Children love to color. And when it comes to coloring, there is a variety of options to choose from, which includes crayons as well. With a crayon in hand, your child is bound to decorate every surface he can reach - say walls, carpets, fabrics and other materials, resulting in stains and markings. Most of the times, the material ends up in the laundry for cleaning. Why not lessen your stress by cleaning these crayon stains at home only! Here, remember not to try removing the crayon stains with water. It will only spread the stain further, making the condition worse. Rather, try to scrape out the crayon first. For more tips on removing dried crayon easily, without any leftover stains, read on. This article provides you complete information on how to remove dried-on crayon from different surfaces.
Getting Rid Of Dried Crayon
This includes acetate, burlap, fiberglass, rayon, rope, silk, triacetate, and non-washable wool.
- Use a scraping tool to lift off excess solid or caked-on stains from the fiber. Make sure to be gentle.
- Place an absorbent pad under the stain. Apply stain remover to loosen the stain and residue from the material.
- Let the fabric dry. Repeat the process, if necessary.
This includes acrylic fiber, cotton, linen, modacrylic, nylon, olefin, polyester, spandex, and washable wool.
- Scrape the fabric to remove excess crayon.
- Take two pieces of white blotting paper and place the stain between the papers. Use a warm iron on the paper, pressing the fabric in turn.
- Be careful while pressing, as the stain can easily spread.
- As the stain gets absorbed, change the papers.
- Pour boiling water through the stain. Let the fabric dry.
- In case of any remaining traces, flush the stain with a dry-cleaning solvent.
- If any dye still remains, use one part of rubbing alcohol in two parts water and wipe the attained area with it.
- Rinse the fabric in clear water and dry it.
This includes acrylic plastic, aluminum, bamboo, brass, brick, bronze, cane, ceramic glass/ tile, concrete, copper, enamel, glass, gold, granite, iron, ivory, jade, limestone, marble, paint/ flat, paint/ gloss, Plexiglas, porcelain, sandstone, slate, stainless steel, tin, vinyl clothing, and vinyl tile.
- Gently scrape the excess crayon from the surface.
- Be sure not to scratch the surface.
- Make a solution of washing powder or detergent (not soap) with water.
- Dip a sponge in the solution and wipe the surface with it.
- Rinse the surface well and wipe dry.
- In case of any stain remaining on flat paint, sponge it lightly with hot water.
This includes asphalt, cork, and linoleum.
- Use a metal spatula to scrap the surface gently.
- Be careful not to gouge it.
- Gently scrape out the crayon, from the stained surface.
- Add a small amount of cleaner and blot the area with an absorbent pad, to protect the carpet back from damage. Continue till no stain remains.
- Dilute one part of rubbing alcohol in two parts water and apply the solution to the stain, in small amounts.
- Blot well, after each application.
- Allow the carpet to dry.
- Scrape the residue off the felt, making sure not to pull out the fibers.
- Use a stiff-bristled brush and gently remove dried stains and spots.
- If required, use a razor blade to scrape the excess.
Leather or Suede
- Use a dull knife or your fingernails, to scrape out the crayon.
- Make a thick paste by mixing fullers earth and water and apply the paste on the stain.
- After the paste dries, brush it off carefully.
- Repeat, if necessary.
- After the stain has been removed, use a cleaner to condition the leather.
- Scrape the crayon with your fingernail or a nonmetal utensil.
- Wash the silver in hot soapy water.
- Rinse in hot water and wipe dry.
- Lightly rub the stain with a dry, soap-filled steel wool pad.
- Sprinkle baking soda on a damp cloth and gently rub on the stain.
- With a damp cloth, wipe any residue and dry.
- Use a dull knife or your fingernail to scrape out the crayon.
- Polish any remains using a chamois cloth.