We all have seen whiteboards with marks from years past or an accidental permanent mark. Here are a few tricks and tips to get that board looking good as new, with items you can find in the office or classroom.
Get a dry erase marker (yes, you make marks to take marks away) and a dry eraser. The darker the color of marker you use, the easier the marks will disappear! Draw over what you want to erase (make sure you draw slowly to fill it in better).This takes a few times in each spot and so it takes a while and wears out markers.Erase what you’ve written over as you normally would. Surprise! It erases. This is also a great method when you’ve accidentally used permanent marker instead of dry erase!
Spray WD-40 and wipe. The lubricant will condition the board for future use.
Spray a film of hairspray, let it soak in for a couple of minutes, then clean off with a good paper towel or cotton rag. You can use just plain soap and water to clean any stickiness left over, or better yet use a shampoo & conditioner combo with water to clean the hairspray off and lubricate the board for next time.
The toothpaste method appears to be the leading alternative way for removing dry erase marker. Use ordinary white toothpaste. It contains a very mild abrasive and is water soluble. Plus, it will leave your whiteboard minty fresh! This method will also remove permanent marker marks from most smooth, non-porous surfaces. Any brand will do.
6. Muscle Cream
This is similar to the toothpaste method, and removes permanent marker stains with only a few medium pressure wipes. Its less abrasive than toothpaste, and the alcohol acts as a better cleaning agent.
Oxy Clean or any of the generic brands of this cleaner work almost as well as Peroxide. This powder should be made into a paste and then rubbed in a circular motion using a soft cloth. Rinse the residue away with water.
8. Baking Soda
Use baking soda and a small amount of water added. This works well on marks from permanent marker.