For as long as there have been crayons, there have been parents and grandparents trying to figure out how to clean crayon marks from walls, floors, clothing and anywhere else creative little minds can think to draw.
Here are some household tips for getting rid of crayon marks.
For Crayon Marks on Walls
Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
Arm & Hammer is wonderful for so many cleaning uses and it works really well for crayon marks on walls. Simply sprinkle some Arm & Hammer baking soda on a damp sponge and rub on affected areas.
Good old fashioned regular toothpaste removes crayon from both painted walls and wall papered walls easily and quickly. (Just be sure to use the paste kind – not the gel). Simply put some regular flavored toothpaste on a soft damp clean cloth and rub the crayon away.
Who knew? Pledge works great for removing crayon marks on wallpaper. Simply spray a little pledge on the crayon marks and wipe clean with a soft, clean cloth. Do not use Pledge on floors however because it makes them extremely slippery.
Spray & Wash
Spray a small amount of Spray & Wash on the crayon marks -let sit for a few minutes – then gently wipe clean.
Magic eraser is another great item to have around the house because it cleans so many things easily and effortlessly and it works great for crayon marks as well. Simply tear off a small piece of the eraser – and gently rub off marks. Do not rub too hard though because Magic Eraser is so good it can actually take the shine off of glossy, satin or semi-gloss paint. Just a light touch will do it. Also do not use this remedy if you have faux painted walls because it might discolor.
For Crayon Marks on Linoleum
If you happen to have silver polish around it can help remove crayon marks from vinyl and linoleum floors. Simply put some silver polish on a clean rag and gently rub over crayon marks.
Hot Water – Paper Towels or Wash Cloth
For tougher spots you can try gently scraping up extra crayon with a metal spatula or box cutter blade (be careful not to scrape floor however).
Then dip some paper towels or a wash cloth in hot water (don’t burn yourself) and place over remaining crayon marks. This will help soften the wax. Then gently wipe away marks. You might have to repeat this step more than once but it is gentle on floors.
Baking Soda does work well on removing crayon stains from floors as well as walls, but you need to be gentle with it so you do remove floor finish. Simply sprinkle some baking soda on a damp sponge and wipe over crayon marks.
For Crayon Marks on Fabric
Use an Iron
Scrape the crayon to remove the excess. Then place the stain between two paper towels and apply a warm iron and press down gently. Do not move the iron around because you do not want the stain to spread. The crayon wax should melt enough to be peeled off.
WD40 can help remove crayon stains from fabric as well. Place the stain over a paper towel so the back of the stain if facing you. Then spray the back of the stain with WD40. Let it sit for a few minutes then add some liquid dish washing liquid to the back of the stain and gently work it in.
You can then try washing the item in hot water (as hot as is recommended on tag). Rinse out well and air dry.
WD40 will also work to remove crayon from floors and walls. Be sure to test in a small hidden place however to ensure that it will not cause discoloration. Simply spray the crayon with WD 40 and let sit for a few minutes. Then gently rub off. You should always follow up after with a grease cutting dishwasher liquid however to clean up any grease left behind.
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