How To Clean A Chalkboard With A Toothbrush

With the help of a toothbrush and sponge, you can clean a chalkboard without damaging it.

We all agree that in the perfect world we would all know how to be organized and live clutter free. But of late, the reality is that we have stuff, and those stuff can’t always be neatly packed away into color-coordinated storage baskets and file cabinets we conveniently find at a garage sale being held two doors down.

But hey, if you really want to clean your chalkboard, all you need is a toothbrush and a sponge. What follows is the story of how I went from a young schoolboy to an organized, cleanly living person.

How To Clean A Chalkboard Without Washing Away the Colored Flakes

If you have not used chalk before, and you want to learn about using chalk, I recommend taking some time to learn how to make your own. You can find information on how to make chalk from the internet, or you can buy a chalk kit from an antiques shop.

If you want something a bit bigger, I am a fan of the “chalk board in the dishwasher” method described by Bob’s Chalkboard . It’s very easy to set up, and the chalkboard stays clean for months.

This is what a normal chalkboard looks like after you dry it with paper towels and let it dry. I can’t stress enough how often I see this stuff!

A Clean, Clear Chalkboard

The key to cleaning a chalkboard is putting the chalk in the right areas, and using it in the right amounts. This is not as hard as it could be, and I would recommend it to anyone.

But this is where things get a little tricky. We have a lot of chalk, and we really want to clean it, but it’s not as easily accessible as other types of items we have. If this is where you are stuck, don’t fret: there are some products you can purchase to help you do this job.

The first thing you should do is find the areas for the chalk you want to clean. Some people like to keep it nice and messy, because they like to have a good mix of color. These people might also want to spray the area with a strong cleaning solution to make it easier to clean. Whatever works for you.

When this is done, spray the area with the cleaner solution in question. You don’t want to spray your entire chalk board!

I use a spray bottle in one hand and a toothbrush in the other. I can even do this to my whole desk. I put one end of the tube in the area that I want to clean, and fill that first end of the tube with paint-sauce solution. This is a strong, vinegar-based solution that is better for cleaning a chalkboard than just water.

I fill the tube with the paint-sauce, and then spray the vinegar solution on that piece of chalk. Then, I move onto the next area. It works as a “fogger” – it makes the paint-sauce go deeper into the chalk, making the job easier by spreading the cleaner solution out over the entire board.

I have to warn you: this will make a mess. I find that it works much better to remove as much chalk as possible than to clean it. So, don’t be afraid! You are only creating more work. Be careful, and don’t put yourself in a position where you get splashed. A lot.