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Materials should avoid using to clean a whiteboard

In our last blog, we’ve listed some materials and steps for cleaning a dry erase board. Many people are curious about if there are some materials we should NOT use to clean a whiteboard. Most of them we list below might be effective at first with containing some elements to work well such as alcohol. While they actually have damaged your whiteboard surface permanently and reduced your product life.

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Here are some whiteboard cleaning materials that may not be suitable or require cautious use:

-Hand sanitizer:

Most hand sanitizers contain alcohol, similar to isopropyl rubbing alcohol, but they often have other additives such as gels and fragrances. Therefore, hand sanitizers may not be the ideal choice as they can leave residues or cause staining on the whiteboard surface.

- Hairspray:

Hairsprays contain 25-50% alcohol and that is why people think it works for cleaning whiteboard. But Hairsprays also typically contain sticky ingredients and are not suitable for cleaning whiteboard surfaces. They can leave sticky residues on the surface. Adhesives may rip up the board coating when removed, reducing the using life of the surface while you won’t notice it by eyes.

-Acetone or a nail polish remover that contains acetone:

Acetone or nail polish remover containing acetone can potentially damage the coating on the whiteboard surface, so it is not recommended to use them for cleaning. They may cause fading, corrosion, or damage to the coating.

-Orange cleaners like Goo Gone and Fantastik:

Orange cleaners are typically used to remove sticky substances and label residues, but they can be too strong for regular whiteboard cleaning. Before using these cleaners, test them in an inconspicuous area to ensure they do not have any adverse effects on the surface.

-Baby wipes:

Baby wipes may not be the most ideal choice for whiteboard surfaces because their moisture may not be sufficient for effective cleaning of the whiteboard surface. Additionally, baby wipes usually contain gentle moisturizers that can leave residues or cause staining on the whiteboard.

-Pam or other cooking oil sprays:

These cooking oil sprays are usually not suitable for cleaning whiteboard surfaces as they can leave greasy residues that make the whiteboard harder to clean.


Aftershaves typically contain alcohol and other chemical ingredients, and they are not suitable for cleaning whiteboard surfaces. They may cause damage to the coating or cause staining.


Toothpaste usually contains abrasive particles and chemical ingredients, and it is not suitable for cleaning whiteboard surfaces. They may cause surface scratches or damage.


Vinegar is an acidic substance and is not recommended for direct use on whiteboard surfaces. Vinegar can corrode the coating and cause damage. Be sure to dilute vinegar with water before using it even it works on your whiteboard stain.


Peroxide is typically used for bleaching and disinfecting and is not recommended for cleaning whiteboard surfaces. Peroxide may have adverse effects on the coating.

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