Nobody wants to come home to crayon on the wall, but if you have kids, there is a good chance that it’s something that you’ll have to deal with at some point. We all love when our kids show their artistic side but only when it’s on a piece of paper and not the walls.
The good news is that there are several ways to remove the crayon and avoid long-lasting damage to the wall. Some methods work better than others, and there are certainly some techniques that are faster to perform. Let’s jump right into it.
The Blow Dryer Method
You can probably guess how this is going to work. We all know that crayon is basically wax, so when you heat it up, it weakens and loosens. You can use the blow dryer to weaken the crayon wax, and mild dish soap acts as a strong lubricant and makes it easier to wipe the wax away from the wall.
If you decide to use this method, you have to realize that it will leave some crayon on whatever cloth that you used so make sure that it’s one that you don’t really care about.
The WD-40 Method
The next technique involves the use of WD-40. This method is particularly effective for removing crayon from painted walls. To get started, spray some WD-40 onto a paper towel. Move the towel overs the crayon marks, and it should start to come right off.
If you only recently discovered the crayon mark, and it’s actually really old, then it might take significantly more effort to get it removed. When you’re finished removing the crayon, you’ll also need to remove the WD-40 residue that gets left behind.
The Magic Eraser
You probably didn’t know that you can use disposable cleaning erasers to remove crayon from a wall. The day that Mr. Clean introduced the Magic Eraser, parents all over the world enjoyed a deep sigh of relief because they knew that their crayon troubles would be over.
When it comes to painted surfaces, the Magic Eraser is like a miracle worker. You can use the actual Magic Eraser or choose a similar eraser from another brand. However, you should avoid using a disposable eraser on wood paneled walls, glossy surfaces or dark finishes.
The Baking Soda Method
One of the easiest and fastest ways to remove crayon is to dip a damp rag into baking soda and use it to lightly scrub the marks on the wall. The marks should come off quite easily and shouldn’t require too much effort.
The Toothpaste Method
Another option that you have to remove your child’s Picasso work is toothpaste. You’ll need a tube of non-gel toothpaste and a scrubbing brush. All that you have to do is apply some toothpaste to the wall and do some scrubbing.
The toothpaste contains fine abrasive particles, which will wear the crayon away. After you’ve gotten the particles removed, you can rinse everything with water.
The Mayonnaise Method
You always thought that mayonnaise was only good for sandwiches. Well, we’re here to prove that theory wrong. To remove the crayon marks from your walls, simply apply some mayonnaise to the marks and let everything soak for a few minutes.
Next, wipe the surface using a damp cloth, and you should have no trouble removing the crayon from the painted surface of your wall.
The Pencil Eraser Method
Believe it or not – you can also remove crayon with a pencil eraser. Since the eraser on the head of a pencil is very similar to the other abrasives mentioned in this article, it works in a similar way to eliminate the crayon.