Crayon Stain Removal Solutions

This is your step by step guide to crayon stain removal from clothes, fabrics, carpets and upholstery.

Children love to color, but where there are crayons, there are walls with markings, carpeting with crayon stains, and they can even end up in the laundry. These methods for cleaning crayon spots can make your job of being a parent or guardian less stressful.

Below are solutions on how to remove crayon stains from clothes & fabrics and removing crayon stains from carpets & upholstery.

Description: A stick of colored wax, charcoal, or chalk, used for drawing. Crayons are practically synonymous with the brand name Crayola, which is a combination of the French word craie, “chalk” and ola, from “oleaginous,” meaning oily. Emerson Moser, who was Crayola’s senior crayon maker for 37 years, revealed upon his retirement that he was colorblind. He molded more than 1.4 billion crayons during his career.

Crayon stain removalChildren and artists alike use crayons for their art projects throughout the year; however, parents generally find themselves removing crayon stains from their children’s clothing during the school year. Younger children are probably the most likely to experience the most crayon stains over the course of the year.

Depending upon the user’s level of creativity, one may need to remove crayon stains from sleeves of T-shirts, sweaters, and jackets, pant legs and shoes. Walls and flooring are also common places to find crayon stains, especially in households containing particularly boisterous tots. The hours between 9am and 3pm are the most likely times to obtain this stain, though these stains aren’t limited to the school day. Coloring is a favorite past time of children all over the world, and parents are often grateful for the quiet moments in the evening when youngsters busy themselves with books and crayons.

Crayon Stain Removal from Clothes & Fabrics

Solution 1:

1. Place the stained area on a pad of paper towels and spray with WD-40 lubricant. Let stand for a few minutes.

2. Turn the fabric over and spray the other side. Let it stand for 10 minutes.

3. Work undiluted dishwashing liquid into the stained area to remove the crayon and oil. Replace the paper toweling pad as necessary.

4. Wash in the hottest possible water for the fabric, along with your normal detergent and appropriate bleaching agent (depending on whether the clothes are white or colored.)

5. Wash on the longest wash cycle available, and rinse well.

Solution 2:

1. Apply a pretreating stain remover. See Commercial Stain Remover A-Z.

2. Machine wash in hot water using laundry soap and 1 cup baking soda.

3. If the crayon stain remains, launder again in the hottest water that is safe for the fabric. If the fabric can be bleached, add 1 cup bleach to a hot water wash.

Crayon Stain Removal from Carpets & Upholstery

Solution 1:

1. Sponge with a small amount of dry-cleaning solvent. Blot.

2. Mix 1 teaspoon of a neutral detergent (a mild detergent containing no alkalis or bleaches) with a cup of lukewarm water. Blot.

3. Sponge with clean water. Blot.

Solution 2:

1. If the crayon is soft, freeze it by applying an ice cube wrapped in a small plastic bag, and then scrape off the excess crayon.

2. Cover the stain with a clean white cloth and press, using the tip of a warm iron. Repeat, using a clean portion of the cloth until all the wax is transferred from the carpet to the cloth.

3. If a color stain remains, sponge the stain with a dry-cleaning solvent.

Have you reached crayon stain removal success? I hope so!

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