Do your little kiddos love treating the walls as their canvas and draw doodles with crayons whenever you are not around? While it’s good to nurture their artistic talent, the walls (wallpapers in most cases) should be spared at least. If you think removing the vivid crayon markings is no less than a rocket science, then scroll below to see what’s in store for your walls.
Ways to Clean Crayon off Walls
- Prepare a paste of baking soda and water and apply it over the marks with a sponge or rag.
You may even sprinkle some baking soda on a clean, moistened cloth or sponge and scrub off the markings. And once they come off, clean the wall with soap water to remove the baking soda residue.
- Dab some regular toothpaste (not gel toothpaste) on the wall and start rubbing with a scrub brush or a rag. Rinse off the paste with water after the marks are removed.
The method works well for walls coated with a flat paint.
- Apply some mayonnaise on the scribbled wall and allow it to sit for a while. Use a damp cloth to rub it off.
- Set the hair dryer on low heat and start heating the area where the crayon markings are till the wax begins to melt. Wipe it off with a cloth soaked in soapy water.
Alternative method: As heat is necessary to melt the wax, you can place some paper towels on the surface and move a clothes iron (set at low heat) over it. Clean it off in a similar manner.
- Rub the region gently with a paste of dishwasher detergent and water using a clean, dry cloth.
Note: Do a spot test as the bleaching agents in the detergent can ruin the walls.
- Roll a piece of bread into a ball and rub the surface properly till the crayon marks get off the walls.
Rub the crayon-scribbled wall with an unpeeled cucumber for cleaning.
While pencil eraser, steel wool, and baby wipes are the other cleaning options, removing off the crayon markings with some baby oil, shaving cream, or hand lotion can make your walls spotless once again. Likewise, applying hair spray and cooking spray can do away with your little Picassos’ wall art.
Note: Although it is believed that cleaning the crayon-filled walls with a cloth soaked in turpentine, ammonia, vinegar, or rubbing alcohol can help in getting rid of the marks, the paints may peel off. So make sure you apply it over an inconspicuous area on the walls before use. Also, do not forget to wear gloves beforehand as applying these cleaning solutions with bare hands could be risky.
Try any one of the methods to bid adieu to the crayon drawings on your beautiful, stain-free walls. Next time, keep an eye on your children when they pull out crayon sticks from the box to avoid going through the same hassle again.