How To Clean A Whiteboard

To better understand why you are having problems cleaning your whiteboard please read the following. I apologize for being wordy however all will help you understand what you are up against and how to solve the problem. The common words used in the whiteboard industry are the following:


After writing on the whiteboard and you try to wipe it clean, a light shadowing of what you had written is still there. In many cases even after using a whiteboard cleaner.


When attempting to wipe the whiteboard clean, the dry erase marker smears all over the whiteboard surface leaving an unsightly mess.

So what’s causing the Smudging and Ghosting?

It’s the residue buildup from the oily solvents in the dry erase markers or the cleaner you are using. (Only use a cleaner that is designated as a Whiteboard Cleaner) The residue build up will hold onto the inks in dry erase marker leaving a ghosting effect or when wiping the ink is being pushed around and being held onto by the residue build up which causes smudging.

So what should I do for I still have this problem and I use a whiteboard cleaner?

Unfortunately, off the shelf whiteboard cleaners do not remove the residue buildup left behind by the dry erase markers, which is the main cause of the issues you are having with cleaning your whiteboard. Off the shelf whiteboard cleaners do remove the pigment from the dry erase marker in most cases if it is not, the cleaner is simply not powerful enough to pull the pigment out of the heavy residue build up.

First of all, do not get frustrated and try to clean your whiteboard with cleaning products that are not designated as whiteboard cleaners as they will cause you more problems or destroy your whiteboard surface. Note: online there are many reference’s to remedies however treat them as old wives tales as we have tested them all and found that they do not work.

So what do I do now?

If you are reading this article there is a good chance you have already tried off the shelf whiteboard cleaners and found that they are not doing the job for you.

I would suggest try MB1OW Whiteboard cleaner. When searching online, you will find many positive references to the product. Even Staples is trying to get into the positive reviews by baiting you to their site with MB10W even though they do not carry the product; they will try and switch you over to another product. In the marketing world we call this “bait and switch”.

MB10W Whiteboard Cleaner has many features over their competitors.

  • MB10W was designed to remove the residue buildup on your whiteboard restoring it back to its dry erase properties eliminating ghosting and smudging you have.
  • MB10W is virtually odorless compared to its competitors. The odorless whiteboard cleaner offers two additional benefits.
    1. When cleaning in a small meeting room they will not drive you out the room.
    2. Employees are likely to clean the whiteboard when needed.
  • MB10W is aggressive in removing the dry erase ink and residue maintaining a user and environmentally friendly formula. Very little elbow grease is required. It has been reported buying one bottle of MB10W is like buying 3-4 bottles of its competitors.

How often do I need to clean my whiteboard with a whiteboard cleaner?

How often you need to use a whiteboard cleaner will depended on how heavily your whiteboard is used to keep the dry erase properties of your whiteboard. What I mean about dry erases properties is after writing on your white board it will wipe clean with just a wipe with a paper towel, cloth or dry erase eraser without using a cleaner. Rule of thumb is once a week.

How to clean a whiteboard

A spray and wipe should do for well-maintained whiteboards. For whiteboards that have not been cleaned on a regular bases follow these instructions to remove the heavy residue from your whiteboard. After this, a spray and wipe will only be necessary when cleaning with MB10W whiteboard cleaner.

  • Spray on MB10W whiteboard cleaner.
  • Wipe clean with a paper towel or clean cloth. Do not use your dry erase eraser as it will smudge your whiteboard and destroy your dry erase eraser.
  • For old whiteboards or heavily used whiteboards, spray on whiteboard cleaner, wipe as clean as possible then take a damp cloth (water) and wipe down the whiteboard, followed by a wip with a dry clean cloth or paper towel to remove the heavy residue build up. If required repeat. Your whiteboard will now have its dry erase feature back. After that, a spray and wipe will do.