Here’s how to clean a whiteboard so its dry erase surface is cleared of all marker residue:
Use a common microfiber cloth to clean a dry erase surface. Microfiber cloths, which are available from EVERWhite and elsewhere, are better than other cloths at removing dry erase marker ink from a whiteboard surface. Wash the microfiber cloth after several uses, or at least rinse it well under running water. You can use a whiteboard eraser to clean the surface, but make sure there are no sharp edges on the eraser or no sharp filaments in it. Again, wash the eraser regularly so when you use it, it will have the capacity to remove ink.
Use water or common household glass cleaners. No harsh cleaners are required to remove marker ink from an EVERWhite board surface and some other type of surfaces.
Can you use Windex® to clean a dry erase board? Yes, glass-cleaning products such as Windex® are recommended for cleaning the dry erase surface of a whiteboard.
Never use scouring pads or abrasive cleaners, as those can ruin the dry erase surface and allow ink penetration.
On melamine or other types of dry erase surfaces, cleaning chemicals might be needed, such as our Everclean whiteboard cleaner.
If someone inadvertently uses a regular, permanent marker such as a Sharpie® on a dry erase board surface, it is often possible to remove the permanent marker ink. To do so, trace over the permanent marker ink with a dry erase marker. Then, wipe the board with a microfiber cloth, spray with Windex® or similar mild window cleaner, and wipe the surface again.
If a stain from a regular marker persists, call EVERWhite at 800-335-7319 for advice on your specific situation.
To remove tape or stocker adhesive on a whiteboard surface, use a common adhesive remover such as GooGone® and a soft cloth. Never use plastic or metal scouring pads, abrasives, or scraping tools – all which can damage the surface, thus allowing ink to penetrate it and create a stain.
If you have another brand of whiteboard with a stained dry erase surface, you can cover that surface with whiteboard resurfacing panels from EVERWhite or dry-erase resurfacing film material from our Everase division – giving you many more years of use and a dry erase surface that will stay white.
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