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Removing permanent marker from whiteboards

Updated: 24/08/2022 at 16:53

Have you ever accidentally used a permanent marker on your whiteboard instead of a whiteboard pen?

Mistakes happen, and we know how frustrating it can be when you think you’ve ruined your whiteboard for good.

So that you dont have to ruin your whiteboard surface, we have tested 6 of the most popular options. So before resigning yourself to using your precious budget to replace the board, check out these methods:

10 coloured medium tip drywipe markers
Method 1: Drywipe Marker
  • Using a drywipe pen, scribble or trace over the permanent marker
  • While the ink is still damp, use a whiteboard eraser to wipe the board clean
  • This should remove some of the permanent marker, and can be repeated until all the ink is gone
Scoring

Effectiveness

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Do we recommend this method

All the Time / Sometimes / Never


Comments

If you use the same colour ink and it is a small area this is very quick and effective, but you may damage your drywipe marker in the process or the board will become stained.

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Method 2: Alcohol Hand Sanitiser
  • Apply hand sanitiser (we all have plenty available!) to a clean, soft cloth
  • Rub away the permanent marker
  • Wipe over the area with a dry clean, soft cloth and repeat if necessary
Scoring

Effectiveness

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Do we recommend this method

All the Time / Sometimes / Never


Comments

If you have some to hand it is a good option to remove the marks, however the surface maybe impared with residue and it will not improve the surface.

Method 3: ‘Minty Fresh’ Toothpaste
  • Wipe a small amount of toothpaste onto a soft tissue
  • Rub the surface of the whiteboard over the permanent ink
  • Repeat untill ink has been removed, more toothpaste maybe required
  • Once removed use a clean cloth and whiteboard cleaner to remove the paste residue
Scoring

Effectiveness

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Do we recommend this method

All the Time / Sometimes / Never


Comments

This requires more elbow-grease and is incredible abrasive. The toothpaste will leave a residue that requires additional cleaning.

Method 4: Pencil Eraser
  • Grab a plastic pencil eraser
  • With moderate pressure start rubbing the ink on the surface
  • Continue until the marks are gone
Scoring

Effectiveness

Rating: 1 out of 5.

Do we recommend this method

All the Time / Sometimes / Never


Comments

If you have nothing else but this, it may get you out of a bind, but it requires a lot of patience and elbow-grease to get anything half sensible.

Method 5: Special Cloth
  • Grab the special cloth
  • Start rubbing the surface with the textured side over the ink
  • Continue till the marks are gone
Scoring

Effectiveness

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Do we recommend this method

All the Time / Sometimes / Never


Comments

If you happen to already have this cloth, then it does work, but requires plenty of pressure. The surface that works is rather abrasive and could damage your whiteboard.

Method 6: Show-me Magix
  • Set the trigger to mist (250ml version) or use the pump spray (100ml version)
  • Spray the surface covering the ink
  • While the cleaner is still wet, wipe the ink away using a tissue
  • Repeat as needed, until marks are gone
  • Finish with a final spritz and wipe to condition the surface
Scoring

Effectiveness

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Do we recommend this method

All the Time / Sometimes / Never


Comments

If you purchased a Classpack or Bulk Box you will already have a 100ml sample bottle to use in these situations. This may not be as redily to hand but is by far the best solution with aftercare.

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