So your little aspiring artist created their latest masterpiece all over your living room wall? Ah, stand back and admire, snap a picture or two to preserve the memory, then get busy scrubbing!
If the walls are covered in wallpaper, whether it is washable paper or not, you will need to be very careful when working on the stain. Always test out your method of choice on an area of paper hidden from normal view, watching for discoloration or damage to the wallpaper.
Painted walls are a little bit easier to deal with, but if they are textured that will add an extra layer of grief to the job.
Depending on the finish of the wall and the content of the crayon (which could vary by brand), here are some solutions to removing the crayon from walls using products you may already have around the house:
Toothpaste - the paste kind (not the gel), rub in a circular motion.
Art Gum Eraser – rub gently in a circular motion.
Baking Soda – put a little on a damp sponge and use it to scrub the crayon off.
Avon’s Skin So Soft – apply full-strength to rub stains off.
Mayonnaise - rub some mayo on the spot and let it sit for a few minutes before wiping off.
WD-40 – spray it on the marks and rub clean. (may stain wallpaper)
Blow Dryer – Heat the wax, then wipe off with a paper towel and a little Dawn dishsoap.
Vinegar – soak a soft-bristle toothbrush in distilled white vinegar and scrub.
Rubbing Alcohol – Soak clean cloth and rub into stains.
Baby Wipes – rub directly on stains.
Mr. Clean Magic Eraser – Rub gently and be careful as this product is pretty powerful and could damage the surface. I always have one of these around since it cleans up so many things!
If you are having trouble removing the last traces of crayon from textured surfaces, try using a little baking soda on a damp cloth (or soft toothbrush) and work it into those areas.
Once you have finished, always make sure to follow-up and wash the area to completely remove whatever product you used to remove the crayon.