Learn how to clean leftover chalk marker residue from 1Thrive Command Center boards easily without damaging the surface.
I love my 1Thrive Command Center. It’s been the little house manager I never even knew I needed. My Susan keeps my husband and me on the same page, helps us manage our teenager’s many activities, and keeps our mail and paperwork organized each month. I had never had any problems with the chalk markers erasing until recently. I got a new pack of chalk markers and they just refused to come off the board. So I contacted 1Thrive directly and asked for advice on removing stuck-on chalk residue, and here’s what they told me to do. Spoiler Alert: It worked!
The Trick To Removing Chalk Marker Outlines From 1Thrive Boards
Ready for the magic weapon?
Yep! Who would’ve thought that something as simple as glass cleaner would remove that faint pink February word that you’ve been scrubbing for the last thirty minutes? Not me, that’s who.
1Thrive replied to my email and said that Windex would get that leftover reside off in a snap. So I broke out my bottle, sprayed it onto a paper towel, and swiped…just waiting for a magical instantaneous reveal.
That didn’t happen.
But after I scrubbed and scrubbed with a Windex-soaked paper towel, it did finally come off.
The white boards were easier to clean, but the black board took a lot of elbow grease.
Turns out, the residue offender was the Apricot color from the Macaron package, which just so happens to be the one that shows up the best on the blackboard. Will that stop me from using that color? Nope. It’ll just make me always keep Windex on hand.
How NOT To Clean A 1Thrive Board
Since we’re on the subject of scrubbing away residue from a 1Thrive board, I do want to mention that there are a few things you should not use on the board to wipe it clean.
Clorox wipes are a no-go because they’ll strip away the coating that allows the markers to come off easily with damp rags.
And Magic Erasers will clean the board, but it also pulls off the printed-on outlines and words that came on your 1Thrive Command Center.
Also, avoid using real chalk on your 1Thrive. Even though you’re using chalk markers, it’s not really a “chalk board” and actual chalk will scratch the surface and damage it. Stick to chalk markers only to make your organizing BFF investment last as long as it possibly can.
How I Use My 1Thrive Command Center
Want to see how I use my 1Thrive Susan to keep my family organized? I wrote this post covering how I use each component of my Susan, what I store in the file folders, and my best tips for making it work for your lifestyle. And here’s a chalk marker experiment I did with multiple brands. And if you’re shopping for a new 1Thrive center, you can use my special code ORGANIZEDISH for a discount. This offer is only available for readers of my blog and helps me create more 1Thrive tutorials just for you! Is there a 1Thrive tutorial you want to see? Drop your Q’s in the comments.