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Old 02-15-2009, 03:39 PM   #1  
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Arrow HELP!!! with Sharpie dilemma

My lovely children decided to draw pictures on our patio steps with Sharpie markers. AAAaaaaaa! Does anyone know of a way to remove it without making a bigger mess? Since concrete is porous, I'm afraid to try to get it up with a solvent because it might soak in and make a great big blob. I'd rather have the pictures they drew--they are kind of cute!

I know this isn't really stamp related, but thought it might get more traffic here.
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AquaNet hairspray. Or 99% alcohol. I had a darling like that too 25 years ago and learned the hard way how to get it off anything--including the old linoleum floors and carpet at the school where I taught.
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And the picture is cute!! You both are smiling so she (I am going on the dress!) is a happy child and has a good mommy.
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You don't think it will soak in to the ridges in the concrete? I have used hair spray for ink on clothes, but not on porous concrete.
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And the picture is cute!! You both are smiling so she (I am going on the dress!) is a happy child and has a good mommy.
It was actually my DS that drew the picture. DD used a green highlighter to trace her hand!
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I say frame them for posterity...they are cute!
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I say frame them for posterity...they are cute!
Good idea! At first I was livid, but that faded very quickly when I realized there was effort to make them look good. I would still be fuming if it was scribbles!

This is one of those times we will look back on years from now (just wait until they bring their dates home! haha!) and laugh. I am almost laughing now because the picture is so cute. And look at the details! How can you be mad about something like that?
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You don't think it will soak in to the ridges in the concrete? I have used hair spray for ink on clothes, but not on porous concrete.
It didn't for me but I spray it on the cloth (soak the sucker) and dab at it. Also, a power washer is soooo cheap (I got mine at Target for under $50) and will wash any residue off. And make the concrete sparkle! I do this every year and it is the best.

Those pants were cute then since you son did it. He will learn "pant legs" later! I taught preschool for the longest and that was so much fun--teaching dresses and pants. Mostly I got a line down the middle of the skirt after trying to teach angles to 3 year old cuties.
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I still love the memories of the small things my children did...even if it was nerve-wrecking when they did it...life is too short...and childhood too...
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you know, I used one of those Mr magic white erasers to remove sharpie from a coffee table. a lot of sharpie! It would really tear it up on the concrete, but it may remove the sharpie without leaving a 'stain'
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I LOVE those things!!! They are a miracle from heaven!!! That may work great....we didn't have those years ago and I would have love to have had them with my daughter--the artist. And, she still is and making money at what she draws and writes. Who knows? That sidewalk could be worth a fortune one day.
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And I apologize if I appear to treat lightly your dilemma. Really don't mean and hope you figure it out..
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If you don't mind some experimenting, try plain fluoride toothpaste and then wash it off with the hose. I've only tried this on a dry erase board. I'm not sure about concrete. My nephew took a sharpie to the dry erase board and it came off when I used the toothpaste.
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Did some research and one suggestion is bleach and sunlight...concrete supposedly good as new, might work...
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http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf567689.tip.html

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Thank you so much for the link. Looks like I have several options. I'll have to work on it tomorrow.

No worries about the situation. Like I said, I am pretty much over it because it is so cute, and I may just leave it there as a reminder of what not to do.

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My nephew used a black sharpie to write "hickory dickory dock" on my brother's berber carpet. So, they finished the nursery rhyme and nailed down a nice frame around it. =)





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This is one of those times we will look back on years from now (just wait until they bring their dates home! haha!) and laugh. I am almost laughing now because the picture is so cute. And look at the details! How can you be mad about something like that?
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I agree with Davesgram. I think I'd be tempted to draw a frame around it. My DD's are 24 and 18 now so I can look back and laugh at this sort of thing now. Dilemma , not wanting them to do it again , but it is cute .imo
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definitely keep it as is, that's my vote, it says this is my family and my home, i am putting my mark on it, like when we put footprints or carved our name in the concrete foundation of a house building project.
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Well, I'm just a big softie and would have to keep those works of art just as they are. I might even get some concrete sealer so they wouldn't wash away.
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I have decided to let nature take it's course and not try to remove their lovely artwork.

My Dad is an artist, and he is always trying to get my son to sign all of his art. When I told him about it last night he suggested I have him sign it. I want him to, but how do you tell them it's ok to sign their name when you just grounded them for it?
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