It is the bane of every teacher and public speaker’s existance– dry erase marker stains that won’t come off your dry erase board. EXPO & Quartet make great dry erase board cleaners that get rid of stubborn stains, but if you don’t have any on hand, there are a surprising number of products found in nearly every home and maintenance supply closet that should do the trick.
Clean dry erase board marker stains with:
- Isopropyl Alcohol
Make sure you are using the 99% or 90% solution. The 70% stuff doesn’t work nearly as well.
No 99% Isopropyl alcohol on hand to clean your dry erase board? Try peroxide.
- Hand Sanitizer
Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are better than “natural” sanitizers at cleaning your dry erase board — better at killing germs on your hands too.
At this point, I want to know if there is anything WD-40 can’t do. (Answer: yes.)
Spray on, wipe off, then get rid of the sticky residue with soap and water.
Actually, toothpaste removes stubborn stains from most smooth, non-porous surfaces.
Slightly abrasive like toothpaste, and contains alcohol for added cleaning power.
Abrasive with proven cleaning power. Your dry erase board will look brand new.
- Coffee Grinds
Of course, once you’ve used coffee grinds to scrub off dry erase marker stains, you have to turn around and clean off the brown coffee residue. Still, works in a pinch!
Should probably list this first, since vinegar and water are my go to solution for most cleaning projects.
Do you have any tips and tricks for keeping your dry erase board looking new? We’d love to here them. Share your advice in the comments.