These days, most workplaces and classrooms have been fitted with at least one whiteboard that can be used for brainstorming idea, outlining projects and teaching new skills. One of the hazards associated with these boards, however, is that their accompanying markers are known to stain almost any surface that they touch. Fortunately, there are a number of methods that you can use to remove whiteboard marker effortlessly.
- Antibacterial Hand Gel: This method is most effective on metal surfaces, such as computer monitors and whiteboards themselves. Simply apply the gel to a damp cloth and use it to rub at the stain in a circular motion; the alcohol in the gel should remove the ink without causing any damage to the surface.
- Hairspray: This method can be used on fabric surfaces and even your walls. Spray some generic hairspray directly onto the whiteboard marker and use a wet cloth to scrub them away. You may need to reapply to ensure that the ink has been completely removed. Once you're finished, use another wet cloth to rinse the surface.
- Nail Polish Remover: This method tends to be most effective on fabric, such as clothing and carpet. Apply enough nail polish remover to the whiteboard marker stain so that it has been completely saturated. Cover the area with cling wrap and leave for 20 minutes before blotting at the stain until it has disappeared.
- Rubbing Alcohol: This method is effective on metal and fabric surfaces, including your clothing. Simply apply a small amount to a clean cloth and use it to blot at the whiteboard marker, working from the outside in to keep it from spreading. Once you're finished, wash the item of clothing as per usual.
- Vinegar Solution: This method is also fairly effective on metal surfaces, such as your computer and mobile phone. Mix together a solution that comprises 50% warm water and 50% white vinegar; dip a cloth into it, then use it to rub at the affected area using a circular motion. After a few minutes, the ink should disappear.
If you have managed to get whiteboard marker on a surface that was never meant to be drawn on, it is likely that you are frantically looking for ways that you can remove it without damaging the object in question. Luckily for you, one of the above methods should be effective in completely removing the stain. If one was unsuccessful, do not be wary of trying another method out until you find one that works.