It’s the summer holidays, plenty of time for those cheeky kids to make a mess of the house especially if you are forced to spend time indoors with the typical British weather!
I have been trying to get rid of crayon stains from our wall, after my 2 year old artist went to town and I have also had 2 separate friends that have had to deal with kids finding the sudocrem pot and deciding to redecorate! So, I thought I would do a bit of research and share some tips with you that may come in handy over the next few weeks….
Removing Sudocrem from fabrics
This is from the Sudocrem website, so if you are unfortunate to have to use the tip then let us know if it works!
- Scrape off as much of the Sudocrem as you can with a blunt knife.
- If it’s a large area, work in sections a few inches square. Dampen the area with clean warm water.
- Apply mild, undiluted washing-up liquid to the stain with a nail-brush and work up a good lather – this is very important.
- Sponge off and rinse with warm water. Repeat if necessary.
Removing crayon from walls
Grab a tube of non-gel toothpaste and a rag or a scrub brush. Squirt the toothpaste on the wall and start scrubbing. The fine abrasive in the toothpaste will rub away the crayon every time. Rinse the wall with water.
OR Simply rub some mayonnaise on the crayon marks and let it soak in for several minutes. Then wipe the surface clean with a damp cloth.
Removing coloured pencil from walls
Spray the stained area with All Purpose cleaner and wipe with paper towels. If stain persists, dampen a sponge with warm water and liquid dish soap to work the area in a circular motion. Rinse with water. Dry the area with paper towels. Repeat as needed.
Remove Playdoh from the carpet
I always seem to be getting little spots of playdoh walked through the house from the kitchen, no matter how hard I try to sweep up all the bits!
To remove playdoh from carpet or fabrics, allow it to dry completely, and then loosen with a stiff brush. It may be necessary to vacuum clean or wash with gentle soap and cold water. You may need to repeat the process in order to completely remove it.
Remove permanent marker
Luckily I haven’t needed to use this one yet 😊
To remove permanent marker from the skin, pour rubbing alcohol onto a paper towel, and rub the marker stain off of the skin.
Alternatively, place milk on a cotton ball to rub the permanent marker off of the skin. To avoid irritation, avoid rubbing the spot too hard or for too long.
Felt tip pen stains
These stains are clearly not easy to get out so good luck with this one. Let us know if you have found an easier way!
Blot first with dry paper towels. For fabrics, place an absorbent pad under the stain. Follow the directions below for specific fabrics.
Carpet and washable fabrics: Apply a cotton bud dipped in methylated spirits to the affected area. Don’t over-wet. Dab gently at the stain, trying not to spread it too much as it’s being dissolved. Blot firmly with paper towels, moving to a clean area of both pad and towel frequently. Repeat until no further colour seems to be lifting. Be prepared to make several applications. Rinse with cold water, then carefully rub stain remover into any remaining traces, working it in well. Leave for a couple of minutes, and blot again with dry paper towels. Press the towel firmly against the mark for several seconds each time. Blot with water.
Last resort: If there are still any signs of the ink, try soaking the item in an oxygen-based, colour-safe bleaching product. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and check the garment’s care label first.
Removing dried glue
Another one I haven’t yet had the pleasure of, but it’s nice to have the solution in case.
Dried PVA glue on fabric will harden and if you pull at it, the threads of the fabric can come unstuck, spoiling or even weakening the fabric or garment. Here is what to do to get the glue off easily.
Boil the kettle
Put rubber gloves on. These are to protect your hands from the steam
Find the area of the fabric that the glue has dried on. Get this part ready to hold in place.
When the kettle has boiled, hold the fabric over the steam, facing the dried glue part right into the steam. Obviously, be very careful to keep your skin out of the path of the steam
Leave until the glue softens and looks wet or gel-like again
Remove from the steam. Gently pick the softened glue off with your fingers. It should be very easy to remove.
Repeat as needed. If it’s a large area, you might need to do it in several batches.
Let us know if you have used any of these and how well they have worked. If you have any suggestions you think others will find useful let us know in the comments and we can add them to the list!
Here’s hoping for a stain free summer for you all