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Markerboard that will not stain

October 15, 2019

Total Plastics Whiteboard


We all know the expression “like nails on a …” Worse yet, we all know that sound. The distinct, shrill sound that would send shivers up your spine.

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It was an odd privileged job for a student when they were given the task of cleaning out the chalk dust from the classroom erasers. It meant a trip outside and a few minutes of banging erasers together, or against the school’s brick exterior, creating a large cloud of white dust. Better yet, many took those erasers and gleefully whacked their friends with it, leaving them with a dusty, white rectangle on their clothes.

And it was therapeutic, in a sense, watching the teacher finally take a wet sponge and completely clean away the old, built-up chalk residue, revealing a smooth, shimmering green surface. Yesterday’s history lesson, truly now, a thing of the past.

Gone are the days of chalkboards and all we associated with them. Today, schools, offices, stores and even homes are filled with markerboards. Large, white blank canvases ready for our lists, ideas, drawings, equations and notes.

However, after just a short period of use, too many of these markerboards are getting stained. That clean white surface becomes a dull gray and no amount of cleaning will ever restore it.

Total Plastics has the solution. In conjunction with our manufacturing partner Roehm, we have developed an acrylic markerboard that will not stain. Regardless of the amount of use or the length of time ink sits on its surface, our markerboard’s non-porous surface will wipe away clean. No ghosting, ever!

Many of today’s markerboards are made from either melamine or porcelain veneer. Melamine is considered to be a low-cost option, commonly used for inexpensive sidewalk signs and the whiteboards hung on dorm room doors and school lockers.

Melamine has a more porous surface and stains quickly. Porcelain, while more durable and easier to clean, will also stain over time. Porcelain, with a metal frame, is most commonly used in schools and offices. Glass is another common markerboard material, but because of the possibility of shattering, presents a hazard. It is also twice the weight of acrylic and more difficult to move and mount.

The advantages of using our acrylic markerboard, beyond the fact that it does not stain like melamine or porcelain, is that it’s lighter weight, does not require a metal frame and can be easily fabricated into different shapes. Because it doesn’t stain, it has a longer product life which means less cost in replacement.

Porcelain markerboards, with its metal backing, requires some sort of frame or banding to hide the sharp edges. Our acrylic markerboard’s edges can be rounded, removing any hazard while eliminating the framing cost.

Total Plastics loves seeing modern office interiors, schools and homes with dedicated walls in common areas covered in markerboard. It encourages the free exchange of ideas, promotes creativity, and improves communication. However, if that markerboard becomes stained, it diminishes the overall look of whatever room it resides in. It’s an eyesore that cannot be cleaned.