Kids Use Your Painted Walls For Their Artwork? These Tips Can Clean It Up Fast!

If you're like most parents, you encourage your children to get creative. You buy them supplies to draw and color with so they can create artwork that they can take pride in. However, once in a while, they might mistake your painted walls for a canvas. If you don't think their work is quite ready for the museum or the trendiest art gallery, you'll want to clean it off quickly. Here are tips to clean some of the art supplies off your wall using household items. 

Tip 1: Gently Scrub Crayon With Baking Soda

If your child used crayon to color on the walls, your first attempt at removal should be with baking soda and a damp cloth. In particular, a clean microfiber cloth works well. Gently rub the baking soda into the wall with the cloth. Be cautious of how hard you're scrubbing so you don't run the crayon in further.

Hint: Make sure the cloth is damp and not dripping wet by wringing the water out well. Excess water may run down the wall and spread the mess further otherwise. If water does run down the wall by accident, quickly wipe it off to prevent a permanent streak that could occur if left to dry on its own.

It is important to clean the crayon off the wall sooner rather than later. This will make the cleaning process easier. The longer the crayon sits on the wall, the more of a chance it has to leave a stain.

Tip 2: Brush the Artwork Off With Toothpaste and a Toothbrush

A little toothpaste and a toothbrush work wonders for cleaning artwork off walls. Apply as much toothpaste as you would to brush your teeth to the brush. Then gently brush it into the wall in circular motions.

The toothpaste should lift and remove the crayon marks from the wall. When you're finished lightly brushing the wall, use a damp clean cloth to wipe off the toothpaste.

Dispose of the toothbrush when you're done or keep it for other cleaning projects.

Tip 3: Spray Marker With Hairspray

If your little artist decided to use marker to create his or her masterpiece on your wall, grab some hairspray. Spray a thin coat onto the covered area of the wall and then wipe it away immediately. Repeat the step until any evidence of marker has been removed.

Marker is also something that you should clean off the wall right away. The longer it sits, the more stubborn the stains could be later.

It shouldn't take you too long to put these tips to use, so that your wall can look the way it did before your child thought it needed a different look. Ask a painting contractor for help if you run into any issues with these steps. They can offer more ideas, or help you decide if the damage is so bad that you might need to repaint.