Erase crayon from your painted walls once and for all!
Cleaning tips for when the kids colour way out of the lines and onto the painted walls.
It seems a white wall looks like an over-sized canvas to a child. Our resourceful research editor, Mary Levitski, shows you how to erase crayon from painted walls.
1 To soften the waxy markings, blow-dry them on medium heat, holding a hair dryer about a foot from the wall. This will take approximately one minute. Once the wax has softened, use a credit card to gently scrape as much of it from the wall as you can. If the wax doesn’t come off easily, heat it further until it becomes more pliable.
2 Wipe the remaining wax off with a soft sponge dipped in cold water. Scrub in a circular motion until the wall is clean. To prevent the soiled water from dripping down and forming streaks, hold a rag against the wall beneath the area you’re working on. Wipe dry immediately with a clean cloth.
3 If any crayon residue remains, mix equal parts baking soda and water to create a paste. Rub the mixture into the stain in a circular motion using a sponge. Wash it off with a clean, wet sponge and dry immediately.
Walls get a lot of wear and tear from kids. To fill little dings and dents, rub a white bar of soap into them. Works for small nail holes, too!
To stay a step ahead of your little Picasso, consider repainting your walls with a washable paint in a satin finish, which is more durable than a flat one.
If you’re in a mad dash to clean up the mess, try using one of these disposable melamine foam sponges. Just wet and wipe!
Most people reach for Mr. Clean, the pioneer of eraser sponges. Mr. Clean Original Magic Eraser Sponge, Canadian Tire, $3.79 per pack of 2.
Perfect for a busy household, this budget version comes in a package of six. HDX Easy Eraser Sponge, The Home Depot, $7.49 per pack.
Clean with the white side and wipe the wall dry with the blue. Scrubber Cleanz Easy Eraser Sponge, Dollarama, $1.50 per pack of 2.