Chalkboard Wall

Key Tips for Chalkboard Wall Maintenance 

I’ve been trying to find out how to wipe the magnetized chalkboard panel in our kitchen since we initially repainted it. I mean completely clean… like it was when it was brand new.

The white/grey mist just on wall was driving me insane! We rarely write or draw on the top of the chalkboard walls because it stretches all the way up to the ceiling, so it’s not even uniformly grey. Instead, it’s spotless on top and gradually worsens as it goes closer towards the floor, where small hands can access it.

I’ve tried everything: a damp towel, a brush, you named it, to clean the blackboard painted wall. When moistened with water, it appeared clean, but as it dries, the greyish, smeary filth reappeared! On top of the perpetual haze of dust on our wall, my older kid was often frustrated since it was difficult to see his drawings.

I conducted a lot of study months ago to discover a better technique to clean the chalkboard, and I came across another tip a few times. But I couldn’t force myself to give it a shot. It was simply too nerve-wracking for me. But, at some point, I had enough and felt it was worth a try.

Step 1: Use a chalk eraser to wipe the wall

I began by removing as much excess chalk off the chalkboard paint wall as possible with a chalk eraser. You’ll see that our wall has a textured appearance to it. When we first started, the panel was smooth, but the magnetic primer we applied under the blackboard paint gave it some texture. Since all of the chalk dust sinks in, this roughness makes cleaning our chalk wall much more difficult.

Step 2: Use a sponge to wipe with Coke

I began by putting just about enough Coke to fill the bottom of the bowl; I ended up putting more in as I progressed, but I’d start small to avoid wasting a good Coke! Due to the general slight texture on the walls, I felt that a sponge would be more efficient than a cloth, so I split a sponge in half (to make it fit my basin better) and soaked it in Coke.

I poured the excess Coke straight into the basin, wetting but not soaking the sponge.

Then, using the sponge and gentle pressure, I started to clean the wall. I could tell it was working right away.

Rinse and repeat as needed

The sponge became completely covered in chalk pretty fast. So, I cleaned it in the sink, squeezed all the water out from the sponge, and afterwards dipped it back into the Coke to finish cleaning the wall. This technique was continued until the outer wall was cleaned.

Some parts on wall with much less chalk needed only one thorough pass with the sponges to look totally clean, whereas the bottom half of the wall required more of a wipe to get it very clean.

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