October 15, 2005

Hey! It works!

So yesterday, angry about being sent to her room, my little girl spent some considerable time drawing a "shadow" on the wall with a purple crayon. We didn't find it until after she'd gone to bed; and this morning we were faced with the task of making her clean it off.

So how do you clean crayon off of the wall? (In this case, a wall of tongue-and-groove pine panelling with a coat of off-white paint on it.)

I went to Google, naturally, and Google led me to eHow.com, which had a number of suggestions. There were a number of suggestions from users of the site, some of which had a suspiciously commercial cast to them, and others which were just strange. Toothpaste? OK, it's a gentle abrasive, but it
seems like it could make quite a mess. Dryer sheets and hand-lotion? Huh?

But above all of these was eHow.com's own suggestion, which is the one I ultimately used. First, you scrape off as much of the wax as you can with a plastic spoon. This gets off quite a lot, but still leaves purple marks all over. Then, put some baking soda on a damp cloth, and rub with that. And my goodness, it works surprisingly well. A little elbow grease is required, but the crayon marks came right off--along with a shocking amount of other grime. And also some paint, but the paint on that stretch of wall was evidently in bad shape even before my treasure started drawing on it. Finally, use a damp cloth or sponge to wipe the wall clean, and dry it, and you're done.

It was surprisingly easy, really.

Posted by Will Duquette at October 15, 2005 09:05 AM