If you own a whiteboard then getting into the habit of doing a little bit of regular maintenance will ensure you can continue to use it for many years and keep it looking as good as it did the day you bought it.
Maybe you’re wondering how to maintain yours?
Quick and easy whiteboard maintenance will save you money and time in the short and the long run. Add this to your routine and consider purchasing some whiteboard accessories to help you.
This article will give you some practical tips so you can keep your board in good condition.
1. Use the Correct Markers
This is probably the single most important thing you can do to keep your board in great shape. Make sure you use markers that are specifically meant for dry-wipe boards. It should say on the pen whether it’s a dry-wipe marker or not.
Never use Sharpies or other permanent marker pens. If you do, it’s possible that you’ll never be able to get your writing off the surface, leaving you with a ruined whiteboard.
2. Erase Your Board Regularly
After using the correct type of markers, using the right eraser regularly is very important. Be sure to use erasers that are specifically designed for whiteboard use. They’re non-abrasive and remove dry-wipe ink much better than a rag or towel ever could. So investing in a proper whiteboard eraser when you initially buy your whiteboard is a good plan.
Also, try to erase your board every day as this will prevent it from becoming stained and old writing from ‘ghosting’.
If you need to erase something immediately after you’ve written it, wait about 10 seconds before doing so. This gives the ink time to dry and it erases much more easily when it’s not wet.
3. Use a Commercial Cleaner
Despite having the best intentions, boards are often erased less often than perhaps they should be and over time stubborn ‘ghosting’ stains may develop. Removing them is pretty easy if you use a commercial cleaner. There are options available.
You could choose a 100ml bottle of spray cleaner which you use together with whiteboard Dry Wipes (these are tear off wipes stored in a re-sealable tub), or you can just use whiteboard Wet Wipes. These are similar tear off wipes in a tub but they are already formulated with whiteboard cleaning fluid.
There’s even a special cleaner for Glass Whiteboards and Chalkboards.
4. Clean it Often
Generally speaking, the more you use your whiteboard, the more often you will need to clean it with a cleaner. If you use it every day, you should clean it a few times a week. If you use it less, you’ll be able to get away with cleaning it less often, maybe one or twice per month.
5. What to Do in an Emergency!
Ok, accidents do happen! If someone does accidentally use the wrong kind of marker on your board, what should you do?
Looking at various internet help forums it would appear that some household items such as nail polish remover, baby oil, WD-40, or even toothpaste do have some effect but we wouldn’t recommend using any of these. Even if they solve the problem and remove some, or all of the permanent marker stains, they may well ruin the surface of the board which doesn’t really help.
Instead we would suggest writing over the permanent marker with a dry-wipe marker and then try rubbing them both away. We’ve tried this ourselves and it works – even on melamine boards! If the mistake is noticed immediately then this trick works really well but we also left it overnight and still managed to remove it the next morning.
Once the permanent ink has been removed, we would suggest you gave the board a thorough clean with the spray cleaner before you use it again.