted it to work. Another Pinterest fail! I tried getting it off with the expo then hand sanitizer and a chlorox wipe. Rubbing alcohol is next I guess.

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  108. I've also tried this and it also left a stain on my desks as well.

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  109. Are any of you concerned about these chemicals being used in classrooms? Young students have small bodies with small lungs,and should not be inhaling these residues. Do your schools not have restrictions on cleaners you can use? Try natural cleaners.

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    1. Orange oil works too. It's cheaper and easier to use products on hand.

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  110. I tried this a few weeks ago with a paint marker that was not Sharpie brand. I tried to use the Expo marker on it to remove it and ...no bueno! I may have to use a razor blade to get iit off. I love this idea, so next time I'll get a Sharpie brand.

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  111. This is the greatest thing I have ever seen!!! THANK YOU!!! I hate nametags!

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  112. This is great, but I would love to be able to do this as a music specialist, with 5 classes a day coming to the same desks. That's a lot of writing and erasing (!) so I am thinking of a system.... ideas welcome.

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  113. Not sure if someone else already commented this, but a drop of hand sanitizer and a kleenex also takes it right off!

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  114. Great ideas! You might also want to look at refillable paint pens and markers. That way you are able being able to use "kid safe" inks and to make a wider variety colors. I found a site that has nice refillable felt tip markers that you can make at home, and a big 1/4' by 1/8" nib ideal for coloring and other crafts needing broad strokes. They also have refillable paint pens and they sell blank felt nibs for the markers so they can be reused. The link is http://paintpenpeople.com/refillable-felt-tip-markers.html Hope this idea was useful for you.

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  115. Great post, Thanks for sharing such a useful and informative post.
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  116. I loved this idea, but found the paint marker difficult to clean off. I used the tight type of pen, and tried an expo to clean it off, but paint was still visible.

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  117. I use these to write numbers, instead of names, on my desks and lab stations in my high school science class. The kids realized they could 'erase' them with expo markers, but it is so much easier to rewrite it than to replace labels that get gross. And when the custodians rearrange all my desks when they clean the floors, I just use a little bit of acetone (fingernail polish remover) to wipe the old numbers off and write new ones.

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  118. Try a small test application to see if this method will clean up well for you. Different desk surfaces (age, material, other factors) may clean up better (or not) with different products. At our school "hanitizer" is always handy. Thanks for sharing this!

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  120. Also good for cleaning off white boards.

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  121. I have science tables in my room. Will the sharpie paint come off of those too?

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