Cleaning Tips For Whiteboards

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Interacive Whiteboards can get really messy but not too difficult to bring back to life if you know a few simple tricks.

Be careful not to use the wrong types of cleaning products as these may damage the surface. Do not use abrasive cleaners as these remove the surface coating making it much harder to clean next time when the ink has soaked into the sub-surface. 

What you need for a dull?whiteboard clean

Dry eraser

Dry erase markers

Rubbing alcohol from a chemist

Water

Spray bottle

Tissues or lint-free cloth

The process

First clean as much as you can using a clean dry whiteboard eraser ?this removes dry dust. 

For any small marks that remain, before you try other cleaners, draw over the offending mark with a new dry erase marker, then wipe it off. Often this will remove stains or marks without resorting to the measures below.

For more stubborn areas or to clean the whole board surface make-up a spray solution. Mix 1 part scrubbing alcohol?with 3 parts of water in a clean spray bottle (if you don’t have access to a propriety whiteboard cleaner made especially for whiteboard cleaning) . 

Shake the spray bottle before use to thoroughly mix the ingredients. 

Spray the board with the cleaner then wipe clean using dry tissues or a cloth.

Apply a little undiluted rubbing alcohol on a clean cloth and leave for about 2 minutes for permanent marker or very stubborn stains.

The process may smear the ink as you clean so you may need to repeat the process a few times with clean dry tissues or cloth.

Leave the whiteboard to dry for 30 minutes or longer after cleaning

This water alcohol spray can be used to brighten a whiteboard that has become dull.

This cleaning process, and almost any other, doesn’t work so well on stains that have remained on the board for many weeks, so the trick is to clean regularly. (there are graffiti type cleaners for boards that don’t come clean with this process ?see the links below for details)

Always allow the cleaned board to dry out thoroughly before re-use. The whiteboard may feel dry to touch but it needs at least half an hour or more to dry thoroughly before you write on it again.  Ideally clean at the end of the day, or at the end of the week, to give the whiteboard a good chance to dry completely.

The name “rubbing alcohol” is a term for either isopropyl alcohol (isopropanol) or ethyl alcohol (ethanol)  products that are readily available from most chemists shops, the term rubbing come from the use as a medical skin cleanser. 

Warnings

Ensure that you are working in a room with adequate ventilation to remove fumes when using an alcohol cleaner

Always test whiteboard cleaners in an inconspicuous area of the board to ensure your board tolerates the  cleaner.

Check the product label warnings. Labels for rubbing alcohol usually include a number of warnings about  flammability hazards and its intended use only as a topical antiseptic and not for internal wounds or consumption. Use in a well-ventilated area due to inhalation hazards. Poisoning can occur from ingestion, inhalation, or consumption. Avoid contact with eyes. Keep safe from children.

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