How to Clean Crayon Marks Off Painted Walls

Don’t panic if you’ve got a budding Picasso at home—cleaning crayon off of painted walls is simple.

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No matter what you spilled on your clothes or furnishings, we can tell you how to get it out.

 
 

You Will Need

  • A clean white rag
  • A clean sponge
  • Liquid dish detergent
  • A bowl or bucket of warm water
  • An automotive lubricant like WD-40
  • Baby wipes
  • A mildly abrasive bathroom cleaner
  • Some baking soda
  • Paper towels
  • An iron

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Pick a cleaner

    Pick a cleaner. An automotive lubricant is often recommended by crayon manufacturers. A thick paste made from baking soda and water or a baby wipe will also work.

  2. Step 2

    Test the cleaner

    Test the product you will be using in an inconspicuous spot, like behind a door. Make sure it will not harm your walls.

  3. Step 3

    Apply

    Apply the cleaner to the stain. Use a clean cloth to gently rub the crayon marks, and then wipe clean.

  4. Don’t rub too hard or you may damage the paint surface!

  5. Step 4

    Rinse the wall

    If some crayon or cleaner remains, rinse the wall with a sponge that has been soaked in liquid dish soap and water. Scrub in a circular motion, and rinse again if necessary.

  6. Step 5

    Melt it off

    Another way to clean crayon marks is to cover the stain with a clean rag or paper towel and apply a warm iron on top of the cloth. As the stain melts, the crayon will be absorbed into the cloth.

  7. Step 6

    Check all crayons and markers

    Check to make sure all crayons and markers in your home are labeled washable. Place all permanent markers and paints in a top-secret childproof location.

  8. Step 7

    Buy an easel

    Buy a large easel or roll of craft paper. Offering a fun alternative to the walls might save you cleaning work in the future.

  9. Scribbling is an essential developmental task; the process of drawing strengthens a child’s ability to read and write later on, and also fosters creative thinking.

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