How To Remove Crayon Marks From The Walls

Cleaning crayon off the wall is easier than one might think.

If you have kids, you have crayons, and if you have crayons, there's a good chance they've been used to scribble a mural across your wall at one time or another. After you've oohed and aahed over the artwork and after you've admonished your creative offspring, you're left with the aftermath. Removing crayon from a wall isn't as easy as wiping a wet sponge over the affected area, but it's not difficult either. In fact, you don't even have to go to the store for products that will magically erase the crayon. Many crayon cleansers can be found around the house.

WD-40, the miracle lubricant, makes crayon removal effortless. All one needs to do is simply spray and wipe. If there's a little crayon left behind, just spray and wipe again. Thirty seconds later, you have a clean wall and unless you took pictures, no one will ever know it once showcased a masterpiece. Finish up with a damp sponge to wipe away any product left behind.

No WD-40 in the house? Never fear, there are always alternatives. For instance baby wipes. Use one of these to give the wall a good rub and that crayon will be removed in no time. You may need to do a bit of scrubbing, but you can be assured the offending mark will be gone in minutes. You can also use a dryer sheet much in the same manner. Just rub it over the crayon markings until it disappears. If any residue is left behind on your wall, you can wipe it away with a damp sponge or cloth.

The next method is a little different but just as effective. Take a paper towel or piece of waxed paper and place it over the crayon markings. Next, take a warm iron (use the lowest setting possible) and iron the paper towel. The heat from the iron should melt the crayon wax and it will be lifted from the wall onto the paper towel. This method also works with a hot hair dryer, as well.

Would you believe you can also use lighter fluid? Pour some onto a paper towel and rub on the crayon marks. (You probably don't want to practice this method if the art work happens to be on the wall above the kitchen stove or another hot area.) You may need to do a little scrubbing, but soon the marks will be lifted. Wipe away any remaining lighter fluid with a damp cloth. You might want to test this on a hidden area of your wall first to make sure the lighter fluid doesn't ruin your wall finish.

There are other household items you can use to remove crayon. Try making a paste out of baking soda and water and rub that onto the wall. Rinse with a damp sponge or cloth until all the baking soda and crayon is gone. Your walls will shine! Non-stick cooking spray is another great crayon remover. Just spray, rub and wipe. Wipe again with a damp sponge, and you're done.

If worse comes to worse and none of these methods work, you can always visit your supermarket. There are plenty of products on the market that will remove crayon from the wall. Just remember to read the label and follow the directions accordingly so you don't remove the paint or finish from your wall. While you're there, you might want to pick up some washable crayons"┬Žunless you'd rather spray your walls with lighter fluid.

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