Monday, December 1, 2014

How to Get Rid of Crayon Stains

Kids are curious, expressive, mischievous: armed with coloring implements, the world becomes their canvas. Most of us have had that "artistic" phase where we colored outside the lines - outside the book, even - and in many cases, we made our mark upon the walls of our home, on upholstery, carpets, clothes, and other objects we deemed worthy of our masterpiece. 

Should you find your tykes exercising the same freedom with their crayons, follow the procedures listed below to remove the little vandals' crayon stains on your wall.

On bare wall: Use a clean, damp rag. Dip the rag in some baking soda and scrub the crayon marks off of the wall. 

On wallpaper: Lightly scrub the stains off with a pad of steel wool. Stroke in one direction. Wipe off any residue with a damp rag dipped in baking soda. You can also remove the stain by scrubbing gently with an old toothbrush dipped in undiluted vinegar.

On wood: Gently scrape off the stain with a dull knife or other object with a suitable edge. Polish off any residue with a clean cloth. 

On upholstery: Gently scrape off the stain with a dull knife or other object with a suitable edge. Then, blot at the stain with a clean white cloth dipped lightly in dry cleaning solvent. Let the upholstery absorb the solvent. Blot until the crayon stains are removed.

On clothing: Wash the item of clothing with hot water, laundry detergent, and one cup of baking soda. If this doesn't get the stain out entirely, wash again in hot water with a small dose of color-safe bleach.


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