HERE ARE MY 5 GREAT TIPS TO REMOVE KIDS ART FROM WALLS
Ah yes, we love our kids to death don’t we?
They can create the most amazing art work memories that leaves us spellbound… that is until you realise they have channeled their inner Van Gogh all over the dining room walls! Aaaarrrrgghhh!!!! So how do we remove kids art from walls? Here’s how:
1) Baking Soda!
My first go to cleaner to remove kids art from walls is a nice inexpensive duo of water and baking soda mixed to form a paste. All you have to do then is simply rub it over the mark with a micro fibre cloth… not to advertise in any way, but Norwex cloths are miracle workers on walls. Seriously, just a couple of rubs and it’s gone! A small amount of residue will need to be wiped a few times with a clean cloth and you’d never know it was ever there!
Here’s how to remove crayon from walls!
2) Cooking oil – If the crayon is freshly painted on, just spray with some cooking oil, leave for a minute or two, wipe off with paper towel then remove any excess oil with a damp cloth. If that fails, go to the blow dryer method.
3) Eraser Sponges – BE CAREFUL — They are great for white walls only!
Don’t make the mistake of using them on coloured walls, wallpaper or glossy paints as they will remove colour or ruin the paper and dull glossy paint.
As you use a magic eraser sponge it will basically disintegrate as you wipe, so if you are doing a large area you will probably go through several sponges. For smaller areas, you may like it better. Note that as you clean painted surfaces with a tool like this, even on white walls, you will probably take off some of the paint as you wash so be careful to just remove the crayon. For anything other than a run of the mill white wall, you should test a small area first before going at the whole job.
This method is probably the most effective of the traditional methods to remove kids art from walls we will list here, but it can get pretty expensive when you start looking at the cost. You are guaranteed to wear the sponge down, so you may need a number of them for this one job alone.
My suggestion is you buy these little beauties in BULK. You can get them from Bunnings, Reject shops or your local supermarket. You’re going to need them!
4) Blow Dryer Method – This can be a very effective way to remove kids are from walls, provided that the crayon coated wall is close to a power outlet, otherwise you will need to get an extension cord. Because the crayon marks are mostly made of wax, you can heat them up to make them easier to wipe away. Heat the stains to soften up the marks. Once the crayon begins to reduce to a more liquid state and you will be able to wipe most of it away. In almost every case, this will not remove all of the colour. You will still have faint coloration left on the wall, so you will need to clean that with something else. (You could now try finishing the job with the Magic Eraser)
5) Art Eraser – one of these squishy gray ones!
This method is safe for any wall, and only really good for small areas. If you have expensive wall paper, try this eraser as it is very hard to ruin a surface with this technique.
So here’s how you do it:
Press down directly, or use small circular, or up and down motions and the eraser will absorb and lift the crayon marks. Once most of it is removed, you can use a more vigorous method to get rid of the rest. If you start of by rubbing like crazy, you will just spread and smear the colour, and you run the risk of doing this no matter how fast you work, so be careful as you proceed.
This method will not always produce perfect results, and like the blow dryer method, you will usually get left over colour that just won’t budge. This will need to be cleaned using something else, but it should be much easier after you remove the bulk of the colour, using the eraser.
And of course, if all else fails – you can always paint over the top of it. Obviously having children around, you want your house paint to be safe and chemical free so be sure to read our DIY Hazards of Lead Based Paint article to ensure your kids can play safely.