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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.