How To Get Rid of Crayon Stains

By Subodh / July 8, 2011

Crayon stains are a part of life if you have little kids. It is inevitable that one of them will write on the walls, table or other surface even though you try to stop them.

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Crayons are made from waxy material and require special methods of removal. However, you need not worry because you can use common products or household ingredients to correct the problem. You would be surprised at what substances you have in your home or garage would actually help you remove crayon.

One common home and auto substance that has successfully removed crayons from a variety of surfaces in people’s homes. That substance is none other than WD-40 that is used to lubricate nuts, bolts, gears, and so on. This mixed with a little bit of dish detergent does wonders.

Here is your guide for removing crayon stains from clothing using WD-40:

  1. Get a white cloth or paper towel and lay it down. Then, lay the stained clothing over the top of the towel with the stain side up.
  2.  Spray some WD-40 on the stain and let it sit for awhile. Then after a few minutes turn the garment over and spray the side where the stain is not present.
  3. Spray some dish washing detergent on both sides. Blot this dish soap on both sides with a slight pressing action. As you press the detergent on the piece of clothing you will notice some bubbling action. This is how you know its working
  4. After a few minutes of good hard pressing with your hands, or if your arms get tired whichever comes first, place the item in the wash machine. Add a small capful or so of hydrogen bleach and wash the clothing material in hot water. (Of course, there is one exception. You should not wash in hot water if the garment would be damaged at this heat.) Chlorine bleach is not recommended for this project because it is too harsh and could damage your clothes.
  5. Remember when cleaning your clothing not to mix unstained clothes with the stained ones. Otherwise, the stain could transfer from one garment to another.

The directions for removing crayon from wood is a bit different:

  1. Spray some WD-40 on the wood surface and let it sit for a minute or two. Do not let it sit too long or it could soak into the pores of the wood.
  2. Rub the WD-40 but be careful not to rub it too much. This could create quite a mess. Just wipe it as you would if you were dusting the wood or using a wood polish.
  3. If you still notice wax on the wood use a small amount of dish washing detergent with water on a rag. Be careful not to saturate the wood with water, especially if it is not treated. You can wipe the wood dry after application if you want to be sure the mess is fully cleaned.

Crayon stains on heavy fabrics would require these steps:

  1. If the crayon is on upholstery, rugs, or other heavy fabric it can be scraped off. However, if some of the crayon does not come off you can spray some WD-40.

Spray it on the affected spot and then wipe with a small cloth. Spray on a generous amount and let it sit before wiping or scraping.