Children are nothing short of blessings, but there are times when they drive you insane. Like when? Well, like when they go all Picasso on your walls. It’s important, under such a scenario, to keep your cool. However, there’s no need to fret, for there a number of methods that can be used to remove crayon from walls. Just remember to test a small area first as not all of these methods will work for your walls! Here are a few of them:
The All Powerful Baking Soda
Is there anything that the good, old baking soda cannot do? Like…honestly! You can find a use for baking soda in, virtually, every home remedy. Regardless of what the name might suggest, baking soda has unlimited uses—including getting rid of crayon from walls. All you need to do is take a damp cloth and dip it in a little amount of baking soda. Next, scrub the crayon marks on the wall, gently, with the cloth. The results will, obviously, depend upon the nature and the intensity of the marks. Under most circumstances, however, the marks should come off pretty easily and with minimal effort.
The Minty Toothpaste
Wait…toothpaste? Yes, toothpaste! Toothpaste can also be used to get any crayon marks that the kids of your house might have made on your walls. Or did you think that the toothpaste was only capable of cleaning your teeth. For this procedure to work, you’ll need a tube of non-gel toothpaste and a scrub brush. The toothpaste will need to be squirted onto the wall and brush will be used to give a scrubbing job so that the crayon marks might be removed. The abrasive in the toothpaste will eat through the crayon marks as it is scrubbed across the surface of your wall. Be advised though: this method will require a LOT of elbow greasing and, even then, it might not deliver the desired results. To put it in a nutshell: the results of the procedure will directly depend upon your expertise in elbow greasing.
The Tough Steel Wool
Children are always encouraged to let their imaginations run wild when a paper is placed in front of them and a set of crayons is at their disposal. And, more often than not, children do free their imaginations and come up with masterpieces that leave us in awe. However, there’s just one problem: in all their excitement, children tend to lose the demarcation between paper and wallpaper, at times. What this means is that your wallpapers become home to their masterpieces which, certainly, is not what you’d want, or is it? However, steel wool can be of help in such a situation, for it can remove crayon from walls for you…if its toughness is utilized correctly. What this means is that you’ll need to skim the surface of the wallpaper while making strokes in only ONE direction. Don’t scrub the steel wool soap in a circle because it’ll, pretty much, ruin your wallpaper that way. Harness the power of steel wool the right way, and your wallpaper will be a fresh canvas for your children’s experiments in, absolutely, no time at all!
The Mixture of Dish Soap and Water
It might come as a surprise to few, but the mixture of dish soap and water can, actually, remove crayon from walls. All you need for this work is a bucket full of dish washing liquid mixed in hot water. The method is pretty simple actually: take a sponge, plunge it into the mixture and scrub the crayon marks with it. Be advised, though, that you’ll need a lot of elbow grease for this to work. One of the disadvantages of employing this procedure is that it might end up getting some of that paint off of your walls, as well. We wouldn’t wish for that to happen, would we?
The Cleaning Champion Vinegar
When you consider children and crayon marks, you’ve got to say that the walls of your homes are only one of the things on the list that stand at a risk of being spoiled. Apart from your walls, the children’s clothes are often tainted by crayon marks. Under such a scenario, the use of vinegar can do wonders to curb your problems. Take an old toothbrush, dip it in diluted vinegar and scrub the crayon marks with it. Throw the clothes into washing afterwards and the crayon stains will, probably, be long gone.
The Magical WD-40
All of the methods listed above stand at a chance of failure so you need to find the best solution for your that won’t damage your walls. Another option is to grab a can of WD-40 and spray it onto the crayon marks. Once WD-40 has had a few minutes to work its magic, take a clean rag and wipe WD-40 off of your wall, and the crayon stains will disappear with it.
WD-40 is effective, especially, when the area that requires to be cleaned is large. On top of that, WD-40 can get rid of the stains of markers as well. So, do you have children who are in love with art? Well, what are you waiting for? Get a can of WD-40, today!