How To Maintain Dry Erase White Boards

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Dry erase white boards are a teacher's best friend and often are indispensable fixtures in a conference room.  These boards are a great alternative to the old dusty chalkboard for writing down lessons, schedules and notes. But constant use, dust and dirt can leave a trusty dry erase white board looking not so white. Bring back the ‘white’ in your whiteboard! Learn how to maintain dry erase white boards. Follow these few simple tips:

  1. As soon as you are done. Erase your notes and diagrams as soon as you are finished using the white board. Use the erasers that came with your purchased dry erase white board or special felt erasers sold in stores.
  2. Clean the entire board thoroughly. After erasing all the writings as you normally would, clean the whole board and not just the parts that you have written on. Baby wipes or a damp clean cloth will do the trick. Water, after all, is the universal solvent. This will rid your dry erase board not only of marker writings but also of dust, grime and dirt. Try to do this after each use of the board.
  3. Soap and detergent. To really clean dry erase boards that are used a lot, like those in the classroom, you can also use a sponge dipped in mild soap or detergent. Make sure that the sponge is just damp and not dripping with soapy water to avoid drips on the floor and to avoid leaving soap and water marks on the white board. Using circular strokes, wipe the entire board portion by portion so that you will not miss a spot. Put a little more pressure on stubborn dirt marks and rub until these are gone. After going through the entire board, wipe off the soap using a clean damp cloth or chamois until you have removed the entire soap residue on the board. Dry with a soft towel.
  4. Special removal techniques. If after following these steps you still see old markings, there are a number of ways to remove them.  Your safest bet is to use commercial cleaners specially made for whiteboards.  There are plenty of these in the market.  You can also try writing on the old marks using a dry erase marker then erasing as you normally would. If this does work, do not despair. Some people suggest rubbing vinegar solution (one part vinegar two parts water), old dryer sheets, ammonia, car wax, neutral shoe polish, nail polish remover, rubbing alcohol or even regular white toothpaste and artist's eraser. When using any of these to remove stubborn old markings, test the chosen ingredient on a small portion of the old marking first to see if it is compatible with the board. The last thing you want to do is to make a bigger and uglier mark.
  5. Do not use coins or other sharp objects in scratching off stubborn marks. You might damage the board. But if you must, do it lightly.
  6. Keep the board away from flammable and smoking equipment.  If you use the board in Chemistry class for instance, keep the chemicals at a safe distance from the board to avoid accidents.

Learning how to maintain dry erase white boards will let you keep the board white for a long time. Besides, it is nice to look and write on a clean white board.


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