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6 Simple Tips for Removing Stains from Your Dry Erase Board

6 Simple Tips for Removing Stains from Your Dry Erase Board

Cleaning your dry erase board is a rather simple task that only requires an eraser and a good scrub-down after a long day of use. However, if you lack either of these two components, chances are your board will develop those faint marker stains over time, which will make it difficult to read or write legibly.

There are tons of brands that offer different products for cleaning dry erase boards. Most of these will get you good results, though you will have to dig deep into your pockets for many of them.

If you are looking to save some cash and a trip to the stationary store, try one of these methods based on what you have around the house or at the office.

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1. Dry Cleaner Fluid

The same chemical you use to remove stains from your favorite suit or carpet can be used to make your board squeaky clean. To clean your board, spray its surface with carpet stain remover, hairspray, or spray cleaner and then wipe the surface with a piece of cloth or sponge. Then apply a small amount of baby oil or another type of mineral oil to protect the surface.

Before using any type of dry cleaner fluid, ensure the type of dry erase board (e.g. porcelain and melamine) won’t be affected by abrasive compounds in the fluid. If, for instance, you used something like the Remarkable dry erase paint to create an artificial dry erase board, be mindful of the surface on which you used the paint.

2. Rubbing/Isopropyl Alcohol

Rubbing alcohol is also another effective cleaning compound for your dry erase board. The most effective concentration is usually 99%, though 90% isopropyl will also work. 70% will also work, though not as effectively as the higher concentrations.

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Wipe the dry erase board carefully using the dry erase board eraser and a piece of cloth to remove dust. Soak a small piece of cloth with the alcohol and wipe the board thoroughly. Rinse it with warm water and repeat until the marks have cleared.

3. Hand Sanitizer

Apart from sanitizing your hands, hand sanitizers are also perfect for removing marker stains from dry erase boards. Before you begin, ensure the surface is dusted off with a dry piece of cloth. Once the surface is dust-free, apply the hand sanitizer over the surface of the board and let it sit for up to a minute. Then, use a paper towel or soft cloth to wipe the surface of the board for a stainless surface.

4. Vinegar

Vinegar is used for a ton of things at home – from cleaning and cooking to disinfecting wounds as a first aid supplement. To clean your board with white vinegar, mix a teaspoon of vinegar with a cup of water and stir to make a solution. Pour the solution into a spray bottle and spray the surface of the board, using a cloth to wipe it down.

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Alternatively, you can pour the solution into a bowl and use a cloth to wipe the board. Once every inch of the surface has been wiped, dry the surface with a lint-free piece of cloth.

5. Toothpaste

If your dry erase board is made from any type of non-porous material, then toothpaste will work perfectly for many types of stains, including stains from permanent markers. Find an old “decommissioned” toothbrush that won’t be used for brushing teeth and apply regular toothpaste. Apply a little water and begin scrubbing the surface of the board.

Once the surface has been thoroughly scrubbed, use a paper towel to wipe down the surface for a clean, fresh, and stainless look.

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6. Baking Soda

Baking soda is also another effective cleaning agent for removing stains from your dry erase board. For this method, add some baking soda into a container of water and mix thoroughly until it forms a thick paste. Using a piece of cloth or paper towel, apply a small amount of the paste over the surface of the dry erase board and scrub.

You can choose to let it air dry or wipe it down with a paper towel for a crispy clean look.

Conclusion

To prevent damaging your dry erase board, always ensure that the material making up the board is not porous as some of the chemicals can damage the surface. Plus, if your board also doubles up as a digital whiteboard, make sure you go through the cleaning instructions to prevent unnecessary damage.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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