Eraser marks can be a major aesthetic eye sore when we are trying to work on a project. They can also be difficult to get rid of and can end up ruining the wooden, canvas, or whatever surface we are working on.
Here is a guide on how to get rid of eraser marks. Included are a few tips for preventing them from appearing as well.
Read on for a complete understanding!
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Ways to Get Rid of Eraser Marks
What Happens if Oil Gets on the Eraser, Then the Drawing?
When oil is transferred from your skin to the eraser, and then to the paper, rubbing the spot can leave smears and smudges. To handle these and recover your writing and/or drawing, follow the steps below.
- Get chalk dust and sprinkle it over the area that needs treatment.
- Use a brush to spread the chalk dust out.
- Sandwich the chalk-coated paper with two other clean sheets.
- Press the oiled spot with a flat iron on the lowest heat setting for a few seconds.
Tips to prevent eraser marks
Tip 1: Do not use your hands to brush off eraser crumbs
When we notice eraser residue on our paper, the simplest solution that pops into mind is to pick the residue off using our fingers. However, this can do more harm than good. There is a chance we will further smudge or smear the spot, rendering it an aesthetic eyesore.
The better way to deal with it is to use a drafting brush, which is sometimes also referred to as a dust brush. Invest in a quality one and keep it by your stationery for convenient use.
We suggest getting one with soft bristles; stiff ones might cause damage to your paper.
Tip 2: Invest in an eraser case
An eraser case can help keep your eraser clean. Thus, it will be less likely to leave marks on your paper. You can easily find one online or offline. It is fairly inexpensive.
Plus, for a one-time investment, you can save more money on replacing your erasers in the long run. It will save you time, effort, and frustration dealing with eraser marks too.
Tip 3: Use high-quality, less-fibrous paper
The quality of paper plays a role in how likely erasers leave marks. Lower-quality paper tends to be more prone to smears and smudges when erased. Moreover, erasers become more dirty faster on fibrous paper, leading to eraser marks. Opting for paper with a glossier finish can help lower the chances of encountering eraser hassles.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to erase pencil without eraser?
If you are dealing with a very small or light pencil mark and do not want to take the chance with an eraser. You can use adhesive putty, Blu-tack, or clay to get the job done. Something rubbery, like rubber bands, can also work.
How to get rid of pencil marks on canvas?
You can dab the pencil on canvas with a wet brush, then blot clean it with a soft rag. Make sure you draw out all the excess water.
Check that no eraser residue remains as well. If necessary, add a bit of mild soap and each to the water you are using to dampen the brush for a deeper clean.
Can you remove pencil marks from plastic?
Yes! You can remove pencil marks from plastic surfaces using soapy water or glass cleaner and a soft rag. Other options include rubbing alcohol, WD-40, magic erasers, and baby wipes.
How to erase pencil marks from wood?
Do not worry if you have accidentally gotten pencil marks on a table or a similar wooden surface. It is possible to erase!
You can use mild soap and water for unfinished wood and isopropyl or denatured alcohol for finished wood. If your wood is painted, use an all-purpose cleaner.
Now, you know exactly how to get rid of eraser marks. You no longer have to worry about them ruining your work.
Even better, you have three tips up your sleeves to prevent them from appearing in the first place. If you have any other handy tricks, leave them with us in the comments down below. We welcome questions too! Do not hesitate to reach out to us.
Read more: Tips to erase marker from paper.
Hi, I am Eveline Kessler, a content creator. My love for colors and arts draws me here to join the Intermediarts team with Leilani. I am responsible for testing new products and techniques with her and providing honest reviews and tips based on our experience. I have gained a lot of knowledge from this, and I believe you will find her suggestions to be invaluable as well.