Owning your own dry erase board may be one of the coolest items to ever have. You can use it to teach a class, conduct a training at work, or just de-stress with a couple of drawing sessions. What is amazing is when you do not need the content anymore, you can just erase it all and you practically have a brand new board again! It’s not like paper where after you write or draw on it, it becomes a real hassle to erase it all and start over (I would rather just grab a new sheet of paper).
Although owning a white board may be awesome, there are a few responsibilities that do come with it. For one, the ink from the dry erase markers may sometimes leave a smudge after excessive use. To remove the smudge, you’ll just need a wet towel and it should be come off pretty easily.
But let’s say there are children around and you happen to have a permanent marker lying around. Without realizing, the child can accidentally use that to draw/write on the white board. Or let’s say the child does use the dry erase markers, but forgets to erase it after his session. For both cases, it still leaves behind a permanent marking on your board. Upon seeing, it, you are probably feeling quite frustrated when you are unsuccessful in removing the markings with your eraser. What can you do in this case?
Methods to Remove the “Permanent” Markings
There are a couple of methods you can try to remove the “permanent” ink markings on your white board. The most common ways are the use of these 2 solutions:
These work really well to remove the “permanent” markings off your board. Although they may work well in the short term, you might want to be careful when it comes to long term use. Alcohol will wear out the board making it less shiny with time. Acetone, on the other hand, will wear out the protective film on the white board.
So if these two solutions work well to remove the “permanent” markings but at the cost of damaging the white board, what other method can be used? In fact, there is actually another solution that won’t damage the board and it may be simpler than you think!
The Most Convenient Method
The best and most convenient method to remove the markings off your white board would actually be to use your dry erase markers! It may sound counterproductive since that is the very thing you are trying to remove, so how do you use it to remove those markings?
To remove the dried ink markings from your white board, all you have to do is trace over them with your dry erase markers. Shortly after, you can try wiping it off with either the eraser or a towel. You will notice that it will start to come off. It may require multiple sessions but eventually the “permanent” markings will come off completely. You can also remove the residue that gets built up after with water and a towel (Perhaps a microfiber towel!). Pretty simple!
How Does It Work
The ink from the dry erase markers are designed to stick to the board and to be easily removed while it is still wet. As soon as it becomes dried, the ability to be easily removed disappears. When the dried “permanent” ink comes into contact with fresh dry erase marker ink, it becomes “renewed” in a sense.
The reason for this is that the dry erase markers contain a small dose of mild alcohol (about 40%) which helps with dissolving and mixing things together. In this case, it starts to dissolve the dried ink (both the sharpie and the dry erase markers) that was stuck to the board. Essentially, the dried ink becomes close enough to the state of the ink that comes straight out of the pen. During this time while the ink is fresh, it can be manipulated around so this would be a good time to wipe away.
Encountering “permanent” markings on your white board can be quite a shocking feeling. An automatic response may be to try to wipe down the markings with a towel mixed with soap and water but that might not work too well. The next response may be to resort to strong chemicals like alcohol (usually 70%) or acetone, but then that would just end up wearing down the white board.
But the solution to removing the markings is much easier than you had imagined and that was the use of the dry erase markers themselves!
Did you enjoy this life hack on removing permanent markings on your dry erase board? Please leave a comment below!