Nowadays, you will find that whiteboards have completely replaced traditional chalkboards in almost every institution. Whether it is school, college, or tuition, it does not matter. You will only find whiteboards installed in every place rather than the hectic chalk based blackboard that we all grew up with.
Whiteboards are used with a special type of pen that has disposable ink. The pen is designed in such a way that when it is run on a slippery plastic surface like a whiteboard, it leaves a dark trace behind. While the ink is seeable from a distance and very dark in nature, it can be cleaned with a whiteboard duster or even a soft cloth with a single wipe.
But, after continuous usage, you will start to see faint marks on the board that are made by residue ink from the whiteboard pen. Most of the writings on a whiteboard get cleared with a wipe aside from this faint residue that is very hard to get rid of. This happens due to impurities in ink material that does not dispose of ink properly and makes it permanently settled on the whiteboard.
To remove such marking from the whiteboard, you have to take out some time out of your schedule and follow the steps provided in this article. Here, we will first explain various types of whiteboards and different methods that can be used to clean a whiteboard. This way, you can make sure that by investing a little time and effort, you can get your whiteboard as good as new without any problem.
Types of White Board
As whiteboards are a rather new addition to the market, most brands have experimented with different materials in order to achieve the best product with ultimate performance. Within a lot of variety present in the market, you will majorly come across three types of whiteboards that are melamine, porcelain, and tempered glass whiteboards.
1. Melamine Whiteboards
These are probably the most common whiteboards on the Indian market as well as the most affordable ones. Melamine is actually a type of plastic that is supported by the board structure.
The plastic receives a microlevel of finish while it is in production that gives you a smooth surface on which the writing could be done.
While these boards are not expensive, they are also not very durable. Due to the weak structure of plastic, it gets damaged very easily even by a pointed whiteboard marker. These create grooves on the surface of the board and create permanent stains where writing.
2. Porcelain Whiteboards
This is somewhat a special type of whiteboard as it is made out of ceramic material and supported by a steel frame. The frame certainly makes it the most durable option against shocks and impacts. Some Porcelain whiteboards are also magnetic and hence, come at a larger expense as compared to Melamine.
But, it surely makes a lot of difference in regular usage as the ceramic front almost never gets stained. The ceramic surface does not absorb any liquid ink that can be ejected by the market on the surface of the whiteboard accidentally. You will also not face basic problems such as ghosting.
3. Tempered Glass Whiteboards
As the name suggests, the tempered glass whiteboards are made out of tempered glass and generally do not come with an external border frame of any kind. We have observed a lot of uses for tempered glass and a whiteboard is definitely one of the most useful ones. Because it is glass, it offers the smoothest surface that allows you to use any kind of marker on the board.
Also, glass is a highly non porous material. So, glass surfaces rarely get stained by the whiteboard markers. Although, all of these features come at a very expensive price tag. Out of the three major types, tempered glass whiteboards are the most expensive ones.
Cleaning a whiteboard every day is more than just a habit in the case of regular whiteboards. The longer marker ink stays on the whiteboard, the higher is the chance of it getting permanently stained on the whiteboard. If the whiteboard is not cleaned for more than a week, it will be basically uncleanable by a regular approach.
For everyday cleaning, we will recommend you to get a dry duster rather than using a cloth. A duster absorbs much more ink as compared to a cloth and makes the board shiny after every wipe. Also, a cloth holds moisture for a very long time that increases the chances of wet ink on the board that creates permanent stains. Although, it is strongly recommended that you keep the duster as well as marker away from any type of fluid while working with the board.
Once you are finished writing on the board, simply take the duster and try to wipe the board within a single stroke. This way, you will be removing most of the ink in a single blow. In case you require multiple strokes, make sure you follow the same direction of strokes, and do not overlay the same spot again. This results in the deposition of removed ink from the duster on the board.
How to Thoroughly Clean a Whiteboard
If you have accidentally picked up a permanent marker and filled up your whiteboard with all sorts of formulas and drawings, worry not. Here, we will tell you how to clean your whiteboard completely without leaving any trace of your previous work behind. In this method, you will need one or more chemicals out of the list given below:
- Isopropyl Alcohol
- Whiteboard Cleaner
- Mild Detergent & Water
Once you have access to the options given above, you can start the cleaning process.
Method #1. Get a microfibre cloth
When it comes to cleaning, a microfibre cloth can perform wonders. Due to its smooth surface, it removes almost all impurities easily from any surface. To thoroughly clean a whiteboard occasionally, you should keep a microfibre cloth separately that only serves the cleaning purpose.
Method #2. Make sure there are no abrasive parts involved
Abrasive parts including dust, impurities in cleaning solutions, and sharply pointed markers can permanently damage the whiteboard. In such a case, you will not be able to get the board as good as new even after several cleaning sessions. Therefore, it is advised to avoid any abrasive object while cleaning a whiteboard.
Method #3. Cleaning the board with Isopropyl Alcohol
Several testings have provided Isopropyl Alcohol to be the most effective cleaning agent against any form of stain. Alcohol reacts with the stain elements and absorbs the impurities completely. As it is still liquid, it can be wiped with the microfibre cloth easily.
Method #4. Using Whiteboard Cleaner or Windex
The brand that has manufactured the whiteboard that you are currently using most probably also makes the whiteboard cleaning solution. This solution is specially formulated to clean that particular type of whiteboard. Thus, you can expect a similar performance with the whiteboard cleaners. You can also use Windex cleaner if you are cleaning a glass whiteboard.
Method #5. Basic soap and water cleaning
If you do not have access to any of the cleaning agents mentioned above, you can use a soap and water mixture to clean the whiteboard. The only problem, in this case, would be added time to clean the residue soap from the board. Unlike alcohol solutions, soap water does not get evaporated at room temperature. Thus, you will be adding much more effort into the process by using soap water.
Alternatives To Using Chemicals
If you are unsure whether your whiteboard can handle different chemical agents mentioned above without getting damaged, you can try the alternative methods mentioned below. These methods are completely safe and do not pose any harm to the user or the whiteboard.
Method #1. Using a magic eraser
A magic eraser is something you will have to look for thoroughly in the market before you will find it. It is a solid cleaner that cleans the board completely along with the permanent stains and markings. But, a magic eraser is not a permanent solution and needs to be replaced in time.
Method #2. Fabric softener
If you own a washing machine that runs on detergent, you most probably also own a fabric softener that goes with detergent. The fabric softener is used to remove dirt from the difficult parts of the cloth and keep the fabric smooth. Ultimately, it also works the same on whiteboards and gets them clean completely.
Method #3. Vinegar and water mixture
Vinegar is yet another thing that can be commonly found in any kitchen. As it is part of the cooking items, it should be easily available at any general store. Vinegar compounds can remove even the modest stains from metal coins. Therefore, removing whiteboard stains is certainly possible with the vinegar and water solution.
Cleaning a whiteboard might be easier as compared to a traditional blackboard, but it does not stay perfectly clean for a very long time. As it uses ink instead of powdered chalk, there are more chances of ink getting stained on its surface. We hope that if you have also ended up on a stained whiteboard, you now have the knowledge on how to get it clean in an instant.
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