Remove White Board Stains

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated June 22, 2015)


Have you ever noticed how useful a white board is? They are easy to use, and often pretty easy to maintain. There is one time though when it is not very easy to clean a white board, and that is when someone has used a permanent marker on it. Removing white board stains such as this doesn't mean that you have to throw the whole thing away. Instead, there are several methods that you can use to remove permanent marker stains as well as other types of stains you can end up finding on your white board.

  • Markers. Believe it or not, one of the easiest methods that you can use to remove white board stains is more markers. Be careful when you use this method though, since you want to make sure that you are actually using white board markers and not other permanent markers. Using a white board marker, scribble over the existing stains. Erase the scribble covered stains using a regular white board eraser. As you erase the scribbles, the stains should disappear as well.
  • Isopropyl alcohol. Isopropyl alcohol (also known as rubbing alcohol) can help remove just about any kind of stain on a white board. Simply pour some of the rubbing alcohol onto a clean white rag, and then begin wiping away the stains. Continue to wipe away the stains until you have washed the entire white board. Rinse the board clean with a clean rag that has been soaked in water. Wipe the board dry, and allow a few hours to pass before you begin to use the board again.
  • WD-40. Spray some WD-40 onto a clean rag, and then begin wiping away at the stains on your white board. This particular methods works really well since it will not only clean off the white board, but also help protect it for future use. As you are wiping away the stains, feel free to liberally reapply the lubricant to the rag as necessary, be sure that you also cover the entire board so that it receives the complete benefit of the treatment.
  • Peroxide. Apply a little bit of hydrogen peroxide onto a clean rag and then begin to wipe away the stains that are on your white board. Continue to do this, pouring new hydrogen peroxide onto the rag, until you have completely removed the stains.
  • Baby wipes. Simply pull a few baby wipes from their packaging, and begin wiping away. Believe it or not, but baby wipes are particularly good at removing petroleum type stains, and white board messes are no different.

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Lee Wyatt

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2015-10-20 09:57:40

Anita Mas

I've heard of using markers to get rid of stains. You can even get rid of permanent marker stains by scribbling over it with a dry erase marker. I've also heard that nail polish remover can get that stuff off. It's nice to know that there are so many ways to keep them clean.

2015-08-05 18:30:41


I had really good success with my white board using SoSafe Yellow Label Graffiti Remover. I had lots of old black marks and a few from permanent marker. SoSafe took it right off and didn't hurt the board itself. My white board looks great again!

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