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How To Clean A Whiteboard

When you think of a white dry erase board, then you'll probably envision a single-sided, or sometimes a double-sided board that's attached to an easel. Sometimes, they're permanently affixed to a wall. But did you know that you can save on shipping costs and floor space when you purchase peel and stick whiteboard panels?

Look around the walls of your office, your restaurant, or even your bedroom. You probably have lots of wall space that allows you to use stick-on whiteboard materials. This is often the first choice for many who need to measure out their drawing surface, especially if they want to fit it into a tight space. But if the opposite is true and you want as much of a writing surface as possible, then a stick on whiteboard will give you far more writing space, and you won't have to purchase multiple free-standing boards either.

One of the main reasons why dry erase boards are so desirable is that they are easy to use. But like any surface you use, you'll need to take steps to keep it clean. Here are some tips for the care and maintenance of your writing surface.

Clean It At Least Once A Week

If you're using your board for tasks such as daily instruction to a class, then there's a good chance that you're wiping away content on a daily basis. There are even instances when people use them to store long-term content. These can include shopping lists, detailed instructions at work, important phone numbers, etc.

If you are using your board as a place to store important information, then in order to keep your board in the best shape possible, it's still important for you to clean the surface at least once a week. If you're worried about losing your important information, then keep a paper or a digital copy. After you clean the surface, then you can replace your content on the board.

Use Common Personal Care Solutions

If you're looking for a way to give your board a deep cleaning that will make the surface look brand-new, then did you know that you only need to look inside of your bathroom cabinet for personal care solutions? The same solutions that you'd use to clean a cut, sore, or to disinfect can also be used to restore the surface of your dry erase board. These include isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol), hydrogen peroxide, or liquid castile soap and water. If you choose to use alcohol, then be sure to dilute it 1-1 with water.

Use The Recommended Dry Erase Board Cleaner

While you can certainly raid your bathroom cabinet to find cleaning solutions for your board, you might prefer to use the cleaning solution that was made or recommended by the manufacturer. Be sure to read the insert that comes with your board. It will include directions for the care of your board, including any specific cleaning solutions designed to maintain the integrity of the surface. Most manufacturers have websites where you can purchase any solution they produce. If not, then a quick internet search for cleaning solutions will lead you in the right direction.

Dry Erasers Won't Prevent Ghosted Content

Isn't it frustrating when you want to write something on your board only to find the residue of previous content that you just can't get rid of? This is referred to as ghosting because although the previous content has technically been removed, you can still see traces of it that just won't go away! This often takes place because contrary to popular belief, dry erasers are a temporary fix. They don't do a good job of getting rid of the ink residue that dry erase markers leave behind. What's more, they do a terrible job of removing ghosted content. This is where your trusted handy bottle of spray cleaner comes to the rescue. By giving your board a complete cleaning with solution at least once a week, you'll get rid of any marks from past content, and you'll prime the surface of your board for future markups.

How To Remove Those Non-Removable Markings

Have you ever experienced the queasy feeling of realizing that you've used a permanent marker on your dry erase board? If so, then don't feel bad. Most people have mistakenly picked up the wrong marker, experiencing the dread of ruining a board with their text content. But here's something that most people don't know: there's a way to get rid of those non-removable markings, too!

It's simple - all you have to do is trace over what you wrote with the permanent marker with your dry erase marker. There's something about how the dry erase marker attaches to the ink underneath and pulls it away. So, the next time that you reach for the wrong marker, take a deep breath and then give this tip a try.

When Did Dry Erase Boards Become So Popular?

Anyone who grew up during the first half of the 20th century has fond memories of the blackboard. The blackboard in just about every way was the opposite of the modern white dry erase board. First, as the name suggests, it was black in color. And unlike today's dry erase boards, the blackboard was made out of natural stone material, usually slate. In order to write text on these boards, chalk sticks were used.

There were several reasons why blackboards, aka chalkboards, fell out of fashion. First, running chalk sticks against the board often created an annoying scratching sound. Secondly, it was common for chalk sticks to either break or wear down easily. Third, chalk left behind the most annoying residue both on the boards, and erasers. Cleaning these erasers meant clapping them together, releasing chalk powder into the air, which was found to cause respiratory issues. Dry-erase boards were invented around the 1950s, but they became popular in the late 1970s through the 1980s after non-toxic dry erase marker ink was invented. Teachers quickly replaced their archaic blackboards with the newer, healthier, more efficient creation, and then companies followed suit.

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