Dear Household Goddesses,
My nearly 2 year old daughter is many things. She is a clever, fearless, climbing artist who uses the world as her canvas. As hard as we try to keep any and all writing instruments away from her, she seems to have a sixth sense when it comes to finding stray pens or bits of crayon. I can’t keep an eagle eye on her at all times, because sometimes I need to take her 3 year old brother to the potty, take a shower, or blink. My apartment walls are covered in crayon (washable and not), marker (washable and not), colored pencil, and various kinds of pen ink.
I’ve tried soap and water, multi-purpose cleaner, Soft Scrub and Magic Erasers to get my walls clean but nothing seems to do more than fade it out. My lease eliminates any repainting options. What can I do?
All Marked Up
If the washable markers and crayons are leaving stains it sounds as though your walls are painted with flat paint, the least scrubbable and least stain resistant type. Unfortunately, some of the marks may be permanent, but here are some tricks to try. Test each cleaning method in an inconspicuous area to be sure you will not create a bigger problem.
- Ink – try spraying with aerosol hairspray or dabbing with rubbing alcohol.
- Crayon – try rubbing with toothpaste (not gel) and then wiping clean with a damp sponge. WD-40 is another product to try, as with any solvent, use sparingly in repeat applications rather than spraying willy nilly.
- Marker – treat as you would an ink stain
Good luck, maybe you have a budding Rosa Bonheur.
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