Ultimate Guide On How To Clean Chalkboard

Back then when I was growing up, we had this chalk wall, (you can call it chalk wall) while my mom wrote down weekend chores for myself and my siblings. How it works is that every new week, my mom cleaned the board and wrote the chores for the new week. Most times I did volunteer to clean the board because it was always fun to do so. It is not rare or weird to find someone making use of a chalkboard in this era where most people make use of the whiteboard. Teachers, some restaurant owners (for weekly menu) or even some homes still make use of chalkboards. 

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If you do make use of a chalkboard regularly, you will know the importance of keeping your chalkboard clean. One thing about a chalkboard is that if you don’t clean it well, you will have chalk residuals which makes seeing the next writing difficult. Thankfully, the steps on how to clean a chalkboard are quite easy. This post will guide you on how to do so and get your board clean and ready for the next use. 

Items You Need To Clean A Chalkboard

The item you will need to clean a chalkboard will depend on the cleaning method you want to use. The main things you need to clean will be listed here. 

Eraser

Soft cloth

Water 

Detergent (you can use a liquid dishwashing soap) as an alternative here

Bucket

Vinegar 

Baking Soda

Method 1: Clean A Chalkboard With Water Solution

This involves making use of a water solution to clean your board. It is quite easy to prepare the water solution. The good thing about this method is that it involves mild products, thus it will make your chalkboard last longer. 

Step 1. Prepare the water Solution

The very first thing you have to do is to get your water solution ready. Simply pour two cups of warm water into a bucket and add your liquid washing soap inside. You can add a half cup of white vinegar but it is optional to do so because the water and soap solution can clean the board perfectly. Ensure you use just the white vinegar. Using any other vinegar may harm your board because the coloring added to it. Voila, your water solution is ready. 

Step 2. Wipe off Chalk residue

Use your easer or dry cloth to wipe off the writing on your board. Rubbing the board in vertical or horizontal strokes is the best way to wipe your board. Most people wipe in a circular motion which is the wrong way to clean your board. Clean until all the writing is off the board. Then use the soft cloth to remove the chalk residue. 

Step 3. Main Cleaning

This is where the main cleaning happens. Dip a soft cloth into the water solution you prepared earlier. Squeeze out the excess water and use the cloth to clean the board. For the wet cleaning, you can use a circular motion to do the cleaning. Always ensure that you clean a small portion at a time. It is best to have another soft cloth handy to wipe each portion after cleaning. This ensures that the solution does not drip to other areas and mess things up. Also, it is best to start from the bottom and clean your way to the top of the chalkboard. 

Step 4. Allow to Dry

When you are done with the wet cleaning, the final step is to dry the board to get it ready for your next use. If the board is movable, you can take it outside to an airy place and allow it to dry slowly. If it is not removable, ensure it is placed in a place when there is enough air to easily dry it. 

Method 2: Clean A Chalkboard With Lemon Oil

This method can be used to clean all chalk residue and leave your board shiny after cleaning. Also, lemon oil is anti-bacterial. If you have kids touching your chalkboard, then it is best to use lemon oil to remove any bacteria on the board. Follow the steps below to clean. 

Step 1. Prepare your Lemon oil

It is easier to buy your lemon oil than to prepare it (click here to buy Lemon oil from amazon). But if you prefer to save cost and prepare your lemon oil at home, you can check this tutorial on how to prepare lemon oil.

Step 2. Wipe off Chalk residue

Use your eraser or dry cloth to wipe off the writing on your board. Rubbing the board in vertical or horizontal strokes is the best way to wipe your board. Most people wipe in a circular motion which is the wrong way to clean your board. Clean until all the writing is off the board. Then use the soft cloth to remove the chalk residue. 

Step 3. Prepare The Cleaning Cloth

Get a bottle cover, fill it up with lemon oil and pour it on a dry cloth. Wrap the cloth inside a plastic bag and keep it for 5 hours. After 5 hours, remove the cloth and clean your chalkboard with it. If your chalkboard is bigger in size, you can soak 2 or more dry clothes to use for the cleaning. You will notice your board will look shiner after it dries. 

With this method, you have a plan ahead of time. You soak the cleaning cloth hours ahead of when you need to do the actual cleaning. 

Method 3: Clean A Chalkboard With Soda Pop

Most people have confirmed that they got better results cleaning chalkboards with soda products than with water. You can try this method and see which works best for you. 

Step 1. Wipe off Chalk residue

Use your easer or dry cloth to wipe off the writing on your board. Rubbing the board in vertical or horizontal strokes is the best way to wipe your board. Most people wipe in a circular motion which is the wrong way to clean your board. Clean until all the writing is off the board. Then use the soft cloth to remove the chalk residue. 

Step 2. Get To Work

Get a dry cloth and pour some soda pop on it. Use the cloth to wipe off your chalkboard. Ensure you don’t pour much soda pop to avoid leaving sticky remains on the board. 

Step 3. Allow to Dry

When you are done with the wet cleaning, the final step is to dry the board to get it ready for your next use. If the board is movable, you can take it outside to an airy place and allow it to dry slowly. If it is not removable, ensure it is placed in a place when there is enough air to easily dry it. 

Conclusion

Tips on how to clean your chalkboard have been outlined in detail in this post. Remember to always clean the board after use every day you use it. It will make your chalkboard last longer for you. If you have any other method that has not been written here, can you please share it with us in the comment section. 

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