Cleaning a Dry Erase Board

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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October 21, 2010 Flag

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

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April 19, 20140 found this helpful

Just a note to remind in case newer teachers forget....remember the contents of WD-40 are not good inhalants. So best to use AFTER school rather than before! Let all the fun smells dissipate before students come back in the room. Even better, do it on a Friday afternoon since I have found the odor can REALLY linger in certain situations and when the humidity is right! Lol

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February 4, 20150 found this helpful

I have tried using the WD-40 and it worked the best I have tried others like 409 and even the dry erase board cleaner and this worked the best for me.

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November 21, 20160 found this helpful

October 24, 2011 Flag
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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.

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January 19, 20150 found this helpful

Oh my goodness. I just used the fingernail polish remover and it looks brand new, Thank you!

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April 12, 20150 found this helpful

I read through several answers and I picked this one. I am so glad I did, it worked like magic. I love the fact that it came off so easily thank you for this wonderful tip!

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December 4, 2006 Flag
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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?

Hannah

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January 9, 20080 found this helpful
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To get Sharpie marker off of a whiteboard, color over it with an Expo marker and erase with a whiteboard eraser.

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September 25, 20080 found this helpful
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Scotch-brite is certainly safer than solvents such as WD-40, but it IS an abrasive, and it WILL take *something* off the whiteboard surface. Re-waxing your surface is probably a good idea. In the future, I suggest using a cleaning chemical with a low toxicity if it won't come off.

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July 18, 2016 Flag
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My fiancé and I bought our daughter an easel for Christmas. It has a chalkboard on one side and a dry erase board on the other. As soon as my wonderful man put this awesome Christmas gift together I decided I was going to clean it so it would be nice and shiny when our daughter found it Christmas morning. I used Windex.

We bought the expensive Crayola dry erase markers for her board, but for some reason they refuse to erase unless I but a lot of weight on the rag or eraser. I've begun to just continuously use the Windex for the job. Is there anyway to make the makers erase properly or is it the markers? What should I do?

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July 19, 20160 found this helpful

A very simple online search for "clean dry erase board" produced many good replies. You can try a search yourself and this very helpful site:

http://www.wikihow.com/Erase-Old-Marks-off-a-Dry-Erase-Board

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March 24, 2015 Flag
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My three year old scribbled all over my dry erase board. I was clueless and used plain water to clean it. Big mistake. The water marker smeared and it would not come off. I tried so many things, alcohol, hand sanitizer, acetone, etc. I gave up.

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August 31, 2015 Flag
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I check out some of the other email postings. I recently received an easel board from another family member - they had a lot of writing with grease markers on it, and they don't know how long it was on there.

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March 18, 2016 Flag
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This is a guide about cleaning permanent marker off a dry erase board. When a permanent felt marker is used on a whiteboard it can be a challenge to remove all the ink.

A whiteboard with scribbles all over it.

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January 8, 2014 Flag
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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!

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October 21, 2011 Flag
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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.

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October 24, 2011 Flag
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I always clean a dry erase board with alcohol.

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October 13, 2004 Flag
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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.

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February 22, 20090 found this helpful

OMG. Half of my board has been bad for over a year. Couldn't believe how easy it came clean.

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September 18, 20150 found this helpful

Thank you! My son used an ink stamp on all of my boards. I tried a half-dozen things that didn't work - but toothpaste took it right off! It also took off the old discolored residue from years of use. My white boards look new again.

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October 25, 2011 Flag
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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!

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October 24, 2011 Flag
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Liquid hand sanitizer works well to clean a dry erase board.

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November 26, 2013 Flag
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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.

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June 29, 2009 Flag

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?

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June 29, 2009 Flag
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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

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Cleaning Dry Erase Boards

I generally use rubbing alcohol on mine; and at the preschool where I work, if there is not alcohol handy, I just use the hand gel, which is mostly alcohol anyway.

The magic erasers will work, but you do "Not" want to use them often, as they will abrade the surface and shorten the life of your board. You can purchase special cleaners at the office supply store. (03/03/2009)

By Jilson

Cleaning Dry Erase Boards

Coke works to take permanent marker off the dry erase board. It also works to clean a toilet. (03/04/2009)

By dakota1275

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