Not all cleaners are safe when it comes to cleaning an interactive whiteboard. While most cleaners may do the job, they will ultimately cause long-term issues that reduce the lifespan of your smartboard. Other cleaners use chemical bleach, which releases toxins into the air and is environmentally unfriendly when poured into the drain.
A healthy and environmentally friendly way to clean a smartboard is by simply wiping the surface using distilled water and a damp cloth. If necessary, add a little bit of mild soap into the water.
But, before jumping into the cleaning process, there are a couple of do’s and don’t to consider.
Things to Consider Before Cleaning Your Interactive SmartBoard
One, make sure your board is turned off. Two, make sure items that are plugged into it are unplugged.
Do I Need Cleaning Solution?
NO! All you need are a few simple household items: A spray bottle and distilled water. Depending on how dirty the board is, add some mild soap.
Although this cleaning method is safe for the electronic screen, try to not touch the digital cameras in the corners of the screen.
Why Do I Need to Use Distilled Water?
Ordinary tap water contains minerals and other abrasive compounds that may be good for drinking but aren’t that great for cleaning sensitive computer-like surfaces and screens. Using anything other than distilled water will, over time, cause deposit build-up, scratches on the screen, and ultimately will damage smart board surfaces.
Use Lint-Free, Non-Abrasive Cloth
Using a spray bottle, spray liquid directly onto a lint-free non-abrasive cloth. I know with any cleaner, it is instinct to immediately spray the item we are trying to clean in the first place. However, you should never spray liquid directly onto smart board surfaces! Why? Too much soap can damage a screen, cause uneven application, or drip into areas where no liquid should be.
Why Can’t I Use Paper Towels or a Washcloth?
The entire reason you use a specific lint-free, non-abrasive cloth is that it does just like it sounds. It will provide you with a lint-free clean and will not harm the surface of your board with abrasive fibers. So while it is extremely tempting to grab the paper towels from the bathroom, don’t.
The Do’s and Do NOTs of Cleaning Your Smart Board
- Though it has been said once, let me repeat it: When cleaning your Smartboard, never spray the soapy water directly onto the screen. Always use a spray bottle for applying your solution to the cloth first.
- DO NOT use anything such as dry erase markers or permanent markers on your Smartboard. Using things such as dry erase markers on a Smartboard interactive surface will certainly cause damage.
- Do NOT scrub your screen with pressure or force. Rather, spray your water to the cloth and then gently clean the screen.
- Do NOT use things like all-purpose solutions or glass cleaners! These are not made for sensitive tech screens.
- In the midst of Covid, we all have those ready-t0-go sanitizing wipes. As mentioned in #4, do not use anything that is not made specifically for your smart board interactive surface.
Be Sure to Clean Your Smart Board Regularly!
Just like with anything in life, if you take care of what you have those things will last longer. When you use the proper materials to clean any surface, those surfaces will last longer than if you had not. Using a spray bottle, the right cloth, and the distilled water listed here will ensure that your interactive whiteboard will continue to have vibrant color, touch screen use, and no annoying glares that come with the screen being damaged from improper cleaning products.