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6 Simple Tips for Removing Stains from Your Dry Erase Board

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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 November 22, 2021

Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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Simplify

I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

Absolutely.

And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

  • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
  • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

Be Mindful

You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

Reflect

As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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