Saturday, July 26, 2014

How to: Clean a Chalkboard Wall



End of last year we put a wonderful chalkboard wall in our office. Recently I tried to clean it and did a BIG NO NO - tried cleaning it with water. I know it seems like a reasonable idea, but ugh, it ruined my wall. I didn't know what to do, so I started searching online. I put some tips together and really liked the idea of cleaning it with vinegar. I really wish I would have done this in the first place because I have some water spots that are still peaking through. That's why I am sharing - to stop you from spotting up your beautiful black chalkboard wall!

You can barely see what I wrote because our wall was such a mess!
First, you need to wipe whatever you have drawn on your board off with an eraser - I like to use the Mr. Clean magic erasers.
Second, try to wipe off the excess chalk dust with a dry cloth.
Final step, fill a bucket or bowl with warm water. Then mix in a 1/2 cup of vinegar. Soak a cloth in the mix and make sure to ring it out. Next with a flat side of the cloth, wipe sections of your board in horizontal strokes. Viola! Should look better.
Most important thing to remember, DO NOT CLEAN YOUR CHALKBOARD WITH WATER! I love character, but not the hot mess kind! I want my board to be ready for new creations. You don't have to do this all the time, just on occasion. I use my magic eraser on a regular basis and it works fine.

Lots of Love,

12 comments:

  1. Yes , I've tried this before with the vinegar and the board becomes really nice and black! Nice post!

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  2. For the magic erasers, do you wet them first or use them dry?

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  3. I just used this method and it worked perfectly! Thanks for the great post!

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  4. Worked wonderfully! Thank You!!!!

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  5. Just created a chalkboard wall. Will definitely try this. Thanks for the idea!!

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  8. do you have a suggestion of what kind of chalk to order, or do I get these chalkboard pens that keep popping up in my search? I have one chalkboard painted wall that I've never used that I think now I can use it while working at home...But, what should I order to write on it for EASIEST removal daily, not like a whole vinegar project. For me,realistically, that might be more of a weekly or monthly thing...

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