Dear Home Ec 101:
A few years ago, I used what we believed to be a dry erase marker. Indeed, I think if I’d immediately erased it, it worked fine. But I didn’t. I left the grocery list up for a while and when I finally bought something from that list, I discovered that it was now permanent. I did try nail polish remover, which does a lovely job cleaning up the rest of the board.
Any other ideas for me? I’d love to remove this list of things I no longer care about buying! (And,
frankly, nail polish remover isn’t my favorite cleaner between the smell and the environmental issues.)
~Fuming in Farmington
There is a simple trick for removing permanent and non-washable marker from whiteboards. Use a good quality dry-erase marker and carefully write over the marks you wish to remove. Allow the new writing to dry and wipe clean.
Care and feeding of whiteboards:
- Never write on a wet whiteboard.
- Thoroughly erase between uses.
- Clean with a solvent* once a week, unless the board is heavily used and then more often may be recommended.
- As a last resort, try Bar Keeper’s Friend.
- After cleaning wipe with pure water and buff to dry thoroughly.
*The solvent depends on the brand of markers used. For example Expo markers would need a ketone based solvent while Expo2 requires an alcohol based cleaner.
Good luck cleaning your whiteboard!