tip: how to clean a whiteboard

by Patricia on October 13, 2009 · 4 comments

After looking at the same stale notes for months, today I decided to start afresh and began to erase my whiteboard. But because the dry erase ink had been left to sit for so long, it had actually begun to stain the whiteboard. The eraser only took off the top layer, leaving behind almost everything I wanted to remove. I pulled out the “mild formula dry erase board cleaner” that came with the dry erase markers. That took off another twenty percent of the ink but I was still left with words and big smudges. I have this thing about whiteboards: either they should be full of random things I have jotted down or they should be pristine white.

Three more rounds of the mild dry erase board cleaner did nothing to improve the situation. The solution? Nail polish remover. Yes, today is a great day to be a girl. And my white board is clean to boot.

Update: In addition to nail polish remover, alcohol and even white vinegar work as well. And also, nail polish remover is great for removing the gunky sticker messes (which I am happy to know because there is very little that I hate more than those price stickers that won’t come off). — Thanks to all who shared their tips with me.


1 Alicia October 15, 2009 at 7:31 am

Alcohol works too. The medicinal kind – not the stuff you drink. Although that might work too.

2 Brit Hammer October 14, 2009 at 1:59 pm

Yeah, nail polish works on lots of stuff, especially getting off the gunk left from stickers. But you could also try humble plain white table vinegar. It works, too. :-)

3 Kristi October 13, 2009 at 5:36 pm

Nail polish remover? I have words on my whiteboard that have been there FOREVER! Must – go – clean.

4 Patricia October 14, 2009 at 12:40 pm

haha, I can only imagine what those words are… I hope it works for you too :)

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