cleaning dry erase whiteboard

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  1. lauranne26

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    I have used 409, lysol wipes, and even the expo whiteboard cleaner. I still have some marker residue that isn't coming off. It is dry erase marker, and I think it's just build up. Is there anything else I can use to try to get it off so my board likes nice and pretty for BTS?
     
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    Water and a terrycloth towel. Works wonders. :)
     
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    Caesar753 Multitudinous

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    Those cleaners are what is leaving a reside. The Expo cleaner is probably best, but it's expensive.
     
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    "Off" mesquito spray
     
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    really???:confused::confused:
     
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    I use the inexpensive, unscented baby wipes. They work great!
     
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    Windex works great.
     
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    I know it sounds weird, but it will also take sharpie off of laminated objects with ease.
     
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    Try using Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. It works great on my little dry erase boards that the students use.
     
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    Windex works fine for me as well. What kind of eraser do you use? I was in two different rooms last year. I noticed in the room that I used a large sponge or a mop refill that the build up was significantly less. You can buy the bottom of a mop for $1 in the dollar store (easy to hold too). I have also used a car sponge but those go for more money. In the room where I used the Expo Eraser it was simply terrible and no matter how much I cleaned the board it still looked dirty!
     
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    Just a side note since I freaked out once when this happened...

    A teacher wanted to leave a note to my students so she wrote on my white board. I walked up to her to ask her something and noticed a certain smell of sharpie marker instead. She didn't realize she was using one at all until she was done writing and then we had no clue how to take it off. Another teacher shared with us that if we write over the sharpie marker with an Expo marker, it'll come off and it did!

    So should you ever be in that situation.... :)
     
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    TY for that tip.. good to know! Especially since we have whiteboards on the side of the room where the students can write on (even though they aren't suppose to)!
     
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    I wanted to add "rubbing alcohol"...it also works better than Hairspray for removing ink off anything (no sticky residue)
     
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    I used this before. It works wonders! I use nail polish remover to clean dry erase boards. I think it works better than the expensive expo solution.
     
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    I use any kind of baby wipes I have available.
     
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    Rubbing Alcohol. If it can take permanent marker off a whiteboard it can do anything! :)
     
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    I forgot--After you get it clean wax it with Turtle Wax car wax. The wax aids in keeping the markers from penetrating deep into the whiteboard.
     
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    Just my opinion, but I would never put turtle wax on a real white board. Turtle wax should be for small, individual whiteboards only, and even then it's only meant to be used when you're using showerboard or something. Real whiteboards, i.e. whiteboards designed to be whiteboards, shouldn't need turtle wax.
     
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    I LOVE the Magic Erasers! And the Expo cleaner is the ONLY one that I have found that works on "bad" boards. I get the generic magic erasers at DollarTree, and they are great. I just read (somewhere on AtoZ) that you can use Old English lemon oil to bring back the finish. I have tried other brands of "whiteboard cleaners", lysol, clorox bathroom cleaner, scrubbing bubbles, baby wipes, you name it, and the Expo cleaner and the magic erasers, followed by a wipe or two with a paper towel worked best for me!
     
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    Just another FYI - if you are using the low odor Expos, they leave a ton of residue. If you can stand it, use the original ink... they wipe MUCH cleaner.
     

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