Stain Removal Tips: How To Remove Crayon Marks From The Wall

How to erase crayon drawings and markings from walls using homemade cleaning solutions and without repainting.

If you have young children there's a good chance you have an assortment of crayons as well. Everyone likes to offer encouragement to a budding artist. When the artist uses the wall as his canvas however, you have problems. It used to be quite difficult to remove crayon from the wall, and young artwork would become a semi-permanent feature - at least until the next painting day. This isn't the case anymore. There are plenty of ways to rid your walls of unwanted crayon.

What you use to remove crayon should also depend on your choice of wall covering. Certain paints will come off when harsh cleaners are used. Wallpaper can fade or peel off when chemicals are applied. When it comes to your walls, it's best to use a method that is as gentle as possible. For best results, first test your cleaning product on a hidden area such as a closet wall or the wall in the back of a cabinet, this may save you from further damage.

It's said that you can remove crayon from your walls by wiping the area with lighter fluid or a commercial spot cleaner. This is one occasion where you will definitely need to test on a hidden area first. There are plenty of other solutions however, if this seems too aggressive.

You can try a lubricant such as WD-40. Crayon lifts easily from the wall when this is applied. Just sponge on and sponge off.

A paste of baking soda and water may work. Sprinkle a little baking soda on a damp sponge and clean the stain using gentle pressure. Baking soda is very mild and shouldn't damage your walls in the least.

Since crayons are made of wax, it's possible that all you need is a warm iron. Just place a couple of sheets of paper towel over the marks and press the iron gently on the towel until the marks are removed. Don't use an iron that's hot, the last thing you want is to replace the crayon scribblings with scorch marks. You can also use a warm hair dryer to soften the crayon. Wipe clean with a damp sponge or towel.

Try rubbing your walls with a dryer sheet or baby wipe, these too are helpful when it comes to crayon removal. You may have to apply a little elbow grease, but these methods should not inflict any damage on to your walls.

Applying hand lotion is also said to work. Just rub the lotion into the crayon mark and wipe clean using a damp sponge. If the wall is a little greasy from the lotion, sponge with a mild dishwashing liquid (one containing no bleaches or alkalis) diluted in some warm water and wipe dry with a cloth or paper towel.

A white, non-gel toothpaste, applied gently with an old toothbrush (for the sake of good hygiene, please don't use the one intended for your everyday tooth brushing.) can also remove crayon from the wall. Wipe clean with a damp sponge or cloth.

If your little Rembrandt paints a mural across your wall, don't get out the ladder and paint brush. There are plenty of options for cleaning your walls, most of which are found right in your home.

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