How to Get Permanent Marker Off a LCD TV

By Nick Davis

Permanent marker, like ink, dries quickly on glass and plastic surfaces, including computer screens and LCD televisions. When cleaning a LCD TV, it is important to use light pressure and a cleaning solution that does not destroy the television's LCD surface. It is possible to remove permanent marker spots from a LCD TV using full-strength isopropyl alcohol. The alcohol is also known as rubbing alcohol and is available at drug stores as well as hardware stores.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 lint-free or microfiber cloths
  • Latex gloves
  • Isopropyl alcohol: 70 percent
  • Cold water
  • Plastic or glass container

Step 1

Turn off your LCD television, if it is on. Wipe the LCD screen with a microfiber cloth to remove any loose dust and dirt from the screen. Wear latex gloves to keep your fingerprints off the screen.

Step 2

Apply 1 tbsp. of 70 percent isopropyl alcohol to a clean microfiber cloth. Wipe the permanent marker spot gently with the alcohol-soaked cloth.

Step 3

Repeat Step 2 until the spot is completely gone from your LCD TV.

Step 4

Mix 1/2 cup of isopropyl alcohol and 1/2 cup of cold water in a plastic or glass container. Dip the microfiber cloth in the mixture, wring out excess and wipe your LCD TV's screen from one side to the other side in one direction with the damp cloth to clean it and remove any remaining residue.

Step 5

Fold the microfiber cloth you used in Step 1 and wipe the screen dry screen from one side to the other side in one direction.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also use a commercial LCD screen cleaner, instead of isopropyl alcohol, that clearly states on its label that it can remove ink and permanent marker spots.
  • For regular LCD screen cleaning, use cold water only and a lint-free or microfiber cloth. Excessive use of isopropyl alcohol or a alcohol mixture can cause the LCD material to dry out and begin to deteriorate.