Cleaning a white board can be difficult, especially if the ink has been on it a long time. Properly cleaning the surface will keep your dry erase board looking new and easy to read. This is a guide about cleaning a dry erase board.
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I have an old whiteboard with difficult-to-remove markings. I grabbed my bottle of Jergen's hand lotion and applied a little to a rag. The board is now like new!
For teachers, cleaning a whiteboard of all its remnants can be near impossible, but if you used WD-40, it will look new again!
By AlaskanAurora from Dutch Harbor, AK
I use fingernail polish remover to clean the dry erase board. Works like a charm, and gets all old ink off immediately.
By Rita H.
I simply use household cleaner spray (409 in my case). Everything comes off easily. A few spots might need a little scrubbing, but not much. And the board comes out sparkling white.
By Cricket from NC
I tried all the other methods listed and none were satisfactory. I put some acetone on the white board and everything from sticky residue to caked-on ink came off immediately without streaking. I washed with soap and dried and it looks and works like new!
By Keith B. 
I bought some Lysol wipes for my ladies' Sunday School class because we kept getting sick with colds. Aside from wiping down the table, chairs and doorknobs, I found the alcohol content made it perfect for cleaning dry eraser marker writing from our dry erase board!
By Vivian P.
I always clean a dry erase board with alcohol.
By MaryAnn from Alvaton, KY
Liquid hand sanitizer works well to clean a dry erase board.
By Sue from Illinois
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Here are questions related to Cleaning a Dry Erase Board.
I work in the school setting. I 'accidentally' used a regular marker instead of a dry erase marker on a dry erase board. Needless to say, the ink would not come off or what I could remove left a horrible smudged stain.
I was using the dry erase marker and wrote right over that smudge and then erased it. The dry erase marker must have a solvent agent in it as it removed the smudge. I found I sometimes must scribble over the site and immediately rub off with a tissue for a clean dry erase board.
By Antaria from Chino Valley, AZ
My kids scribbled all over their new dry erase easel with a ballpoint inkpen, and I thought it was ruined! I tried this. It only took me 10-15 minutes to do the whole board, and it looks like new again. Wow! Thanks for the tip.
Does the spray eyeglass cleaner you buy and then get free refills from Walmart work on dry erase boards? It would be bargain if it does. Does anyone know?
By Robyn Fed from Hampton, TN
By Kerry Browning 06/30/2009
I bought a can of denatured alcohol at the hardware store and put it in my original Dry-Erase Cleaner spray bottle. Doesn't take too much to clean the board. I spray it on a rag and wipe. For red ink I spray it right on the board.
I cleaned my whiteboard with a Scotch pad and water and now the markers just sink in and won't erase. This cleaning procedure was demonstrated to me on another board and it worked well. What do I do to fix my board?
By Amy (Guest Post)01/15/2009
I have used many of the above techniques, including Windex, to clean my whiteboard. Eventually the whiteboard got so that any marking wouldn't wipe off easily. I was told that anything other than alcohol is too toxic to the board and abrades the waxy finish, so if you use stuff that makes it so the marker doesn't wipe off easily you should rewax the board! Then it should be like new again.
By the way, I now use hand sanitizer or rubbing alcohol mixed with water, and it does WONDERS for getting the board clean!
Use toothpaste (the regular kind) and put some on a rag and scrub over the board where the ink is not coming off, then rinse, wipe with a clean cloth and dry.
By Lisa T.
By Tommy (Guest Post)02/22/2009
OMG. Half of my board has been bad for over a year. Couldn't believe how easy it came clean.
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To clean dry erase boards, I usually use a paper towel with a little Windex. If that doesn't work, I use a little bit of nail polish remover then wipe it down one more time with Windex. It does the trick!
I know that if a permanent marker was used on a dry-erase board then all one needs to do is to reactivate the permanent marker with a dry erase marker, then just erase.However, this does not work for highlighter...anyone with some ideas? Thanks! (08/02/2005)
By In Trouble
By Jan F.
- go to this website for your baby wipe board. It has a few ideas to renew the surface. (04/17/2007)
By Karen J
By Mr. Gin
How do I restore my dry erase board to it's original surface? I can no longer erase any markers easily.
Jeff from Chicago, IL