Dry erase boards are available in the market in a wide variety of materials like melamine, painted steel or aluminum, hardcoat laminate, porcelain, magnetic, glass boards, etc. All these materials make these boards very useful and less messy as compared to normal chalkboards. These boards are famous for their glossy surface and cleanliness. You can write on this board and rest assured that it is going to last until you want to erase it.
This is why they are best utilized in office meeting rooms and school classrooms, where a lot of daily scribbling takes place! But we don't want to keep the same stuff on it forever, do we? The cleaning can become a task if not done with the proper technique. Here are some easy ways to get the good, old sparkle back to your messed up dry erase board.
Cleaning Dry Erase Boards
Dry Erase Marker
Older marks can be erased completely when new marks are added on them using a dry erase marker. Softly fill in all the older written stuff with a dark dry erase marker and then clean it with a dry eraser. This method cleans even the marks left behind by permanent markers.
Soap and Sanitizers
Apply any hand sanitizer or lava soap with the help of a cotton. Then clean it with a dry eraser. You can also try a good kitchen cleaner.
Hairspray and Toothpaste
Put a film of hairspray and let the board soak it for some time, then clean it with a cotton rag or a dry eraser. Apply your regular white toothpaste on the board. As the toothpaste is water soluble, it cleans even permanent marks.
Peroxide and Car Wax
Apply peroxide on the stuff you want to clean up and then dry it with a cotton rag. You can apply a regular car wax solution on the board in a circular motion to get optimum results.
Vinegar and Water
This solvent is a universally recognized cleaner and is considered to be the best when it comes to cleaning old dry erase board marks. Prepare a solution by mixing equal amounts of water and vinegar, and apply it on the marks.
You might be surprised, but a deodorant really works well with older and stubborn dry marks. Just spray a small amount of deodorant, rub it on the board, and then clean it with a cotton rag or a tissue.
Yes, seriously coffee! Dip a tissue or a paper towel into your coffee before adding cream and sugar, and rub that lovely smelling liquid on your board. After that, wash the board with soap and water, and you will have your sparkling board back!
Baking Soda and Water
Mix baking soda and water in a bowl until the paste is thick. Dab a little bit of paste on the board using a tissue or paper towel and scrub it once or twice. Now, wipe it off using a wet paper towel. You can either leave it to dry or else wipe it off with a paper towel.
Nail Polish Remover
Put a generous amount of acetone or nail polish remover on a cotton or a linen cloth and gently rub onto the board. Now, dampen a clean cloth with warm water and wipe the board thoroughly to remove the nail polish remover. Next, dry it with a paper towel.
- You can also use chemicals like ammonia and certain other household cleansers. But there is a high risk as they can produce toxic fumes if combined with wrong cleaning products.
- Never use any harsh material on the board, like abrasive markers, sharp objects, or erasers as they cause microscopic scratches on the erase boards, which will be very noticeable the next time you write anything on it.
- Try not to use any permanent marker on the board that does not come with a guarantee to remove its stains. If you accidentally use one, try to clean the writing with a damp cloth. If that also does not work, try any of the above techniques.
- Do not rub or scrub vigorously, this may damage or cause scratches on your board.
These were some of the easiest methods to clean your dry erase boards. You can find these materials in your daily household items.