Nobo Whiteboard Buying Guide
Everything you need to know to buy the whiteboard for your office, school or home.
Why should you buy a whiteboard?
Whether it’s collaborating with colleagues, engaging with students or mind-mapping your most creative ideas, the whiteboard is the unsung hero of innovation, communication and problem solving. Whiteboards allow individuals and groups to capture thoughts, relay action plans and communicate messages effectively. With such a wide variety of applications comes an equal breadth of options to choose from.
With a long life span when treated appropriately, mini whiteboards to giant whiteboards are likely to become a permanent fixture for many years. To make sure you choose the correct whiteboard for your specific needs check out the important questions below to help you make your decision.
The affordability of Melamine whiteboards makes them a popular choice for locations with infrequent use and no requirement to fix documents with magnets.
When not cared for correctly a melamine whiteboard can quickly start to show traces of ghosting and may need to be replaced sooner than other whiteboard surfaces would.
That said, if you’re looking for a functional whiteboard for occasional use a melamine board may be the perfect option for you.
Whiteboards require regular cleaning to keep them looking white. Not maintaining a board surface can result in ghosting, ink stains, ink smears and a dull grey board appearance. Dependent upon your whiteboard surface, frequency and type and of use, your whiteboard will require more or less cleaning. Put simply: the better the surface, the less cleaning and maintenance it needs in order to retain its clean, bright and fresh out of the box appearance.
To help you keep your whiteboard in the best possible condition, Nobo has a wide range of cleaning products. We offer a range of erasers, wipes, sprays, microfibre cleaning cloths and foam cleaners, all designed specifically for cleaning your whiteboard without damaging its surface.
- Always use a clean eraser
- Always erase when ink is dry rather than wet
- Cleaning spray or foam and cleaning cloth to lift the dirt away from the board surface
- Use the right dry erase marker pens for your whiteboard surface
Ghosting occurs on dirty whiteboards when pen or eraser movement cleans some of the dirt away leaving a whiter board surface. The harder and more durable the whiteboard surface the more resistant it is to ghosting. That’s why glass whiteboards combat ghosting best. On porous surfaces such as melamine, whiteboard marker ink is far more likely to penetrate the surface and stain the board.
- Frequent intensive use without appropriate cleaning
- Erasing the board with a dirty eraser/cloth that simply moves ink around the board rather than removing it
- Leaving ink on the board longer than necessary which gives the ink more time to penetrate the board surface
- Erasing ink before it is dry as wet ink residue will smear
- Using industrial whiteboard cleaning solutions that strip protective layers
- Poor quality dry wipe markers
Whether you will be wall mounting your whiteboard or somebody else will be doing it for you, the benefits of a good wall mounting system should not be discounted. Mounting a large whiteboard, particularly through corner holes, can be a cumbersome task, and in the past required two people if the perils of a poorly mounted, slanting and misaligned board were to be avoided.
At Nobo we’ve tackled this problem with our Invisamount™ whiteboard wall mounting system. With Invisamount mounting the whiteboard is mounted onto a mounting rail. This makes it simpler to mount the whiteboard and provides for a flush fixing against the wall. It also is neater and aesthetically better looking than the traditional mounting system.
Most whiteboards are magnetic, but it’s important to check the specifications of any board you are considering buying before making your final choice. A magnetic whiteboard can also be used as a notice board. Magnetic accessories it can allow you to stick pens, erasers and magnets to the board. All Nobo whiteboards and glass whiteboards are magnetic with the exception of melamine whiteboards. So, with such a wide choice of magnetic whiteboards the answer is to select the best surface, size and style for your specific needs.
Glass whiteboards, with their elegant and frameless design, are the perfect choice if you’re seeking a premium board aesthetic befitting of a modern office. A frameless design makes the board appear as if it were floating, accentuates the sense of space in any room and can encourage free thinking.
If you’re seeking a sleek modern look but do not feel that glass is the right surface for you look for a board with minimum trim. Nobo’s slim frame trim is just 6mm wide, thinner than many flat TV bezels. Not only does a narrow frame provide a minimalist design it also maximises the writing space offered by the whiteboard.
Nobo offers super slim trim Enamel, Nano Clean™ steel and Melamine whiteboards as well as frameless glass whiteboards.
Nobo Glass Whiteboards are available with white, blue, red and black surface colours.
Nobo glass whiteboards are made from safety glass but are also magnetic. Be aware though that thickness of the glass influences how strong your magnets need to be. Unfortunately many standard office or fridge magnets won’t work on a glass whiteboard. Unlike connecting through a thin layer of whiteboard paint, standard magnets lack sufficient force to attach through the glass. Look for Nobo Glass Whiteboard Magnets which have sufficient magnetic force to attach to magnetic glass boards, especially if you intend to use it as a memo board.