Removing crayon from vinyl-covered walls

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I've searched these forums over and over. Forgive me if this HAS been asked and I missed it. Do any of you know of ANYTHING that will remove crayon marks from these vinyl-covered wallboards without removing the original color of the walls? Make sense? I've got five budding artists who have created murals (not just a few stray marks...I'm talking entire walls...COVERED) in several rooms. *note to self...grandpa can't babysit anymore!* Am I just going to have to clean it any way I can and then paint the blotchy walls? Anybody?

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Have you tried using "Goo Gone"? It worked well for me. WD 40 also works, but the odor will get to you if there is a lot to do. Goo Gone is citrus scented. Give it a try.

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Mom of 5...Bless your soul! LOL, and all budding artist!

As for the removal I have also used Krud Kutter from Home Depot, comes in a one gallon container. Clean smell. Concentrated cleaner, so either use full strength or dilute as necessary for other jobs.

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Thanks. I DID try goo gone. It worked (except on the red/orange/pink...yep, we've got rainbows) but I would need a vat of the stuff to clean ALLLLLL of the um "decorated" walls. I'll give the other things a shot. Can't hurt, right? Worst case, we have to paint...paint with something that can be scrubbed! LOL
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Have you tried the Mr Clean magic eraser? I LOVE those things!

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Yep, tried the magic erasers. I use them a LOT for my appliances however, they bleached my wall. Can you see the nice white square on my formerly nice beige wall? LOL

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Yes, you can see it very clearly...unfortunately bleach products can not be used safely on all surfaces.

Just a caution on using these on your appliances as well,if you have an electric range and you get bleach on the contacts it can corrode them and cause your burners to not work. If you have a stove with electronic controls and the same thing can happen.

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Yep, budding artists require primer and then a scrub-able paint on top of the vinyl!

Nothing gets rid of a red pigment in anything, other than bleach.. or primer and paint!

Someone mentioned WD-40. I just have to share this new found use. It can clean and shine stainless steel, like nothing else!!! I used it on my old Nesco roaster before Thanksgiving dinner. Cooked a 22 pound turkey in that little puppy. One of our guests was so impressed on how the turkey came out, she asked to borrow it. She wanted to try her turkey that she got from work in it.. hey, no problem. She's a good friend. She called me a few days later saying that she was waiting for her hubby to return it to me on his days off. She was apologizing, because she thought it was brand new! LOL!!!

Anyway, if you have stainless steel appliances and sinks.. or even pots and pans, a little WD-40 goes a long way in cleaning them right up! It also deters those horrid finger prints on stainless. Works great for shining up stainless sinks also!

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We made sure when we painted our kids room that it was at least semigloss. It's a lilac color so any colorloss I would notice. My 3 year old took a crayon black red and orange and scribbled on everything. I used the magic eraser. It took all the crayon off. I keep a few of the magic erasers around at all times and all crayons are kept in a box on top of the fridge.

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Wonder cleaner. Try a search on the net for it. They have several different types and I believe the yellow cleaner is the de greaser. Use it with a white scotch pad and some paper towels.

Also, you can get grease lightning at Walmart and it is are great degreaser too...just wear gloves.

You might try setting a portable electric heater there and warming up the crayon. It should come off easier then.

Hope you can get it off...

Nicole

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