Expo. Markers

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What makes wet erase (like Vis-à-Vis) markers different from dry erase markers?
Wet erase markers contain water-soluble dyes and are intended for acetate, film or non-porous laminated surfaces. Wet erase markers can only be removed with a damp tissue or cloth. Dry erase markers erase with an eraser on most non-porous materials, like whiteboards, porcelain, melamine and glass.
Can I use dry erase and wet erase markers (like Vis-à-Vis) together?
Yes, if you have a quality board that withstands water, you can certainly use the two together. Restaurants commonly use this combination when designing their boards that display the house "Specials." Vis-à-Vis wet erase markers are used for the more permanent text on the boards, like the board heading and the days of the week; and Expo Dry Erase markers are used for text that often changes, like the listing of daily specials. To remove Vis-à-Vis markers from your board, simply use a damp cloth on the markings.
How long is a marker supposed to last?
As with any writing instrument, this depends upon users and frequency of use. When not in use, Expo markers stored horizontally with caps installed tightly will last approximately 2-3 years.
If my Expo marker dries out, is there anything I can do to restore it or is it dead?
Yes, depending on the extent of solvent loss, the markers can often be restored. Place the cap back on the marker tightly and store tip down for 24 hours. The marker should revive. Once revived, store marker back to its normal horizontal position.
If Expo markers are dry erase why aren't they washable?
Dry erase ink contains pigments and release agents. The release agents prevent the pigments from sticking to dry erase boards and non-porous surfaces. However, these small particles of color become trapped when they come in contact with clothing fibers and other porous objects and surfaces.
Is cleaning my whiteboard really necessary? How often should I clean it?
Yes! Cleaning your whiteboard is critical to its performance. Cleaning a whiteboard removes chemical build-up associated with repeated use of dry erase markers. We recommend once per week. Remember that it is very important to thoroughly erase a board BEFORE using Expo Cleaners.
An Expo Dry Erase marker was accidently used on our projection screen. How can this be removed?
Many Expo users have had success removing ink from projection screens with a product called Re-Markable. This product is distributed by Quartet. Contact their customer service for retail outlets at (800) 541-0094 or visit their website at www.gbcoffice.com.
Can the markings be removed if an Expo Dry Erase marker is accidently used on a wet erase board?
Because wet erase boards have a laminated surface, which is usually more porous than dry erase board surfaces, dry erase ink may be difficult to remove from wet erase surfaces. Using harsh solvents may ruin your board. We suggest that you first contact the board/surface manufacturer.
How do I remove Expo Washable Markers from clothes, carpet or upholstery?
Washable 101

Expo Washable markers were tested on:
• Acetate Filament
• SEF
• Arnel bright (Triacetate Filament)
• Bleached cotton
• Acrylic (Creslan 61 and Orlon 75)
• Polyester (Dacron 54 and 64)
• Nylon 6.6
• Polypropylene
• Rayon
• Worsted Wool
• Cotton Poly Blend (60/40 and 90/10)
• 100% Cotton
• Cotton Spandex blend (95/5)
• Poly Rayon blend (63/37)
• Silk

Expo Washing Instructions:

EXPO is providing these suggestions for removing stains as a service to our customers. Before attempting the stain removal, consider testing the procedure on an inconspicuous area of the fabric or material to be cleaned. Always follow the instructions and warnings on any cleaning products you choose to use. While we expect you will have good results if you follow these instructions, we are unable to guarantee or be responsible for the results.

Ink removal from washable fabric: For best results, pre-treat mark with Shout® gel (other competitive products may also work) and wash clothing using standard detergent and according to manufacturer’s washing instructions. Note: Expo Washable dry erase marker ink will not wash completely from silk.

Ink removal from most carpets and car upholstery: Use a soapy solution of water and liquid soap to remove ink from most nylon carpets and vinyl or cloth car upholstery. Note: Expo Washable ink may leave slight staining of some colors of marker ink on some types of leather upholstery.
How do I clean my whiteboard?
To clean your whiteboard:
1. Erase as much ink as possible without scratching the marking surface of the board.
2. Use Expo Whiteboard Cleaner. It is available in Towelettes (50 Count Item #81850 and 20 Count Item #1752311).
3. If ghosting or staining remains, you could use a small amount of rubbing alcohol on a clean, soft towel.
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