You’ll probably have seen them at school, in a business or in the football canteen… a whiteboard that is so dirty that you can’t differentiate between what’s new and what should have been erased. How can you prevent this?
If the whiteboard has a foil, paint or other low-quality surface, you can’t do much about this in the long term. Ink accumulates and bleeds into the surface of your board, also called ghosting. An enamel whiteboard, on the other hand, can be guaranteed to retain its bright white surface. As clean as it came out of its packaging. Here are some tips.
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1. There are markers and markers
Alcohol-based markers are easier to erase and give a nicer, full ink line. What brand of marker do you use? There are very many brands, and not all the markers are easy to erase. Even highly reputed brands sometimes offer poor quality. So try out your pen first. The colour blue is often best at revealing the quality of the marker. Want to be sure? Our own Smit Visual or Chameleon pens have been extensively tested for good quality.
different brands, different quality
2. Erasing during use
Are you writing and do you want to erase what you’ve written immediately? Leave the ink to dry for 5 seconds to prevent smearing. The alcohol needs that time to evaporate so that the ink dries and is easy to erase.
We prefer a microfibre cloth as an eraser. Firstly, because you can wash it, and secondly, because it allows very precise erasing. For example, you can use your finger to erase a small dot in a letter. Furthermore, you can press harder than with a paper eraser that contains a springy sponge.
whiteboard wiping after 1 second
whiteboard wiping after 5 seconds
3. Preventive maintenance and removing smears
Merely erasing when writing is not enough to prevent ink bleeding into your whiteboard. We therefore advise you to clean your board weekly (even daily if you are using it intensively) with an eraser spray for whiteboards. That removes the accumulated smearing on the whiteboard. Because an enamel surface is non-porous, all the ink and dirt can be easily wiped off the board when you use the spray. If you don’t have a spray to hand, try using water.
erase ghosting on a whiteboard
Extra tip: Erasing permanent marker
Oops, accidentally used a permanent marker? No problem. You can erase it in two ways. The first way is to cover it with whiteboard marker, wait 5 seconds and then erase with a microfibre cloth. The second way is to use a good eraser spray and then rub hard.