How to Clean Your Whiteboard

Are you tired of seeing stubborn stains and ghost marks on your whiteboard that won't go away? Cleaning a whiteboard properly is essential to making it last longer. In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through the process of cleaning a whiteboard effectively and removing even those pesky permanent marker stains. With just a few easy steps, you can get your whiteboard looking brand new!

Materials Needed:

    • Microfibre cloth
    • Whiteboard eraser
    • Isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) or methylated spirits
    • Water
    • Dish soap
    • Spray bottle
    • Clean, dry towels or paper towels



    Step 1: Prepare the Cleaning Solution

    In a spray bottle, mix an equal amount of water and isopropyl alcohol. This means if you use one cup of isopropyl alcohol, you should mix it with one cup of water. This balanced mixture will create an efficient cleaning solution that helps remove stains and residue from your whiteboard without causing damage to the surface.

    whiteboard cleaning solution and towel

    If your whiteboard is especially dirty or has permanent marker stains, you can add a small amount of mild dish soap to the solution. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners, as they may damage the surface of the whiteboard.


    Step 2: Remove Stains and Marks Using an Eraser or Dry Erase Marker

    Before applying the cleaning solution, use a whiteboard eraser to remove any previous residue left behind. To prevent smudging gently wipe the surface with the eraser, starting from one side and working your way to the other. If the stains continue to be stubborn, try writing over (tracing) them with a dry erase marker, waiting a few seconds, and then rubbing them off with an eraser, cloth, or paper towel.  

    remove whiteboard stains with a marker

    Step 3: Apply the Cleaning Solution

    Spray the cleaning solution onto the whiteboard. Don’t saturate the surface, a gentle mist should be enough. For stubborn stains, let the solution soak into the stain for a few minutes.

    spray the whiteboard cleaning solution


    Step 4: Wipe Off the Stains

    wipe off the whiteboard stains


    Take a microfibre cloth and gently wipe the whiteboard in a circular motion. For permanent marker stains, you may need to apply a bit more pressure to help remove and lift the marker ink from the surface.


    Step 5: Rinse and Dry

    Once the stains are removed, dampen a clean cloth with water and wipe down the whiteboard to remove any remaining cleaning solution. Then, use a dry cloth or paper towel to ensure the surface is completely dry.


    Whiteboard Maintenance Tips

    To keep your whiteboard in pristine condition, follow these maintenance tips:

      • Clean your whiteboard regularly to prevent marker residue buildup.
      • Avoid using permanent markers on the whiteboard, especially as they’re not designed for that purpose!
      • Always use a soft cloth or a whiteboard eraser to avoid scratches.


      Regular maintenance is key to keeping your whiteboard clean

      In 5 easy steps, keeping your whiteboard in pristine condition has never been simpler. If you’re short on time and want to keep your whiteboard clean in seconds, we recommend trying a whiteboard spray cleaner that’s proven to remove any stains on your whiteboard (even permanent marker stains), leaving it spotless like magic!

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