How To Optimize Educational Whiteboards In Workspaces

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Countless professors, business leaders, innovators, etc., have used Educational Whiteboards to integrate information with interactive presentations. Whiteboards, pinboards, and glass boards are ideal for brainstorming sessions. These simple but highly useful pieces of furniture make meetings more formal, information is easier to convey and understand, and make it easier for workforces to focus. However, not every office in the world uses whiteboards as efficiently as it should. That’s because they either purchase poor-quality whiteboards or whiteboards that simply don’t suit their style of sharing information or creating presentations. 

So, here’s a guide for every office administrator struggling to optimize or maintain their whiteboards:

Invest in the Right Type of Whiteboard: 

There are three main types of educational whiteboards in terms of materials. They are –

  • Melamine – Melamine is a type of plastic that has a clear coat and smooth surface that’s ideal for writing and erasing ink. This material is the most common because it’s the cheapest whiteboard material on the market. Melamine isn’t magnetic or prone to scratches, but it is prone to stains. So, they’re ideal for small periods of use. Users must clean melamine boards after every use (clean them every day even if you don’t use them) to avoid staining or ghosting.
  • Porcelain – These whiteboards made of ceramic (supported by steel frames) are magnetic, durable, and hence much costlier than melamine whiteboards. However, these boards are extremely resistant to staining as porcelain doesn’t absorb marker ink.
  • Tempered Glass – If your workforce regularly depends on educational whiteboards for information sharing purposes, it’s best to go for pure tempered glass boards. These boards aren’t backed by any metals. They’re strong enough to stand alone and also highly resistant to scratches. Both the magnetic and non-magnetic versions of these boards cost a lot more than porcelain or melamine boards.

Cleaning the Boards:

Investing in a whiteboard cleaner is a must for all whiteboard owners. Don’t rely on torn pieces of cloth and water – get a non-toxic whiteboard cleaner that can remove stains easily. Make sure to use non-abrasive microfiber cloths along with these cleaners to ensure the board surfaces don’t scratch. Other cleaning agents that have proven to be effective on educational whiteboards include –

  • Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Windex
  • Magic Erasers
  • Fabric Softeners
  • Vinegar (mixed with water)

What’s even more important is avoiding these cleaning agents that can ruin porcelain, melamine, and tempered glass boards –

  • Toothpaste falls under the category of abrasive cleaners and can ruin the sensitive surfaces of whiteboards.
  • Wax-based cleaners leave filmy residues on whiteboard surfaces that are hard to get rid of without scratching the boards.
  • Hands. Many people wipe the ink on educational whiteboards with their hands. The skin’s natural oils are retained by the boards and can damage sensitive surfaces.

Board Maintenance Schedule: 

If you’ve invested in educational whiteboards, you should try to keep them functional for at least ten years. Some easy ways of doing that are –

  • Cleaning the board and the dry eraser regularly, even when they’re not being used.
  • Avoid using permanent markers.
  • Let the ink dry before erasing it. Or else, stains might prop up.
  • Avoid bringing magnets close to the boards.