Thursday, April 18, 2013

WD40 and Whiteboards - It really works!

I have this rolling whiteboard/easel that I use for carpet time - I love it, but it's seen better days. Recently I began getting really frustrated because it started leaving gross black residue every time I tried to erase, making mini-lessons SUPER difficult. Turns out I'd stripped all the special wiping properties away when I used my {very, very favorite cleaning tool} Clorox Wipes on them. OH NO.

But, have no fear. Googling saved my whiteboards, and it can save yours too! Google/Pinterest told me that WD40 would revitalize my white boards. Most of the sources I found were slightly iffy Yahoo! Answers-type things, so I figured I'd weigh in as an actual, honest-to-gosh teacher ... it works. A little smelly, so do it one afternoon so it can air out a little, but it works like a charm. Hallelujah!


  1. This is so good to know! I have a few boards that need to be "treated!" Thanks for sharing.
    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  2. No problem! It's saved me so much frustration and quite a bit of $$ if I'd tried to replace the easel I already have. :)

  3. Wow! I can't wait to try this. It is nice to have a review from a real teacher!

    The Math Maniac

  4. Thanks so much Heather and Tara! Hope it saves some white boards for you! :)

  5. Ooh, this is an awesome tip! Too bad I am on vacation, now I have to wait a week to try it out! I am your newest follower! :)

    Fashion Craze Learning Days

  6. I know this is an older post (I got here from a Pinterest Pin, then 'How does she' site...), but I thought I'd mention that Mr Clean Erasers also work great to get those marker streaks off whiteboards. I am hoin yo try WD 40 to see if I can get some shine back in mine. I didn't know we shouldn't used wipes though...Thanks for the tip.

    1. I would avoid Mr Clean Erasers - they are abrasive and will destroy the white board over time.

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