Ghosting and Staining of Whiteboards



What Is Ghosting?

Ghosting on whiteboards is a common issue, however,  you might be asking “well, what even IS whiteboard ghosting?” 

Whiteboard ghosting occurs when dry erase marks are left behind and cannot be erased. Normally, most dry erase marks can be simply wiped away using a whiteboard eraser, and more stubborn marks can be cleaned away with a damp cloth. However, the reason ‘ghost’ marks are so pesky is because ghosted marks cannot be washed off a board easily. This is known as ghosting because you can often see the remnants of old writing on the board no matter how many times the surface is cleaned. 

Whiteboard ghosting can be caused by many factors, such as low quality whiteboard surfaces, heavy whiteboard usage and erasing marks that haven’t completely dried. That being said, using high-quality markers is a must! Ghent ships a universal marker holder and four high-quality markers with each whiteboard purchase to help you get started on the right foot.


Why Ghent Boards Don’t Ghost

Ghent whiteboards have been designed specifically to resist ink absorption so that they do not ghost or stain. Our durable porcelain-on-steel surface aids in reducing scratches and dents, even in the most high-traffic areas. Our whiteboard porcelain is wear-resistant, making it great for daily use locations. Below we’ve listed three of our favorite whiteboards from Ghent, that make beautiful and durable additions to any workspace:

  1. 1. The Hygenic Mobile Porcelain Whiteboard has all the benefits of our whiteboard durability, with the added benefit of self-cleaning technology! The micro silver particles added to the porcelain writing surface are slowly released over the lifetime of the product and eliminate bacteria and viruses within 24 hours of contact. Its reversible frame makes it incredibly functional for all your note-taking needs, and is set on wheels with durable casters that make it efficiently glide from room to room, no matter the flooring. 

  2. 2. Our Nexus Collection helps support your collaborative office culture. This series interacts with one another, so whether you purchase a wall mounted board, or an easel that attaches to our mobile boards, this series makes brainstorming simpler and empowering. 

  3. 3. The Prest Mobile Whiteboard is a unique way to level up your whiteboard aesthetic. The stunning combo of the matte black hardware and wooden frame amplify the porcelain surface (or glass or fabric surface, if you choose). With multiple fabrics, finishes and colors to choose from, this is a sleek addition to any office.


How to Prevent Pesky Ghosting

No matter what whiteboard you have, there are some universal tips that can help prevent the arrival of those pesky ghosts!

  • Preventing ghosting on a whiteboard doesn’t have to be difficult! Use erasers and cleaning solutions frequently. While erasing gets the job done, ghosting will inevitably occur if deeper cleaning isn’t performed.
  • When using a cleaner, be cautious as to which one you pick! Some cleaners contain bleach, which shortens the lifespan of the whiteboard. Make sure you pick out one with a non-abrasive calcium carbonate, which will help exfoliate and remove marks, while maintaining the integrity of the surface.
  • Dry your whiteboard after every cleaning, do not let it air dry. Air drying will break down the surface of the board, so make sure to use a rag or paper towel after giving it a good wipe down.


We hope these tips and insights help you keep your whiteboard looking fresh and clean for years to come!



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