How to Remove Crayon From Wood


Crayons are a favorite among children for their bright colors, versatility, and low-mess. However, it’s important to know how to dispose of them properly after they’ve lost their usefulness as well.  You can do this in many ways, but the best way is to break them into pieces and put them in the trash or recycling bin. In this article, I will discuss how to remove crayon from wood. So let us get started.

How to Remove Crayon From Wood

A Detailed Guide on How to Remove Crayon From Wood:

Here are a few simple steps that will help you remove crayon from wood. If the marks are made on furniture, try using an ice cube or hairdryer to get rid of them. Alternatively, make a paste by mixing baking soda and water into a thick consistency.

Smear it over the wooden surface and leave it for some time until it is completely dried up and hard to touch. Scrub off the hardened paste with a stiff nylon brush that has been dipped in warm water.

A marker eraser can be used for getting rid of more stubborn stains caused by crayons. Take a pencil eraser and rub gently over the affected area to improve its texture to expose fresh wood beneath. Once this is done, you can use a sharp blade to scrape off the layer of crayon. Follow this up with scrubbing and then wipe dry with a piece of cloth.

With these simple steps, you would be able to remove crayons from wood with ease without worrying about damaging your furniture.

For removing crayon marks from hardwood or tile flooring, melt ice cubes in a bowl and mop the affected area with it. Once done, wipe clean using a piece of paper towel not to cause any more damage than is necessary. Soap water is useful for cleaning walls and tables that crayons have marked.

Use a Piece of Paper

All you need to do is dip some cotton balls into warm soap water, rub them over the surface and leave them to dry. Once they are completely dried up, you can wipe them off with a piece of cloth.

If the crayons have been colored over an area larger than the tile flooring or wall surface, use paint thinner to remove it. Paint thinner will do away with both stains and marks on walls as well as tiles. It is advised that you wear protective gloves when using paint thinner to avoid getting any chemicals from it in your hands.

Chemicals such as WD-40 can be used for removing crayon marks from glass surfaces, including windows and mirrors, without doing any damage to them. It is usually sufficient to spray some of the petroleum-based product onto a cloth and rub it over the affected area.

If, despite all your best efforts in removing crayons from wood and other such surfaces, you cannot do so, seek help from a professional. This will ensure that the job is done right without any damage caused to your furniture or any other valuable item.

use a wd-40

Once the surface is free of crayon marks, you can restore it to its original beauty by using a special product. Anti-Crayon Kits are available in stores, and they provide an effective solution to this problem. These come with all instructions on using them and are easily obtainable from hardware stores that stock paint or cleaning materials.

These products have been formulated for use on surfaces such as wood, marble, granite, and tile. They eliminate stains caused by crayons and other tough spots that have been left behind due to food spills like ketchup and mustard, etc. The kit contains a few chemicals that mix for the best results. It also comes with thick brushes, sponges along with some instructions on how to use them.

If you are not comfortable using this product at home, you should get professional help with removing crayons from wood or other affected areas. This will ensure that your furniture and flooring are restored without damaging their original beauty. The instructions provided in the article can be used for removing crayon marks from the glass as well, so grab some ice cubes and set out for a great clean-up session!

Precautions While Removing Crayon From Wood:

Before removing crayons from wood, you should consider several things. Firstly, when working with chemicals, read the instructions on all products carefully and follow them to the letter.

What’s more important is to wear proper protective clothing, including a long sleeve shirt and long pants as well as rubber gloves. Also, wear eye protection or, better still, go for full-face protection that includes goggles that can protect from any product splashes in your eyes.

If you have kids at home, then keep them away too until the removal process is completed. You don’t want little hands smearing strange substances around, making it hard for you to remove later on (though crayons are non-toxic, so feel free to let them play beforehand).

Crayons are water-based, so in most cases, you can use warm water to remove them. You will need a bucket filled with warm water (enough to submerge the crayon completely) and some scrubbing brush such as an old toothbrush or nailbrush. 

Use a Wood Brash

If possible, remove as much wax from your wood as possible before applying any chemical remover. This will help increase success by reducing the stain’s bulk and making it easier to wash away. Also, try not to let chemicals get onto leather or fabric surfaces since they could damage them if left for long enough.


Crayons are messy to deal with, especially when they get onto your precious wood furniture or flooring. However, this does not mean that you should resort to using any product available in the house to remove them.

Doing so may cause damage to the surface itself or leave behind a sticky residue that makes it harder for future cleanup efforts. This might also lead to staining other surfaces such as leather or fabric if some chemical spills off. I hope this article has been beneficial for learning how to remove crayon from wood. Thank you and have a nice day!

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