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Preparing & Cleaning


Must I prepare my whiteboards before use?

During the manufacturing process dust is generated and it clings to the whiteboards. While we clean our whiteboards with compressed air before shipping, they probably can still use a good going over before initial use. Dust with a clean damp cloth; avoid soaking the board (especially the back) to avoid staining.

What are all those really fine "hairs" sticking out from along the whiteboards' edges?

When we make whiteboards, we use a router to finish the edges and handhold. As the router blade begins to become dull, the routering process begins to leave micro fibers sticking out from the edges the the whiteboards. These will wear off with normal use in just a few days. However, if you find them bothersome, they can be removed with fine sandpaper. When using sandpaper, be careful not to abrade the white surface of the whiteboard.

When my whiteboards arrived, they were slightly bowed. What's happening?

Whiteboards are made of a compressed wood product held together by glue. The wooden material of the whiteboard can therefore be affected by changing conditions of humidity. Once whiteboards reach equilibrium with your classroom atmosphere, however, they will return to their flat condition. This can sometimes take a few days. After that, it's generally not a problem if they are stored vertically with the long edge in contact with the floor.

Can I prepare the white marking surface to make erasing easier?

Several of our customers indicate that they polish the white surface of their boards with car wax to enhance erasability. If you would like to try this, experiment with a small portion of a single whiteboard first. We make no warranties that this will improve erasability.

My whiteboards are getting harder to erase with time. What's happening?

Most commonly we find that dirty erasers are the main culprit. When erasers become saturated with dry erase ink, they can no longer absorb more ink and merely push it around the white writing surface. It's time either to replace the old eraser with a new or cleaned eraser. Did you know that some dry erasers can be washed with water to return them to like-new condition? Check your eraser packaging to see if this is possible.

When I leave markings on dry erase boards for several days, they become harder to erase.

This is a common experience. So, if this is a recurring problem with you, you might want to consider erasing your whiteboards before they are stored. If you want to preserve information on whiteboards (and many teachers and students do), then consider photographing whiteboard contents before erasure and storage.

How can I remove hard-to-erase markings on a whiteboard?

While commercial products can be purchased for cleaning whiteboards after use, it’s just as easy to prepare and use your own solutions for pennies on the dollar. A safe solution consisting of 1 part store-bought 70% isopropyl rubbing alcohol or 100% ethyl alcohol (ethanol) to 4 parts water by volume will do the trick. Start with a whiteboard that has been thoroughly erased. Then, put your solution into a spray bottle, mist the whiteboard, and wipe the whiteboard dry with a clean, non-abrasive cloth. This will take care of ordinary smudges that result from the day-to-day use of a whiteboard.

A more thorough cleaning can be done using undiluted 70% isopropyl alcohol or 100% ethyl alcohol. You will want to be careful using any undiluted alcohol as it is highly flammable. Also, it is best to give your whiteboards a thorough cleaning in a location with good airflow.

Failure to start with a reasonably clean board and cleaning rag in either of the two above situations is likely to result in marker ink being smeared all over the whiteboard's writing surface by the cleaning rag. This can be a problem especially when using stronger cleaning solutions.

What about permanent markers?

Sometimes permanent markers are inadvertently used on whiteboards. Our experience has shown that permanent marks often can be removed by going over them with a standard dry erase marker and then erasing as usual. The solvents contained within dry erase markers can sometimes dissolve the permanent markings, though there is no guarantee that this will always be the case.

 
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Last updated August 17, 2015