Cleaning a Dry Erase Board

For teachers, cleaning a whiteboard of all its remnants can be near impossible, but if you used WD-40, it will look new again!

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October 24, 2011

I use fingernail polish remover to clean the dry erase board. Works like a charm, and gets all old ink off immediately.

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January 8, 2014

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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August 31, 2015

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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October 25, 2011

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

Liquid hand sanitizer works well to clean a dry erase board.

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March 24, 2015

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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October 24, 2011

I always clean a dry erase board with alcohol.

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November 26, 2013

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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December 4, 2006

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?



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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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By mooty (Guest Post)
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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March 18, 2016

Writing on a white board with a permanent marker is common mistake. The good news is that the permanent marker can be easily removed.

A whiteboard with scribbles all over it.

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March 3, 2009

To clean dry erase boards, I usually use a paper towel with a little Windex.

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June 29, 2009

How do I restore my dry erase board to it's original surface? I can no longer erase any markers easily.

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