C.A. asks from Oswego, IL on May 20, 2008
Help! Horrible Dirty Walls!!! :-)
My 2 year old is a little picasso. He is obsessed with coloring. so much so that he colors all over the walls, furniture, books, etc.. I have such a dilemma with cleaning our walls. We rent a townhome and whomever painted these walls before us picked a very hard to clean color--yellow. It's a flat paint and i have tried almost everything to clean my walls. Did i mention that both of my children have dirty hand and fingerprints over every nook and cranny of my house? I have tried magic eraser (and this only makes the streaks appear cleaner, but does not remove the crayon markings or dirty hand prints). i have tried tons of cleaners, but i can't find anything that works. I guess my final resort is to just paint over everything (which is going to be a daunting task). Is this really necessary? Do i have to paint over stains every couple of months because i have 2 very hyper boys? Or is there an easier way? Someone help me..I dread having company over. The stains are very noticeable and not only in our front room--in our guest bathroom, our hallway, our bedrooms...I hate looking at it..it's driving me crazy!!!:-) Thanks in advance for all of your comments and suggestions! Blessings!
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So What Happened?™
Thank you everyone for your suggestions. Perhaps i should have been more specific in my rant but when you're ranting, you usually don't think clearly:-) My son colored on the walls ONE time and ever since then the crayons have been put up and away. I've just been ignoring the dirt and crayons for a long time now:-) Anyhow--in my posting I mentioned that I had already used the Mr. Clean magic eraser. It doesn't work. at all. I'm definitely gonna try some of the suggestions I have received on here. I'll let you all know which one worked best. Thank you for all of your help! I feel much better now:)
Blessings to all!
J.D. answers from Chicago on May 21, 2008
I've heard that good old baking soda works - make a paste with it and it's supposed to take off crayon, et al. I didn't hear about this until after i repainted a portion of my yellow kitchen walls!!!
C.D. answers from Chicago on May 21, 2008
We've had so many issues with this! We ended up getting those Crayola markers that don't appear on anything except the special paper for paper creations, and we bought chalkboard paint and painted a wall that they could color with chalk on. Other things that may work is to get a huge roll of paper (they sell them at IKEA) and let them go to town on that. Or for the summer, just give them sidewalk chalk and get it outside.
M.C. answers from Chicago on May 21, 2008
We got my son's crayon scribbles off my mother's wall with good old baking soda and water. The fine grit of the soda shouldn't damage the paint, and you don't have to worry about it making the kids sick.
Hope this helps.
H.S. answers from Chicago on May 21, 2008
I bet giving them washable crayons would be a help. You probably will have to paint over it just to start over. There's also kid's paint that I think is supposed to be easier to clean. Semi-gloss is also much easier to clean things off. If you can afford it, get Pittsburg Paints the best one from Menards when they have it on sale it's like $22 or so per gallon, but the washability of the semi-gloss is incredible. Plus it only takes one coat to be happy.
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I.H. answers from Chicago on May 21, 2008
Have you tried Magic Eraser? I think it's made by Mr. Clean. Worked on our crayon-covered walls and lots of other stuff.
A.J. answers from Chicago on May 21, 2008
It sounds like you are pretty stressed out. As Super Nanny says, you have to gain control of your house. First of all, put all the crayons, markers and pens out of reach. Set down the boundaries. "There will be no more writing or coloring on the walls" "You may only color on paper" If they break the rule, then they are not permitted to color for a time period or put them in time out. Only let them color at a specific time and place until they have broken the habit of coloring on everything. About the dirty little hands. In our home, we wash our hands every time we enter our home. We are only allowed to eat in the kitchen at the table, no toys at the table (they get grimy from food) and we always wash our hands after we eat. (I wiped my toddlers hands with a rag until she was older.) We explain that God has blessed us with our home and our things and that we must take care of what God has given us or why should He bless with more. Hope my perspective helps.
S.C. answers from Chicago on May 20, 2008
I don't know if your in the IL area but if you are and in need of painting that is what my husband does for a living. he could even just suggest paint that may be better
B.A. answers from Chicago on May 21, 2008
I've had no problems whatsoever with the Mr. Clean Magic Erasers. I'm surprised to hear that they didn't work for you, and I'm surprised that it took the finish off of some surfaces for another poster.
My 2 year old and 4 year old granddaughters live with me, and talk about Picassos. Every surface imaginable has been covered at least once. There were some of the Magic Erasers that worked, some didn't. I tried baking soda first on a wet wash cloth, and that took alot off.
My one word of "advice", or just a thought, before you paint, is that painting will not stop your boys from coloring on the new paint job. So, adding to a daunting task is the fact that the behavior hasn't been addressed. In the past, I put up big poster board sheets on the wall, for them to use as a canvas, it worked for a little while. Now they only use the washable crayons, and the new rule is, if you write on it, it's YOUR job to clean it. Everything else is put out of reach, and used under supervision.
A.M. answers from Chicago on May 21, 2008
Mr Clean has a product that stands true to its name. Its called Magic Eraser. All you do is add water to the sponge and you are ready to wipe away tough dirt, crayons, and markers. My son also had a habit of coloring his shoes, and I was really amazed to see how much dirt and crayon was lifted. I hope this helps, good luck.
D.D. answers from Chicago on May 21, 2008
The paint store should know what would help. :D
B.P. answers from Chicago on May 21, 2008
Our daughter did the same thing!!! Try baking soda and water - mix it into a not-too-thick paste. Wipe it on the wall, let it sit for a few minutes, then rub it off. That's what helped me get all the crayon marks and fingerprints off our walls. If that doesn't work try hydrogen peroxide/ water mix. Spray it on, let it sit and then wipe it off. I've never tried that personally, but I've heard that it's supposed to work. And make the boys help you - they will probably enjoy sticking their fingers in the gooey paste. Next, I would sit your boys down and have a little chat about not coloring on the walls. And make sure that they always have lots of different kinds of paper and coloring books and poster boards and anything else that you can come up with to make their beautiful artwork on. Then let them hang up their pictures on the walls with scotch tape when it complete. That way your walls stay clean and the boys still get to display their artwork! Good Luck!!!