Before you have your first baby, parenting classes will teach you how to change diapers, but they never tackle the more confusing problem of how to remove crayon marks from the wall. But have no fear! We’re going to tell you how to get crayon off walls in minutes.
It’s better to go into battle with extra weapons rather than with only one so we’re going to give you five ways to defeat crayons.
Here’s a tip: You can mix and match the methods so that they can work together to remove especially troublesome stains.
Read on to learn more!
1. Use a Hair Dryer
Crayon marks are a challenge to remove because of a crayon’s waxy nature. However, if you can raise the temperature of that wax and make it flow, it’s much easier to remove.
An everyday handheld blow dryer will do the trick. Heat a small section of the crayon artwork for a few minutes. You should notice the crayon becoming shinier as it becomes less stable.
Now that the wax is melting, use regular dish-washing liquid and hot water to rub away the stain. Turn your cleaning rag frequently to avoid accidentally reapplying the crayon to the wall.
2. Use a Solvent like WD-40
WD-40 is a staple ingredient in the toolkit of every knowledgeable mechanic, carpenter, and electrician. Smart homeowners should also always have some nearby.
WD-40 dissolves adhesives and breaks down grease. Those abilities make it well-equipped to tackle crayon marks. Spray it on a small area, wait a brief moment, and then wipe away.
Bear in mind that WD-40 has a petroleum base so it will have a noticeable smell, and it will leave behind an oily residue. Both of these issues will disappear if you follow up the use of WD-40 by wiping the cleaned area with warm soapy water.
If the crayon marks are especially difficult to remove, you can combine the use of a hair dryer with the use of WD-40. Warm the area with the dryer then spray the area with the WD-40. The heat from the hair dryer will make it even easier for the WD-40 to work.
3. Use Baking Soda
Baking soda, everyone’s favorite household multipurpose cleaner, is helpful with crayons too. Make a paste of the baking soda and warm water and then scrub the marks away.
4. Use Cleaning Erasers
Cleaning erasers also remove crayon from walls. Use caution however. Don’t scrub as hard as you would when cleaning pots and pans. Cleaning erasers have enough strength to remove your paint, so proceed with caution.
Several companies make cleaning erasers. The easiest to find are the Mr. Clean brand, but the average-sized grocery store or discount store should offer at least one or two alternatives, usually at a cheaper price.
5. Use a Commercial Remover like Goo Gone
The line of Goo Gone products solves a variety of sticky problems, including crayon. Their formulas are designed not to harm the underlying surface. Nevertheless, it’s always a good idea to test a small area before cleaning the entire wall.
If you follow the manufacturer’s instructions, you should be able to remove the crayon without any problem. After the crayon marks are gone, you can wipe the area with warm soapy water if you sense any of the Goo Gone still present.
Now You Know How to Get Crayon Off Walls
All the above methods are proven and time-tested methods that have helped worried parents figure out how to get crayon off walls. Pick one and get your walls ready for your kid’s next masterpiece.
If you need additional help with crayon marks or any other household cleaning job, contact Lemon Blossom Cleaning Services today to receive a quote for getting your walls and entire house sparkling clean.