Our marker board has seen better days. After 11 years of homeschooling, the writing would no longer wipe off. I spent last year cleaning it repeatedly with different cleaners, trying to make it last a little longer. Finally, at the end of last year, nothing would get the marks completely off.
I saw an advertisement for a second hand shop that had large marker boards for $13. That's a great deal, except for one problem; we are ridiculously sentimental around here and the Jr.s were having no part in me getting rid of THE marker board. What's a Mom to do? Google, of coarse!
I found some ideas for reconditioning our marker board and thought I would give it a go. The original directions can be found here. I improvised a bit, and it worked, without having to spend a dime.
1. First, I wiped down the entire marker board with a dry cloth.
2. Then, because I didn't have any marker board cleaner, I used plain old rubbing alcohol on a dry rag to get all the ink off the marker board. I would like to claim genius about why I used alcohol, but I think it's got more to do with the nurse in me (we do, after all, use alcohol rubs for most anything). ;)
3.Once all the ink is off, spray the entire board down with WD-40 or a generic equivalent and spread it all over the board. Do not buff the WD-40 off, just let it sit there for a little while and it soaks in.
4. Wipe off any excess & voila! The marker board is as good as new.
* If the ink doesn't wipe off after you have done this process, respray with WD-40 and let it sit a little longer. I had to reapply the WD-40 because I really buffed it off the first time.
It looks like I have found a way to make our marker board last a little longer, but I've still got another 12 years of homeschooling to go. I wonder if it will last?