Care and Maintenance
General Cleaning: Erasable Marker Pens contain an ink that dries instantly and is easily erased with cloth, tissue or Chalkboard eraser. After a period of use, a film or haze could develop on the surface of the board, which is the result of the ink residue that might not be completely removed when the board is erased. Even though the film exists, the marker colors remain vivid. By using a spray-on type of glass cleaner, the board may be given a thorough cleaning. Simple spray the surface and briskly rub with a clean cloth. Then rinse with clear water. Avoid using caustic or abrasive type cleaners.
Erasable Markers: The key to the erasability is the solvent base in the erasable marker, which dries quickly. The marker should be kept tightly capped when not in use. With proper care, this marker will have a very long life as opposed to a regular marker. This marker is designed to be used on the Erasable Marker Board. It should not be used on any other surface. Use only good quality dry or erasable markers. Best-Rite can assume no responsibility for surface quality if other type markers are used.
Caution: As the ink will set after a period of time and may be very difficult if not impossible to erase,do not leave the marker ink on the board for several day before erasing. Erasing the board every day will help eliminate this problem. If the ink is left on the board for several days, the cleaning procedures above will remove the ink, or, the line may be re-inked with any color, and then when erased the line will disappear.
Removing Soil Marks: Soil marks (such as paint, oil, crayon stains, tape marks, etc.), which cannot be removed with washing, may be removed without damage to the board surface by using household cleaners or cleaning fluids such as denatured alcohol. Under no circumstances should cleaners which contain paint remover be used.
Always clean boards when they are new. Some grease or residue may be left on the surface form the manufacturing process. Wash with a household cleaner or detergent Be sure to completely rinse any soap from the surface.
Permanent markers, pencils and ball point pens erase with a damp cloth. Chalks will erase like a conventional chalkboard. Crayon will erase with soapy water.
Dry erase markers erase with a felt eraser with only a small amount of ghosting that can be removed completely with a damp cloth.
Daily Care & Cleaning:
- Wipe surface with a clean cloth moistened with a liquid glass cleaner.
- Rinse with clean, clear water.
- Wipe dry with clean, dry cloth.
Special Cleaning of hard to remove residues
- Dampen clean, dry cloth with water and sprinkle a small amount of cleanser on the wet cloth.
- Begin cleaning a small manageable area with a back and forth motion using normal pressure as if cleaning a window.
- Wipe off all residue with a dry cloth.
- Rinse with clear water.
- Wipe dry with a clean, dry cloth.
- Repeat, if necessary, and clean the remainder of the board with the same method.
- Recommended cleaner - Barkeeper's Friend.
Removal of Permanent marker stains from your board.
- Moisten a clean, dry cloth with isopropyl alcohol.
- Wipe the board in a circular motion to loosen marker residue.
- Dry with a clean, dry cloth, clean water rinse and wipe dry.
- Repeat as often as necessary to remove all residue.
Washing the Chalkboard: Although the chalkboard surfaces are unimpaired by washing, it is recommended that excessive washing be limited to individual requirements and chalkboard usage. To wash the chalkboard surface, use mild household detergents and rinse with clean, clear water, which is changed frequently.
For best results, use only high grade all-felt or chamois type erasers as dry and clean as possible and free of accumulated dust at all times. Do not use wet or dampened type erasers.
Vinyl Covered Tackboards: These boards are covered with tough, durable vinyl with fabric backing. Crayon, glue, and other soiled spots can be cleaned with detergents and water.
Valu-Tak, Natural Cork Plate, and Natural Add-Cork Tackboards: These boards have a fine grain natural cork surface that is durable and resilient. They require care in handling and should be damp-cleaned with mild soap and water. Stubborn stains may be removed with fine sandpaper.
Colored Cork Plate and Colored Add-Cork Tackboards: These boards have a fine grain texture and are constructed from pure cork and natural cork pigments, combined under heat and pressure with oxidized linseed oil, allowing the cork to be colored throughout. They are washable with detergents and water. Stubborn stains may be removed with abrasive scouring powders and water.
Fabric-Covered Tackboards: These boards are covered with a tough, durable fabric that is completely washable and is unaffected by most chemicals, acids, alkalis, salts, and cleaning agents (including household bleach).
Furniture general care and cleaning instructions
- Do not drop heavy objects on laminate and melamine surfaces. It is possible to chip or gouge the surface if a heavy object is dropped on the table top abruptly.
- Do not place hot objects on laminate and melamine surfaces. It is possible to blister or warp the surface top.
- Do not use laminate and melamine surfaces as a cutting board. A sharp knife may slice a groove in the surface top.
Basic cleaning for laminate and melamine surface furniture:
- Daily cleaning: Daily cleaning can be performed using a clean, soft cloth and mild all purpose-multi surface household cleanser.
- For tough stains: A simple mixture of baking soda and water applied directly to the stain then removed with a damp cloth will generally work very well. Avoid using abrasive bleach based cleansers on laminate and melamine surfaces. Never use scrub sponges or steel wool on laminate and melamine surfaces.
- Waxing: There are special waxes for laminate and melamine surfaces that can help create a protective barrier to stop stains from sinking in and keep your product looking new for years to come.