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P3 ceramicsteel® Surface Care & Maintenance

Recommended Dry-Erase Markers
All dry-erase markers can be used on Steelcase PolyVision markerboards, but for optimal performance, Steelcase PolyVision recommends the use of solvent-based dry-erase markers as opposed to water-based dry-erase markers (also called "low odor markers"). Low odor markers do not perform as well as solvent-based, because the water takes longer to dry and the ink clings more aggressively to the board's surface, leaving behind a film. If solvent based dry-erase marker odor is a problem, Expo® makes scented markers that perfom as well as standard, solvent-based markers.

Daily Care and Maintenance
The same procedure is used to clean both chalkboards and markerboards.
  • For the initial cleaning, wipe your board with a clean cloth moistened by a liquid cleanser.
  • Rinse with clear water. This step is simple but very important.
  • Wipe dry with a clean cloth.
  • If your board is used daily, the cleaning should be performed at least 2 to 3 times a week. More thorough cleaning may be required if writing is left on the board for more than 2 days.
Removing Crayon and Tape
The same procedure is used to remove both crayon and tape.
  • Dampen a clean, dry cloth with water.
  • Apply a small amount of non-abrasive cleanser, such as SoftScrub without bleach, onto the cloth. Use less for chalkboard surfaces. For best results follow non-abrasive cleaner manufacturers instructions found on the product label..
  • Begin cleaning a small, manageable area using a back and forth horizontal motion. Use gentle pressure as if you were cleaning a window.
  • Wipe off all residues with a dry cloth.
  • Rinse well with clear water. Please note that the rinsing and drying steps are very important.
  • Wipe dry with a clean cloth.
  • Follow the same procedure for the remainder of the board.
Removing Permanent Marker
  • A quick and easy way to remove permanent marker from the board's surface is to write over the top of the permanent marker writing with a dry-erase marker and simply erase!
  • Moisten a clean, dry cloth with isopropyl alcohol. Use less alcohol for chalkboards.
  • Wipe the board in a circular motion to loosen marker residue.
  • Rinse with clear water.
  • Dry the board with a clean cloth.
  • Repeat these steps as often as necessary to remove all residues.
Surface Scratch Test (Do not attempt this on interactive whiteboards)
You may perform this simple scratch test to see if your board is made of Steelcase PolyVision Ceramicsteel:
  • Using a sharp object such as a key, scratch a small, hidden area of your board.
  • If your board did not scratch, congratulations, you have a Steelcase PolyVision product. A painted surface board is easily damaged, but a Steelcase PolyVision Ceramicsteel board resists scratching. If a scratch does appear you may want to contact your local ceramicsteel board dealer.
Steelcase PolyVision's P3 ceramicsteel surface is warranted to last a lifetime…

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