Day 187 – Removing Pemranent Marker from Dry Erase Boards

It has happened to everyone. That dreaded permanent marker that gets mixed up with the dry erase markers and some unsuspecting writer uses it on your board. Of course YOU never do it to your own board. It is always someone else’s fault, but you are the one left to deal with it.

We have 3 teachers in my classroom, and each of us has an easel with a dry erase board. The kids love to play school, or hangman or other writing things on these boards, especially at the end of the day when they are waiting for their buses to be called. A lot of times they write messages like “(their name) is Awesome” and “We want candy.” Someone decided to write all 3 teachers’ names on one of them the other day, and I noticed that it was still up there a few days later. I went to erase it, and it wouldn’t come off. It really looked like dry erase marker, but it was not erasing one bit. Expo cleaner did not get it off either, so naturally, I turned to Pinterest.

I found this pin that suggested I color over the writing with a dry erase marker and then try erasing. It was as simple as that. Now the board is back to normal. Hooray!
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