How to Clean a Painted Chalkboard

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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.

Things You'll Need

  • Lint-free soft cloth or rag

  • Water

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.

Tip

While a standard chalkboard eraser could be used on a chalkboard-painted surface, it pushes the chalk dust around more than it removes the dust, creating a mess.

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.
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Kathy Adams is an award-winning writer. She is an avid DIYer that is equally at home repurposing random objects into new, useful creations as she is at supporting community gardening efforts and writing about healthy alternatives to household chemicals. She's written numerous DIY articles for paint and decor companies, as well as for Black + Decker, Hunker, SFGate, Landlordology and others.

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