Most offices and workspaces are home to a whiteboard or two. They are ideal for recording key information during meetings and brainstorming sessions.
The problem with whiteboards is that although they are designed to be ‘easy-clean’, this isn’t always the case. If you look closely the whiteboard is probably less white a more of a murky grey.
There are a few ways you can clean your whiteboard and return it to its former glory.
Everyday Whiteboard Cleaning
One of the most important things you need to do is to clean the whiteboard every day. If the current whiteboard eraser has seen better days, then it’s time to replace this as it could actually be spreading dirty marks rather than cleaning them.
We would recommend replacing this with a microfibre cloth that can be changed daily and washed in the washing machine after use.
Another tip is to wet the whiteboard with a little bit of rubbing alcohol before cleaning. You can use a spray bottle to do this.
Ensure you clean the board thoroughly, paying attention to the edges where marks can gather.
Household items that can be used…
Toothpaste can be great for removing more stubborn stains, just apply a small amount to a microfibre cloth and rub in circular motions.
Then wipe off any remaining residue.
Another good option for giving a whiteboard a thorough clean. Spray WD-40 onto the whiteboard and wipe down with a microfibre cloth. We suggest doing this at least once a week.
Other options you can use to clean the whiteboard:
• White vinegar mixed with water
• Nail polish remover
• Hand sanitiser
• Glass cleaner
Accidentally used permanent marker?
If someone happens to accidentally use permanent marker on the whiteboard, don’t panic. Firstly, do not use anything abrasive on the surface as this will cause damage.
Get yourself a black dry erase marker and covered the area. Then rub off both layers with a board rubber, repeating this process until the original marks have disappeared.
There are also other options to removing permanent marker if the above is unsuccessful. Rubbing alcohol applied with a microfibre cloth can also be affective. We would recommend testing a small patch first.