Kids may think crayons are a great invention, and you probably agree as they doodle away the afternoon...until their brilliant colors make their way to your walls. Cleaning crayon isn't as simple as dusting a wall. First, you need to know what kind of surface your wall has. Is it textured or flat? Is the paint glossy or not? These are important details when determining which method you should use to remove crayon. Here are three easy ways to get crayon off of walls.
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Blow Dryer and Dishsoap
One of the surefire ways to remove crayon from walls is to use a blow dryer and regular mild dish soap. Turn on the blow dryer and blow hot air on the crayon marks. The wax will heat up and begin to melt, making it easier to wipe away. Use a cleaning cloth or a paper towel with a little liquid dish soap and gently wipe away the crayon marks.
Microfiber cloths are a good choice, but be aware that whatever rag you use will keep some crayon on it. Try old t-shirt rags since you can throw them away. Don't wash these rags with normal loads of clothes or cleaning cloths because when the wax of the crayon melts, it will redistribute itself onto the clothing.
This method is safe to use on most wall surfaces, but test first in a hidden spot to be sure. You may need a little effort to remove crayon on heavily textured walls as it tends to hide in the crevices of the texture. But with a little elbow grease, no one will ever know it was there.
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WD-40 works really well to remove crayon on painted walls. Simply spray a little of the product onto a cleaning cloth or paper towel and wipe over the crayon marks. The crayon usually comes right off. For stubborn or older crayon, more effort may be needed. WD-40 also has a No-Mess Pen that is a great tool for getting crayon off of your walls, and it makes less of a mess than using the spray version. WD-40 gets crayon off of painted surfaces really well too, but the spray WD-40 can be a little messy.
You'll need to wash the oily residue off of your walls after you remove the crayon marks. Also be careful not to get it on clothing or carpet since it can be a real pain to get out of fabric. Consider laying down some cleaning rags to protect the nearby surfaces.
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Disposable Cleaning Erasers
When Mr. Clean came out with their Magic Eraser, a lot of parents stopped stressing out over crayon marks on walls. The truth is, this product works miracles on painted surfaces as well as others. You may need to use a little extra effort on heavily textured walls, but it will work. Other manufacturers make similar versions, so you have many choices on the market to choose from.
Avoid using these erasers on some surfaces, including polished/glossy surfaces, wood-paneled walls, satin or dark finishes. Test the product first in a hidden spot to be sure that you won't damage the finish of your walls. Be aware that if you use this on a shiny surface, you will take off the shiny layer. Instead, choose one of the options above for shiny surfaces.
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Rub some mayonnaise on the crayon stains and let it soak in for several minutes before wiping the surface with a damp cloth. Also, try some non-gel toothpaste. Grab a rag or a scrub brush, squirt the toothpaste on the wall and scrub well. The abrasive in the toothpaste will dissolve the crayon. Finish by rinsing the wall with water.