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Chalkboard surfaces are a simple way to write notes or decorate your walls, but unlike regular chalk, chalk markers are longer lasting. But chalk markers can be more difficult to remove. Many people may enjoy how they don’t smudge or rub off easily, particularly when being used as artwork, but at some point you’ll need to learn how to effectively erase chalk marker lines from your frames, walls, or doors.

Here are 4 ways that you can easily erase chalk marker marks from surfaces so you can write or draw over them again.

  1. Magic Eraser. This is a product that looks like a white sponge. It’s inexpensive and is generally used to remove marks and smudges from walls. To activate it, you dampen it slightly with water. Then you use it like you would use a regular sponge and simply wipe down your surface. This method is suitable to erase chalk marker marks from any type of surfaces that have been painted with chalkboard ink: doors, walls, frames, etc. You can purchase the no-name brand of magic eraser if you want to save some money.
  1. Vinegar. If you’re finding that you have a considerably large area full of chalk marker drawings, you may be leaving some residue behind after cleaning with a magic eraser and water. Instead of water, add vinegar and it will speed up the cleaning process. The chalkboard surface will be disinfected too. You can use regular white vinegar.
  1. Windex. Windex is a good backup for those days when you don’t have any magic erasers in your cupboard. Spray the windex over the entire surface of your chalkboard and wipe it off. You’ll find that you still have some ghost images left behind. What you can do is to prime the chalkboard surface with the wide end of a real piece of chalk. Let it sit for a while. Next, spray the entire surface with windex once again. Then wipe it down again. You’ll discover that this method removes every last trace of your chalkboard markers. You can now start fresh.
  1. Chalk Marker Removers. There are also special cleansers you can buy for the sole purpose of erasing chalk markers from surfaces. Some are made in a bottle with a spray nozzle so you can simply spray the surface and wipe off. There are also chalk ink removers that come in a container with a sponge head that resembles a squeegee. Generally these products are more costly than simply purchasing vinegar, windex, or magic erasers separately.

Give one of these 4 methods a try to refresh your chalkboard surfaces any time you want.