Don't panic if you've got a budding Picasso at home—cleaning crayon off of painted walls is simple.
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
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.
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.
Step 3 Apply Apply the cleaner to the stain. Use a clean cloth to gently rub the crayon marks, and then wipe clean.
Don’t rub too hard or you may damage the paint surface!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.