Dry-erase boards are much easier to use than traditional chalkboards, but they require maintenance. Daily use of a whiteboard can leave it with dried-on ink that is seemingly impossible to remove. In addition, using markers other than specially made dry-erase brands can cause damage to the whiteboard. If dry-erase board cleaners are ineffective on your whiteboard, or if you have permanent marker on your whiteboard, you can try other remedies to repair it.

Cleaning the Whiteboard

Step 1

Wipe down the whiteboard with an eraser and look for lingering stains.

Step 2

Pour rubbing alcohol on a paper towel.

Step 3

Wipe the soaked paper towel over the stained areas of the board. You may need to rub it for several seconds to remove the stubborn spots.

Restoring the Surface

Step 1

Measure out a sheet of porcelain skin, which you can find at hardware stores. Make sure it fits your whiteboard.

Step 2

Wipe down your whiteboard's surface with whiteboard cleaner and a paper towel to remove any traces of grease or dirt. If the porcelain skin has an adhesive backing, proceed to Step 4. Otherwise, go to Step 3.

Step 3

Apply spots of adhesive to the porcelain skin every 12 to 16 inches.

Step 4

Remove the backing from the sheet of porcelain skin and apply it to the old whiteboard surface, making sure to smooth out any bubbles with a hand-held roller or ruler.

Step 5

Peel off any protective factory coating that may be on the porcelain skin's surface.