What To Do If Your Child Colors On The Wall
We love our kids, and we love to show off their creativity. We put their drawings on the fridge, in our office, and hang them in frames. The last place that we want to find new artwork is on the walls. When you have young kids, it’s bound to happen. Here are the best techniques for removing coloring off of the walls effectively without damaging the wall.
- WD40: Yes, that’s right. WD40 isn’t just for fixing squeaking parts. It can also lubricate the waxy crayon, helping the mess slide right off of the wall. Other greasy products call also work similarly, such as mayonnaise, coconut oil, baby oil, and hand lotion. You’ll want to use it on a wall that is painted a light color. Don’t use this method on wallpaper because the oil will absorb into the paper and loosen it from the wall. It works best with freshly made marks. Be careful not to use too much oil because you might end up with a bigger mess than you started with. As soon as the crayon is off the wall, clean up the grease with warm water and soap.
- Eraser Sponges: These are perfect for cleaning up your little artist’s creation. The eraser sponge acts as a soft sandpaper. It will buff out the crayon, pencil, or marker off of the wall. If used too much in one spot, you run the risk of scratching the wall and buffing the paint off the wall. If there is a sheen to you paint, you’ll have a dull spot where you used your eraser sponge. Do not use this on wallpaper. It will scratch and tear it apart, ruining the wallpaper.
- Blow Dryer: For a creative approach, you can try running a hair dryer over the crayons. Plug it in, and set it to a high heat to melt the wax. Take a washcloth, and wipe away the waxy mess. Use vinegar or soapy water to finish removing all of the waxy residue from the walls.
- Kneaded Eraser: This method works well for pencil markings in a small location on the wall. You will want to buy the grey erasers that you can squish and not the large pink erasers. As you erase the pencil off the wall, keep kneading the eraser to dissolve the graphite off of the eraser, so you can keep a fresh eraser throughout the entire project.
- Toothpaste: You won’t want to use the green gel toothpastes. The classic white toothpaste made with baking soda is best. The toothpaste will remove the crayon, pencil, and marker like it does plaque off of your teeth. It has a mild abrasive that will scuff the marks off the wall. Dampen a cloth and gently rotate the paste in circles until the wall is free of colored marks. Give the wall a cleansing wipe with a clean, damp cloth afterwards.
Keep the creativity flowing in supervised areas where you can see them coloring. Store crayons, markers, pens and pencils up and out of the way when they aren’t in use to prevent accidental artworks from appearing.