Little Picasso, Crayons, and Your Wall

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Little Picasso, Crayons, and Your Wall

Did your little Picasso use a wall in your home as their canvas? It’s not a rare event. (We mean the crayons, not that your child will turn out to be Picasso!) There are several easy methods using household items you can try before you resort to repainting.

Below are three methods to remove crayon marks using everyday household items that are also eco-friendly. While these are eco-friendly, not all paints react well with them. Be sure to test each product on a small, inconspicuous wall area first! 

 

Vinegar

Vinegar is one of the most effective ways to remove crayon from painted walls. The vinegar acid helps break down the crayon’s wax and pigment. It’s also an eco-friendly and inexpensive item that’s safe for most (but not all) surfaces! We recommend testing the vinegar on a small, inconspicuous section of the wall before you use it on the stain. Vinegar doesn’t work well with all paints or finishes.

        1. Pour a little bit of undiluted white vinegar into a bowl.
        2. Dip a small brush or an old toothbrush in the vinegar, then gently scrub the stain. Increase the pressure if needed to remove the crayon.
        3. Once you’ve removed all of the crayon marks, wipe the wall with a clean, damp cloth.

Toothpaste

If vinegar doesn’t work, it’s worth trying another common household item: toothpaste. It’s also a non-toxic item. Please test it out first on a small, inconspicuous area.

        1. Squeeze onto your finger about an inch of toothpaste.
        2. Spread the toothpaste onto the crayon mark on the wall.
        3. After a few seconds, scrub the toothpaste with a small brush, old toothbrush, or a rag.
        4. Wipe the area with a soft, damp cloth.
        5. If there’s any crayon remaining, you can repeat these steps.

Baking Soda

Another common household item most people have on hand and is eco-friendly is baking soda. It can be effective at removing crayon marks on a wall.

        1. Sprinkle a little bit of baking soda into a small bowl.
        2. Scrub the baking soda onto the crayon mark using a damp rag. (The rag’s moisture will create a thick baking soda paste while you’re rubbing.)
        3. Use another clean, damp rag to remove the paste once the marks are off.
        4. Lastly, dry the area with a dry, clean rag.

Repaint

Unfortunately, you might have to consider repainting the wall if none of these items work. And that might be a good time to consider repainting the room, especially if you’re ready for a painting spruce-up! If you need some professional assistance, reach out to us. We’re always happy to help with your painting needs!

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