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8 Maintenance Tips for Your Whiteboard

2016-06-29

Whether in the classroom, your office cubicle or the conference room at work, whiteboards have become a staple of our daily lives. Due to their regular use, though, whiteboards can lose their bright white shine to stains and ghosting.

Here we discuss eight tips to help you maintain your whiteboard.

1. Use the Right Products

To best maintain your whiteboard, you should use the right writing products. Writing utensils not made specifically for whiteboards will stain the board. Paper towels and erasers made for chalkboards spread the ink out, so use microfiber erasers or cloths instead. And while many at-home solutions may work for cleaning your whiteboard, a specialised cleaner will do the most thorough job and take care of most ghosting.

2. Wait for Ink to Dry

Whenever you make a mistake, you may want to immediately erase it and start over. However, in order to make your whiteboard last longer, wait a moment until the ink dries before erasing. When you try to erase wet ink, you spread out the ink and make any potential stains larger.

3. Replace Markers Regularly

This may sound obvious, but when a marker starts to run out of ink, don’t try to get every last drop out of it. Just toss it out and get new markers. The felt tips of markers running out of ink get dry and start to fray, which can scratch up your whiteboard. You can fix stains, but not scratches, so avoid using dry markers at all costs.

4. Replace the Eraser Regularly

While tossing out old markers may not pose a problem for you, you may have an eraser that needs replacing. It doesn’t take long for an eraser to fill with ink and stop erasing as effectively as it used to. Keep an eye on your eraser to see how dirty it is and replace it when necessary. Use one that isn’t black to have a better idea when to replace it.  

5. Don’t Let Writing Sit

While it’s true sometimes you need to keep certain writing up on the board for long periods of time, especially if you use your whiteboard for long-term planning, it’s best not to let ink sit. Erase the writing on your whiteboard as soon as you’re done with it in order to prevent ghosting.

6. Avoid Hitting the Board

Chances are, you’re not going around actively hitting whiteboards on purpose. Accidents do happen, though, especially if your whiteboard happens to be in a classroom full of young students. Do what you can to prevent things from hitting your board, as impact can dent or even break it.

7. Clean Daily

Clean your whiteboard daily. Erase the current marks on it as usual, and then wipe it down with a wet cleaning solution. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe it down to prevent scratching. After wiping the board down, dry it with a second microfiber cloth.

8. Write Over Stains With Marker

Like we mentioned earlier, sometimes accidents happen. Sometimes you’re sleep-deprived and you reach for a pen instead of a dry erase marker. Or a young student grabs a permanent marker instead of a dry erase one. Both of these writing utensils will stain your whiteboard, but don’t panic just yet.

Try writing over the stain with a dry erase marker. The new ink reactivates and pulls in the old ink so when you erase the dry erase marker, the stain comes up with it. If this trick doesn’t quite fully remove the stain, use specialised whiteboard cleaner.

Remember to apply these tricks to your daily routine so your whiteboard can stay brighter and last longer.

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