Well, you will only need an eraser and good scrub-down to clean your whiteboard after a long day of using it. Nevertheless, if you do not have these two components, of course, your board is able to develop the faint marker stains so that it is difficult to read any writings there.
There are tons of brands that offer different products for cleaning dry erase boards. Most of these will get you good results, though you will have to dig deep into your pockets for many of them.
If you are looking to save some cash and a trip to the stationary store, try one of these methods based on what you have around the house or at the office.
1. Dry Cleaner Fluid
Do you have a chemical to remove stains from your suit or carpet? Well, you can use that material to clean up your board, as well. To start, spray the surface with the cleaner fluid and wipe the surface by using a sponge or a piece of cloth. Apply the small amount of baby oil or other mineral oil to protect the surface.
Before using any type of dry cleaner fluid, ensure the type of dry erase board (e.g. porcelain and melamine) won’t be affected by abrasive compounds in the fluid. If, for instance, you used something like the Remarkable dry erase paint to create an artificial dry erase board, be mindful of the surface on which you used the paint.
2. Rubbing/Isopropyl Alcohol
Rubbing alcohol is also another effective cleaning compound for your dry erase board. The most effective concentration is usually 99%, though 90% isopropyl will also work. 70% will also work, though not as effectively as the higher concentrations.
Wipe the dry erase board carefully using the dry erase board eraser and a piece of cloth to remove dust. Soak a small piece of cloth with the alcohol and wipe the board thoroughly. Rinse it with warm water and repeat until the marks have cleared.
3. Hand Sanitizer
Hand sanitizers are more than just to clean your hands. In fact, you can use it to remove the maker stains from your whiteboard. At first, dust off the surface with the dry piece of cloth. If the area is dust-free, apply hand sanitizer on the board and allow it to sit for a minute. Use a paper towel to wipe the surface of the whiteboard.
Vinegar is used for a ton of things at home – from cleaning and cooking to disinfecting wounds as a first aid supplement. To clean your board with white vinegar, mix a teaspoon of vinegar with a cup of water and stir to make a solution. Pour the solution into a spray bottle and spray the surface of the board, using a cloth to wipe it down.
Alternatively, you can pour the solution into a bowl and use a cloth to wipe the board. Once every inch of the surface has been wiped, dry the surface with a lint-free piece of cloth.
If the whiteboard is from a non-porous material, it is good to have toothpaste to deal with any stains such as stains from the permanent markers. You can use the old and decommissioned toothbrush you are not using it for brushing your teeth. Apply the regular toothpaste and apply a little water. The last step is to scrub the surface of the board.
Once the surface has been thoroughly scrubbed, use a paper towel to wipe down the surface for a clean, fresh, and stainless look.
6. Baking Soda
Baking soda is also another effective cleaning agent for removing stains from your dry erase board. For this method, add some baking soda into a container of water and mix thoroughly until it forms a thick paste. Using a piece of cloth or paper towel, apply a small amount of the paste over the surface of the dry erase board and scrub.
You can choose to let it air dry or wipe it down with a paper towel for a crisp clean look.
Please make sure that the material is not porous so it will not damage the surface of your whiteboard. In addition, if you are using your board as a digital whiteboard, you should use the cleaning instructions to avoid the damage.