How To Remove Chalk Marker from a Chalkboard
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How to Remove Chalk Marker & Clean a Chalkboard

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How to remove chalk marker off of a chalkboard: This simple solution using two household items FINALLY cleaned my chalkboard and saved the day!

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I’ve been doing some testing over the last few months trying to find out how to clean my chalkboard. As you know, I love to decorate my chalkboard for each holiday or season that is approaching.

How to clean a chalkboard: my Christmas chalkboard art

How to Remove Chalk Marker

With this, has come a “pain in the rear,” process, of trying to figure out how to remove chalk marker from a chalkboard.

I don’t get it? I have 2 or 3 other chalkboards, and the chalk marker simply wipes off, with a wet rag.

But with the chalkboard in my entry, from Restoration Hardware??? Forget it. I thought I was going to have to send it back, and get a plan B in place for my entry wall, because I was struggling with getting the “ghost,” shadow of a chalk marker off of the board.

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That was until I FINALLY came up with a technique that works for me, and NOW so many others!

Check out the comments at the bottom of this post for success stories! Yay!

How To Remove Chalk Marker from a Chalkboard

How to Clean Your Chalkboard

I am, in by NO means, saying that this will work for you. I am not responsible for anything that happens to your chalkboard.

Actually, I recommend reading the instructions on how to clean your chalkboard that came with it, before you even touch it with a chalk pen or marker. Some say you have to “treat,” them before applying anything.

I, however… did not read my instructions, and I feel that’s where I messed up. If I had treated it, I may not have the problem of the markers leaving a ghost shadow.

How to Remove Chalk Marker from a Chalkboard

After trying soap and water, Clorox wipes, all-purpose cleaner, vinegar, a magic eraser…and let the list go on… I couldn’t find anything that would work.

Finally, I was so fed up, that I just started experimenting.

I decided I didn’t care if it messed up my chalkboard, I was going to try anything to get that chalk dust shadow off of my board, no matter what it did to it.

Which led me to this:

How to Remove Chalk Marker from Chalkboard

Magic Eraser + Vinegar

That folks, is a magic eraser, AND some vinegar. I combined the two for some serious chalk marker removin’ solution.

Yes… this is me scrubbing away below. Now… this is important. I DO have to put a little muscle behind the scrubbing. It doesn’t just pleasantly wipe off.

So your arms may get a workout, but honestly, I think that’s just a bonus. No need to do my arm workout that day.

(Who am I kidding? I don’t work out)

How to Remove Chalk Marker

So I just use the magic eraser and rub up and down, and in a circle, in a small area first. When that chalk spot is gone, I move on to the next area!

Another Helpful Tip for Cleaning Your Chalkboard:

Keep a dry rag or towel, nearby, so you can wipe off the “wetness,” after every few scrubs, so you can lower the risk of just letting chalk-smear dry.

(Also, I tend to have some “black,” come off on my magic eraser when I do this. I’m wondering if that’s a normal thing, or if that was part of that, “I should have pre-treated this thing first,” deal.)

My little guy is so helpful below. I’m sure you other moms can appreciate not being able to do anything alone. 🙂

A Mommy is Never Alone

Did this Clean Your Chalkboard?

So there you have it! I really hope this helps ease your frustration with trying to get chalk marker off of your chalkboard. Talk about making a DIY gal go CRAZY!

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How To Remove Chalk Marker off of a chalkboard! Those shadows drive me nuts!

232 thoughts on “How to Remove Chalk Marker & Clean a Chalkboard

  1. Alicia says:

    FINALLY!! I was able to clean a beautiful chalkboard sign that I almost trashed. Thank you, thank you!!

    1. Jessica says:

      Yay!!! I’m so glad it worked. You’re so welcome! 🙂

  2. Adriana says:

    Wow! So glad this worked as I was about to throw out a beautiful board that had our Thankgsiving menu on it from 4 years ago! Love that something natural like vinegar and a little muscle got this clean instead of chemicals (windex, etc.) that didn’t work at all.

    1. Jessica says:

      I’m so glad that this worked for you too! Thank you so much for sharing that it did!

  3. ben says:

    Will the vinegar and everything pad work on a chalkboard painted wall? I have a chalk board wall and some of the chalk comes of with soap, water and rag or everything pad but a bunch won’t. the last guy just painted over it all. but i’m trying to find a somewhat easier way.

    1. Jessica says:

      Hi Ben! You know, I’m not sure if it will work on the chalkboard paint. I haven’t tried that, I’m sorry! If you do give it a try, I’d love to hear how it works!

    2. Pa'yton says:

      Hey Ben, did you try it on your wall?

    3. Leslie says:

      I have the exact same problem! A concrete/cinder block wall painted with black chalkboard paint and written on with chalk markers. It looks great, but it’s really hard to erase/change information. I used a Magic Eraser, but it’s a lot of work and you can see a ghost of the previous information. I wanted to just paint over it, but the chalkboard paint I bought doesn’t cover any of the previous marker. 🙁

  4. Don says:

    Just fyi, magic erasers whilst fabulous for cleaning are basically extremely fine sandpaper which is why you would be seeing the black grit from your chalkboard on the sponge after application/cleaning. Especially if you still need to rub vigorously, just expect that you will probably need to repaint your chalk board down the track as the abrasiveness (albeit very gentle) of the sponge will eventually erode the blackboard paint after x amount of cleanings.

  5. Randi says:

    You are a lifesaver. That was very helpful and saved a sign for me too. Thanks a bunch!!!

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh good!! I’m so glad it worked for you too!!

  6. India says:

    Just chunked a board last week that I used for an open house and wanted to change up the wording but couldn’t get it erased. My daughter starts 2nd grade next Monday and I pulled out our custom made board we did last year…you can just fill in the blanks every year. Of course, it still had all the writing on it. I decided to google just in case…thank goodness I came across your site. I am so HAPPY!!! THANK YOU!

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh good!! I’m so glad it worked for you and saved your board!

  7. Emily says:

    I hadn’t even thought to try a magic eraser and it worked without the vinegar on my little kid months/favorites board. Thanks for the tip!

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh good!! That’s great to know too, thank you! So happy it worked for you!

  8. Felicia Freeman says:

    Good Morning! I was just about to give up on my little chalkboard easels I use for digital learning each day. I agree that the magic eraser did a great job on its own. No vinegar needed. I pulled out my Ms. Meyer’s Vinegar Cleaning Gel just in case. I purchased these magic erasers eons ago because they were on sale, but never used them.

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh that’s great to hear Felicia! Thank you so much for sharing!

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