This is a great looking board and well built. However, it is very difficult to clean markers off of the board after use, even when using the markers provided by the manufacturer. We have about a dozen other boards from other manufacturers and none have had this issue straight out of the box. Using a cleaning liquid helps but still requires quite a lot of elbow grease. I don't think we'd buy another of these. Markers should be easy to erase using a standard marker eraser. And no we are not using permanent markers :-) just the ones that came with the board.