How to Clean a Painted Chalkboard

Chalkboard paint allows you to turn just about any solid, flat surface in your home into a chalkboard. Unlike actual chalkboards, however, an eraser isn't the best way to clean a chalkboard-painted surface. Instead, use a damp soft cloth.

Standard Chalkboard Cleaning

Step 1

Wet a lint-free soft cloth with clean water, then wring out most of the water. A clean, soft rag will do.

Step 2

Wipe off the chalkboard-painted areas instead of erasing them with a chalkboard eraser.

Step 3

Allow the cleaned areas to dry completely before writing or drawing on them again.

Secrets of Success

A few simple measures help ensure that your chalkboard-painted surface functions as well as a traditional chalkboard.

  • Allow the chalkboard paint to dry -- and cure -- as recommended on the paint container. Full curing may take three days, or possibly longer during humid conditions.
  • After the paint cures, rub a piece of white chalk all over it. Use the side of the chalk for better coverage. Wipe the chalk off with a dry or wet soft cloth. This primes the writing surface so that the chalk adheres better when you write or draw on the paint.
  • Use chalk designed for chalkboards rather than sidewalk chalk. Stick with name-brand chalks to ensure the chalk writes well. If the chalkboard is so dirty that it seems the chalk doesn't come off well, wipe it down with a mixture of 1 part vinegar and 6 parts water.
  • If the chalkboard is so dirty that it seems the chalk doesn't come off well, wipe it down with a mixture of 1 part vinegar and 6 parts water.

Kathy Adams

Kathy Adams

Kathy Adams is an award-winning journalist and freelance writer who traveled the world handling numerous duties for music artists. She writes travel and budgeting tips and destination guides for USA Today, Travelocity and ForRent, among others. She enjoys exploring foreign locales and hiking off the beaten path stateside, snapping pics of wildlife and nature instead of selfies.