I wish I didn’t have to write this post, really I do, and it took me until I had my 8th and 9th kids to get kids who are like a human tornado. And no, they are not boys 🙂 But, my now 2 year old can inflict damage anywhere and everywhere in a split second, and one of her favorite ways to do this is by coloring on walls. Since we just built and moved into our dream home last year, I’m not ready for my house to look like a train wreck quite yet. But this girl sure does try. For a while we did our best to make sure all the coloring things were put away so this wouldn’t happen, but more times than not one crayon or marker would be missed here or there. And, since she has apparently come equipped with sonar, she can find these things in her sleep. Crayon on walls has become a regular thing here, and after trying multiple things I have finally found the secret to getting crayon off painted walls and woodwork. No mayonnaise, no baking soda paste, no iron and wax paper – I tried them all and didn’t love the results. But what if I told you I can now get crayon off an entire wall in less than 5 minutes WITHOUT scrubbing and WITHOUT ruining the paint? That’s right. I’ve got the secret if you’re needing to know how to get crayon off walls, and you likely have the secret right in your home already.
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If you have a kid like mine, you are probably no stranger to having to deal with a tornado trail of damage all over the house. For instance, the same one who colored on my wall with crayon plays in the toilet any chance she gets. We do our best to close all the doors, but sometimes closing the door gets forgotten. And, she knows if a bathroom door is open within a millisecond!
By the way, you should watch the video of how to get crayon off the wall below. Just click on it to watch!
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For the most part, I love Magic Erasers. By the way, did you know you can buy them super cheap and in bulk if they are not name brand?
I have 9 kids and a brand new house. I don’t like black marks, scuff marks, or anything on the walls that don’t belong. Always check a small area first, but these super cheap ones HERE get almost everything off my walls.
But with crayon on the wall, these erasers didn’t work as well as I would have liked. While this surprised me a bit, I guess since crayon is wax it stands to reason that things are just different.
Type of paint
I can’t speak to if this method will work on all types of paint, but I have a flat Sherwin Williams paint on the walls I’ve used this method on. More than once, I might add. Be sure to try this in a small inconspicuous area first. But, with crayon all over the wall it’s possible that anything is better than what you’ve got now.
Here’s a small section of what I’m dealing with. She colored on many walls around the room.
Here’s how to get crayon off painted walls WITHOUT scrubbing or RUINING THE PAINT
1.Gather your supplies
- 409 cleaner HERE
- Wet rag (2 or 3)
2. Test a small section of your wall first
Try this method on a small part of your wall that is less visible just to ensure that there won’t be a problem with the paint.
3. Work with a small section of the wall at a time to get the crayon off the wall
The smaller the section, the better. The video above is a great walk-thru of just how small an area is.
4. Start melting the crayon with the hairdryer on hot
You need that hairdryer to be super close to the wall. Like almost touching the wall. It won’t take long to heat a small section of the wall up. Think about working in areas that are no more than 2 inches by 2 inches.
You won’t really see anything happening, but that crayon is heating up.
5. Spray your rag with your 409
I don’t know what it is about this cleaner, but this one did the trick.
6. Start wiping the heated crayon off the wall
As the wall is heating up, wipe the crayon off in that area using the part of the rag with the cleaner.
7. Work around the wall little by little
Again in the video above you’ll see just how fast this goes. I got a 7-foot section of wall with lots of crayon scribbles and swirls all cleaned off in less than 5 minutes.
8. Add more cleaner to your rag as needed
When it’s just not coming off as well, you’ll know it’s time for more cleaner.
9. Rotate your rag
When you get too much crayon in any one spot on your rag you’ll want to use a clean section of your rag.
10. Rinse your rag as needed
You may need to rinse your rag out, but in most cases this will likely not be necessary.
11. Wipe the whole area you cleaned down once more
Once you get all the crayon off, work with a clean rag and wipe the whole wall down one last time.
That’s really all there is to it! Getting crayon off my walls has been just this easy, and it has saved my sanity more than once. Kids make masterpieces, but most of us don’t want these on the wall.