Whiteboard cleaning is an important part of owning any white board or dry erase surface. Knowing the correct steps and materials to use can help to extend the lifetime of your product, make it look better, and keep it from developing permanent marks as time goes on. The good news is that there are some simple tips that you can follow to help keep your whiteboard in great shape; these tips apply to white board painted walls as well as regular whiteboards such as porcelain and melamine.
Whiteboard Cleaning Tips
- Clean off your whiteboard on a regular basis! This is the most important and easiest tip to follow. No matter what your whiteboard is made out of, it will last longer and erase easier if you completely clean it off from time to time. For our whiteboard paint we recommend cleaning it off at least once every few weeks. For lower grade whiteboards such as melamine, you may want to wipe it off or use a cleaner once every few days.
- Use a clean cloth or eraser when wiping off your white board. If you have a really dirty rag or eraser you are going to be dragging material across the face of your whiteboard – don’t let that happen! It doesn’t take much to avoid this from happening – either use a clean rag or cloth for wiping, or shake out your eraser from time to time.
- Use a high quality cleaning fluid occasionally. This doesn’t need to happen every time you wipe off your dry erase board, but if you use a good quality whiteboard cleaner you will really help to extend the lifetime of your board by completely removing those shadow-like stains that creep into the board over time and tend to get darker.
- Do not use dry or frayed dry erase markers. Markers only cost a few dollars – don’t ruin your whiteboard by using old markers that may scratch or otherwise degrade the surface quality. If you make sure to use newer pens on a regular basis you can spend less time on whiteboard cleaning and more time on actually using your whiteboard!
- Allow ink from dry erase pens to dry before trying to erase. If you make a mistake while drawing or writing on the board, give it a few seconds to dry. Otherwise, the ink can smear out and cause “ghosting” – although this can then be cleaned up with some cleaner and cloth it’s best to keep it from happening in the first place.
These 5 tips cover the largest areas of whiteboard cleaning. If you stick to this you will add years to a whiteboard’s life and save both time and money in the long run.
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