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Subject: Home recipe for cleaning Dry Erase Boards
How to Erase Old Marks off a Dry Erase Board
Have you ever noticed that if you leave a message or drawing on a whiteboard for
long enough, it isn’t so erasable anymore? While getting those stains off isn’t
as easy as swiping a paper towel, there is a simple way to make your white board
white again… Solutions have been listed in order of greatest likelihood for
success. Note that there are three types of eraser boards: Everwhite, Melamine,
and Porcelain. The primary difference is that one uses dry abrasion for erasure
while the other requires a liquid such as alcohol. The following solutions are
suggested for use with the type of marker requiring a dry erase marker, not
Things You’ll NeedDry erase board with old marks
Dry erase marker
Dry erase eraser
Cotton Cosmetic Rounds or Cotton Swabs
Easiest Method Get a dry erase marker (yes, you make marks to take marks away)
and a dry eraser. The darker the color of marker you use, the easier the marks
Draw over what you want to erase (make sure you draw slowly to fill it in
Erase what you’ve written over as you normally would. Surprise! It erases.
is also a great method when you’ve accidentally used permanent marker instead of
The toothpaste method appears to be the leading alternative way for removing dry
erase marker. Use ordinary white toothpaste. It contains a very mild abrasive
and is water soluble. Plus, it will leave your whiteboard minty fresh! This
method will also remove permanent marker marks from most smooth, non-porous
Lava Soap used with a damp cotton swab or washcloth works almost as well as
toothpaste but requires a second cleaning for total erasure.
Orange Goop: A close runner up to Lava Soap and Cameo is Orange Goop, the hand
cleaner sold at automotive stores around the country. Orange Goop contains a
mild abrasive and should be used with care. Do a spot test first to make sure
you don’t remove the shine.
Cameo Kitchen Cleanser: Cameo, a gentle powdered cleanser intended for use on
stainless steel sinks, contains a very fine abrasive, which will not mark or
Peroxide easily cleans clogged inkjet heads, which use a similarly permanent
ink. It does a fair job of removing dry erase marker.
Oxy Clean: Oxy Clean or any of the generic brands of this cleaner work almost
as well as Peroxide. This powder should be made into a paste and then rubbed in
a circular motion using a soft cloth. Rinse the residue away with water.
Vinegar & Water: Vinegar and Water is the undisputed champion for removing old
dry erase marker.
Ammonia: ammonia does a great job when used on the correct type of dry erase
ink. It does not work on the dry erase board, but rather on the type that uses
liquid for erasure. Use extreme caution with this chemical, which can irritate
the lungs or other mucous membranes.
Old Dryer Sheets: Use old dryer sheets on older formulations of dry erase
markers. The rough surface and the softener left in the sheet are what’s
responsible for removing the marks. New dryer sheets will not work.
Car Wax Method: Use ordinary car wax. Simply use the applicator in circular
motions and wipe off with a clean cloth. This will remove very stubborn stains
and leaves your white board like it was the day you bought it!
Neutral Shoe Polish Method: Apply neutral (no color) shoe polish to clean, and
buff with a clean cloth. It works wonderfully and provides a smooth like-new
Any Brand Will Do
Artist Eraser Method Use an artists eraser on your board. Just make sure you
don’t rub so hard the finish comes off. This works very effectively.
] Baby Wipe Method Regular baby wipes work well to clean marks off liquid erase
white boards, not dry erase.
Alternative Methods Consider alternative methods such as placing either lighter
fuel, aerosol hairspray, soft scrub, coffee, sunscreen, WD40, Bon Ami powder,
brass polish, diet soda, shampoo, or Simple Green on a paper towel and then
wiping the whiteboard.
Keep in mind that liquids clean wet erase boards while abrasives clean dry erase
boards. If you try them, first test the method on a small part of the whiteboard
before placing the substance on the entire board.
Advanced Methods for Tougher Marks Put some rubbing alcohol on a paper towel or
spray some deodorant spray on the board and rub vigorously for a couple of
seconds, then wipe dry. (Commercial Dry-Erase cleaners are often just
formulations that contain rubbing alcohol.) If the stains remain, then…
Lay the board flat on a table and put a few drops of the rubbing alcohol onto
the board, rubbing it around with your finger. (Use enough alcohol to leave a
thin layer.) Allow it to soak for a few seconds, then wipe dry. And if all else
fails, try the next step.
Use “Mr. Clean Magic Eraser” or a white board cleaner on the marks and rub
vigorously to get the stains off.
Warnings Use caution with Ammonia since this chemical is extremely irritating
to the sinuses. Ammonia when mixed with other chemicals emits toxic fumes.
Use caution when trying nail polish remover or acetone, because it may ruin the
surface of your board.
Never mix household cleansers, as they may produce toxic fumes or cause other
Don’t scratch it wi th a coin as this can damage the board permanently.
Don’t try multiple cleaners like Windex, Comet, coffee pot cleaner, etc., as
they can set the stain.
Don’t try using hand sanitizing wipes to clean the board. They can eat the
enamel off the surface of the board.
Make sure there are no possible ignition sources (electric on/off switches,
toaster, smoking, etc.) around if using flammable cleaners.
When using the “Artist’s Eraser” suggestion above, do NOT use kneaded eraser, as
this just coats the board with a sticky substance that is harder to get off than
the original marker.
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