Permanent markers are a common item in everyday life. However, in case you need to use them urgently, but they run out of ink, or the ink stops writing, please join FlexOffice Philippines to learn about the solutions below so that you can continue your work.

1. Scribble on paper

You don’t need to write the letters out; just doodle is okay. It will help increase friction and make the pen’s nip stop stiff, working like usual again.

2. Use deodorant

Because the nip and ink are exposed to the air, your permanent markers may not be able to write anymore. One of the simplest ways to solve this issue is to spray a little deodorant on the ink tube.

Voila! You can then reuse your marker now.

3. Use alcohol

Pour some alcohol into the nip. Alcohol will help disperse the dried ink, gel in the intestine, then penetrate evenly into the ink tube. This solution can allow us to reuse your marker for a short time to make sure our work is finished on time.

4. Flashing

Because there is still air inside the ink tube, it makes your marker write out of ink.

At this point, you need to hold the stem of the marker up and shake it vigorously (note that the flick is in the direction of gravity downward). It will help the trapped air to escape.

5. Write on an eraser

Many users also apply this tip. Because the eraser is elastic, it will cause dust or ink stains left on the nip to loosen. From there, you should be able to use the pen normally.

6. Put in a bowl of hot water

In this tip to “treat” a clogged permanent marker, you can put the nip directly into a bowl of hot water for 8-10 minutes. After this time, take it out and let it cool. This tip is highly effective in “treating” the ink blockage of the marker.

7. Heat with a lighter

It is used by many parents when they want to cure clogged ink for their children. You will use a lighter and gently heat the nip. At this time, the frozen ink at the nip will melt, helping the pen work as usual.

8. Use nail polish remover (with oil-based markers)

All we need is a regular bottle of nail remover, fill the cap with gel to cover the nib, then close the pen cap for about 10 seconds.

After that, You can open the cap and write again on the paper, the ink will return, and you will be able to write as usual.

In addition, for water-based permanent marker, use warm water instead of nail polish remover and follow the same steps as oil-based permanent marker.

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