Here are tips for crayon removal from wood floors and furniture, if your child starts coloring on these surfaces, instead of paper.
There are lots of tips floating around about how to clean these marks off, some a bit safer for your wood floors and furniture than others. I guess I am always especially cautious when dealing with hardwood floors, since they can be easily damaged, and expensive to repair.
I would suggest that with whatever method you end up choosing, such as what I am suggesting below, or any other method, that you first test the cleaner in an inconspicuous area before working directly onto the marks, so that you can confirm it does not harm your hardwood before beginning.
For crayon removal from wood floors and furniture, I would suggest using mineral spirits, or one of the other cleaners I suggest below, such as WD-40 or Goo Gone.
Mineral spirits are a mild solvent which is often used to polish hardwood floors.
Because it is a solvent, it can loosen and help remove crayon wax, which is a substance not affected much by water, but effectively dealt with by solvents.
To use it, put a few drops of mineral spirits (a little goes a long way) onto a clean soft cloth and gently rub over the crayon marks to remove them. After removing the crayon,
go back over that area with another clean white cloth and buff the wood to remove any remaining mineral spirits, and you're done.
Please note that after using mineral spirits on your wood furniture, you may need to re-wax it, since it will also remove any wax from the area you clean with it.
If you don't have mineral spirits, you can also use a couple of other items around your home to remove these marks, including WD-40 for removing crayon marks from wood.
WD-40 works for this purpose because it is comprised, in large part, of mineral spirits (along with several other ingredients, including mineral oil, and others).
If you decide to use WD-40, first make sure to test in an inconspicuous area first, of your floor or furniture, to make sure the extra ingredients in the product will not mark or harm the wood.
Finally, you can use Goo Gone, which the company says is safe for wood surfaces, including your hardwood floors and furniture.
***Update - I personally used Goo Gone for my own table recently, and it worked like a charm. You can scroll down to read about my experience below. ***End Update
One of my kids got hold of a purple crayon, and started marking all over my wood table, along with a chair. (See the picture above.)
All I had on hand was Goo Gone, so I used it carefully, spraying it on the rag and then rubbing that over the marks. They wiped right off!
Then, I wiped the wood again, with a clean rag to get off the Goo Gone residue and it does not appear any harm was done to the table!
I've actually collected lots of uses for Goo Gone around the home, since it is a very handy product to have around, especially if you've got kids. You can check out the uses I've already collected, or share your own at the link.
So those are my suggested methods for removing crayon marks from wood, either wood floors or furniture. I hope they'll help you with this task, if you ever need it!
Further, I'd love to hear from even more people who've had experience removing crayon from wood surfaces, sharing how you've done it (or from other surfaces as well).
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