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.