How to clean a old dirty white board?

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  1. ACardAttack

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    How to clean an old dirty white board?

    Okay so my classroom is pretty much set up, only things is I would like to clean the white board...the white board cleaner that I was given wont do anything because all the marks and smudges are at least a couple months old if not older...any suggestions on either something I can buy or a home made remedy that will help me get rid of it?
     
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  3. Zelda~*

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    There's a spray made by Expo that cleans up the dry erase marker smudges.
     
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    And you can work on the worst spots with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, then go over it again with the Expo cleaner.
     
  5. MsDeb

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    Ditto: Magic Eraser! Love those things!
     
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    Comet also works great - although you don't want to do it that often as it will break down the coating.
     
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    Hand sanitizer works well.
     
  8. stevesgirl

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    If the marks won't come off, Rustoleum makes a whiteboard paint that turns any surface into a whiteboard. I just painted over my old whiteboard and it looks much better - the surface had been scratched off by someone else.
     
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    I tried magic erasers, goo gone, and hand sanitizer on stubborn boards. The only thing I could get to work was the Expo cleaner. That stuff is amazing!
     
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    You could try to write over the marks with a dry erase marker, erase them and then clean the board with the expo cleaner. I know with permanent marker, you can get it off by writing over it with a dry erase marker and erasing it.
     
  11. iloveschool

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    My husband gave me this tip and it worked great when my board had been written on with permanent marker-WD40. That's right! It worked!! Took everything right off!! I did have to wipe teh board with windex and a papertowel afterwards to get teh oil film off.
     
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    Mr. Clean Magic Sponges ARE magical!!
     
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    Windex works on it.
     
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    Nail polish remover works well for me!
     
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    My board (old shower board) is HORRIBLE this year. I love almost everything about my job except for the board. It took me 20 minutes to get it cleaned off today so that I could write tomorrow's agenda on it. The other teachers just don't use their boards, but I like to put bell work and things that all my classes need to see on the board.

    Today I tried:
    A regular dry erase eraser: HA, no effect
    Expo wipes: Minimal effect
    Expo spray: Minimal effect
    Cotton balls soaked in rubbing alcohol: Successful if used on the least stained portion of the board, required MAJOR scrubbing on the stained portions.

    Any other miracle suggestions other than painting or buying a new board? I want to ask about paying for my own board, but I'm a new hire so I don't want to seem like a complainy pain in the butt right off the bat.

    ETA: I remember someone at my old school mentioning Turtle Wax to refinish their boards. Has anyone tried that? Mine is SO scratched, it looks like the previous owner used steel wool on it.
     
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    WD-40 worked for me! Good luck!
    P.S. Thank you for the Rustoleum lead.
     
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    This works dead on...another teacher told me to try this and it worked! Takes a few go overs, but the board is looking better!
     
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    My suggestion isn't on how to clean it - it's how to keep it cleaner longer.
    For those who don't know - the low odor markers leave a BUNCH more residue on the board than the original ink markers do. Also - if you use cloth scraps instead of the felt marker erasers, they clean a little better than the erasers. Happy writing, everyone!
     
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    Shop towels make fine erasers - and can be thrown away when they get awful.
     
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    For regular maintenance, I keep a spray bottle filled with water and some hand towels at the board. I've gotten everything off the board with just water so far. I just bring the towels home every so often, throw them into the washer, and bring them back to school.

    This method is extremely inexpensive and very effective. I've found that dry erase erasers either just smear stuff around or leave little "shavings" on the tray--it's a mess to clean up.
     
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    When things get smudgy, I use rubbing alcohol wipes.. they make some that are large like baby wipes and those almost always do the trick.
     

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