The whiteboard is no longer relegated to the classroom and has found new purpose in homes, offices, and businesses throughout the world. A whiteboard provides an excellent way to stay organized, be creative, or make a plan while requiring minimal care to maintain performance. Here is a list of whiteboard tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your whiteboard.

workshop-2209239_1920Dry Erase Markers and Erasers

All dry erase markers are suitable for whiteboards, but solvent-based dry erase markers perform better than water-based or low odor markers. Solvent-based markers dry quicker than water-based ink, are more erasable, and less likely to leave a film on the boards surface. While solvent-based dry erase markers perform better, they require replacement when they start to show signs of drying. Dirty felt or erasers will also result in poor erasability, and both require regular replacement.

hand-leans-on-whiteboard_925xPreparing the Whiteboard

New whiteboards will perform best by taking a few steps before the initial use. After removing the protective film, clean the board using a cloth moistened with high-quality whiteboard cleaner, which will remove anything left over from the manufacturing process. Rinse the board with warm, clean water to remove any cleaner residue and finally wipe the surface with a clean, dry cloth. This step is simple but very important to the erasability and durability of your whiteboard.

meeting-notes-on-whiteboard_925xGeneral Maintenance

Whiteboards used moderately should be cleaned at least two to three times a week with a high-quality whiteboard cleaner or warm water. Surfaces used more intensely may require daily cleaning, and whiteboards with writing left on them for two or more days may need a more thorough cleaning. Always use a cleaner designed specifically for whiteboards to avoid any damage that a non appropriate cleaner could cause and always rinse the surface thoroughly with warm water to remove any residue that may result in poor dry erasability.

Removing Permanent Marker

Unfortunately, it happens. The wrong marker in the wrong spot and the wrong hands leading to a permanent mark on your dry erase whiteboard. There’s no need to panic as there is a quick and easy way to remove permanent marker from the surface of a whiteboard. Simply write over the top of the permanent marker with a dry-erase marker and erase. This process will remove the permanent marker in most cases.

If a more stubborn stain requires deeper cleaning moisten a clean, dry cloth with rubbing alcohol and wipe the board using a circular motion to loosen the marker residue. Rinse the whiteboard surface with clear, warm water and dry with a clean cloth. Repeat the process as required to remove all residue.

Removing Crayon or Tape

Both crayon and tape removal require the use of a small amount of bleach free, non-abrasive cleanser on a clean cloth. For best results follow non-abrasive cleaner instructions found on the product label. Start with a small area and use a back and forth horizontal motion, applying gentle pressure as if you were cleaning a window. Wipe off the cleaner residue with a dry cloth before rinsing well with clean, warm water and wiping dry with a clean cloth. Repeat the procedure, doing only a small area at a time, until the whiteboard is clean.

1Get Creative

Whiteboards are versatile and foster creativity. Use a whiteboard for an extra large wall calendar to help you organize your days, weeks and months and keep others informed of your activities. Whiteboards are not only for walls but can be placed over the top of a desk or even a conference table, creating a unique way to brainstorm and share ideas. The whiteboard is excellent for brainstorming, planning, assessment, scheduling and the traditional things to do list.

Uses for a whiteboard are as endless as your imagination offering the perfect work area for nearly any project, and with proper care, your Bootstrap board will last for years. To learn more about this or anything else contact us today.