Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Crayon & pencil marks

If the marks are on painted walls, glass, metal, tile, marble or porcelain, spray them with a penetrating lubricant (specifically, WD-40), then wipe with a soft cloth. The WD-40 lifts off the stain by getting between the mark and the surface. Spray a little WD-40 in an obscure spot first to make sure it won't harm what you're cleaning.

If it doesn't work, dip a sponge into a solution of washing-up liquid and warm water and wet the crayon mark, rubbing with a circular motion. Rinse with warm water, then air-dry.

Pencil marks can be rubbed out with a rubber, so try it -taking care not to rub too hard - on painted walls and fabric. Remember to choose a white rubber. If that doesn't work: on walls, press a slice of fresh bread into the stain. On clothes, a biological detergent should do the trick.

Removing crayon from clothing - Place the item on paper towels, then spray with a penetrating lubricant (again, WD-40). Spray more on a clean rag and apply it to both sides of the stain. Allow it to sit for two minutes. Then, using your fingers, rub 1 or 2 drops of washing-up liquid into the stain on each side. Replace the paper towels as they absorb the crayon. Wash the clothing in the machine, using the hottest water possible and the heavy soil setting.

alternatively, use a light touch on the stain with a dry soap-filled steel-wool pad. Or rub the stain gently with baking soda sprinkled on a damp sponge. At a pinch, you could pre-treat with hair spray before washing.

Removing crayon on upholstery and carpeting. Scrape up as much as you can with a metal spoon or dull knife. Then wet the mark with WD-40 and leave for 5 minutes. Scrub with a stiff-bristled brush, then wipe with paper towels. Spray again with WD-40. Dab 1 or 2 drops of washing-up liquid onto the stain and work it in with the brush. Wipe with a damp sponge.

On vinyl on-wax flooring, use silver polish. Rinse well with lit i .ind dry with a paper towel.

place an ice-filled plastic bag on the mark in make it brittle, then scrape with a spoon or dull knife. Or place a clean rag over the mark and heat it with an iron (don't use the steam function). It will soak up the melted wax.


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