How to Get Rid of Whiteboard Marks

Part of the: Whiteboard Collection

When using a whiteboard in a hurry, it’s not unusual to confuse a permanent marker with a dry wipe pen. Both products feel similar in the hand, but they produce very different results.

If you try to remove marks from a whiteboard and realise you’ve used a permanent marker, don’t panic! Several solutions are available to try to remove the unwanted marks from the product’s surface.

What Is the Easiest Way to Get Rid of Whiteboard Marks?

  1. Dry Erase Marker Method

If you’ve made marks with a permanent marker on a whiteboard, try drawing over them with a dry erase version instead. Once you’ve done that, wipe the board with a dry, lint-free cloth or a whiteboard eraser.  

Place a solid block of colour over the unwanted marks from the dry wipe marker. Repeat as necessary until the unwanted marks are gone. It might take several times to finish the job.

  1. Rubbing Alcohol Method

With this method, you’ll need to have hand sanitiser or a bottle of rubbing alcohol available. Two soft cloths, one of them damp with warm water, are also required.

Put a generous dose of hand sanitiser or rubbing alcohol into the damp cloth.

Gently rub the marker away.

Once you’ve achieved some removal, use a clean and dry soft cloth to remove moisture from the whiteboard.

Repeat this process as needed until the ink stain is gone.

  1. Baby Oil Method

If your skin is sensitive to hand sanitiser or rubbing alcohol, you can still get rid of whiteboard marks by using baby oil. You’ll notice your hands developing extra smoothness while using a cloth to erase the stubborn marker.

  1. Nail Polish Remover Method

Please remember to use a nail polish remover that doesn’t contain acetone when using this method. If you use acetone on the whiteboard, you’ll get a cleaner look that restores the initial look of the product. The nail polish remover also degrades the product’s surface, making it harder to erase future marks from dry wipe markers.

What to Avoid When Cleaning Whiteboards

When unwanted marks are on a whiteboard, it can be frustrating to clean the product because the permanent marker lines don’t always disappear. You might be tempted to use an abrasive cleaner, such as melamine foam, but doing so compromises the surface.

It is possible to remove unwanted marks on a whiteboard. By using any or all these techniques, you’ll restore its look and functionality. 


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