Our goal is to make classroom teachers' lives a little easier and maybe even a bit more fun!
Teacher’s Pet was born out of 13 years of frustration. As with most of you, I use my white board on a daily basis to explain, to provide examples, and to draw pictures that most of my students laugh at (not the intended response, I’m embarrassed to say).
For the first few years in the classroom I would use those lovely little white board erasers that you can buy at any big box office supply store. I quickly realized, though, that they were less than ideal. After about the first quarter they started smearing the dry erase markers more than erasing them. You know what I’m talking about. Half way to your long awaited and much deserved Winter Break, your once pristine white board starts to resemble a stormy winter sky on the Great Plains.
Then you use that wonderful little spray bottle of chemicals that’s supposed to get your board sparkling clean again and…ICK! What a mess that made! Now your board looks like a swirly, vortexy mess of various shades of grey resembling a monotone version of Van Gogh’s, “Starry Night”.
I started using anything I could get my hands on to clean my board: our sons’ t-shirts, kitchen towels, pillow cases, paper towels, my son’s baby blanket, and yes, on one occasion even our family pet, Annie. Then, one day, while digging through our linen closet in search of the ever elusive pair of matching pillow cases, I came across a microfiber dish cloth.
Teacher's pet is born
I took it to work and what do you know? It cleaned my board much better than those cheap erasers! However, it just didn’t work as well as I hoped it would. I needed something with much more surface area. I then began researching microfiber and its incredible qualities. After a couple of months of learning about the history, the various grades and general abilities of different types of microfiber, I contacted several manufacturers from around the world and requested samples of their various types of fabric in as many varieties as I could find. Interestingly, I found that all microfiber is not created equal. Some types work best when dampened while others tend to work better when dry. Some are even good at removing bacteria from surfaces (YES, removing bacteria) while others are great for polishing glass.
After LOTS of "classroom testing", I settled on a fabric that seemed to perform the best overall. Then, one day while I was erasing my board, a student said, “Hey Mr. Smedley, you know if you put eyes on that thing it would look like an orange Cookie Monster!” I chuckled, told him that my preference was for Grover, sat down at my desk and Teacher’s Pet was born! A couple of days later, I contacted a friend who is a polymer chemist and asked him if there was anything that could be done to this microfiber that would make it clean whiteboards better than it already did. He asked me to send it to him so he could take a look at it. About a week or so later he got back to me and said, "If you add"X" (a widely used, non-toxic polymer) to it in the manufacturing process you'll be able to wipe the chrome off a trailer hitch!" That night, I started looking for manufacturers who had the ability to produce my poorly sketched design. (I’m guessing that they all laughed when they saw it.) After receiving several proposals and conducting numerous tests of different fiber ratios, we nailed down the absolute best microfiber for cleaning your white board. VOILA!!
what's it made of?
Teacher’s Pet is made of a proprietary blend of polymers forming the world’s best microfiber for removing dry erase marker from whiteboards. As a microfiber product, Teacher’s Pet is chemical free, washable, eco-friendly, gluten free (just in case you’re really hungry), and we do not test our product on animals. (Okay, our dog, Annie—literally—was version 1.0 but we haven’t done anything to harm or discolor any other animals).