Stain Buster — Crayon

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Fabric

If the crayon is soft, freeze the fabric to harden the crayon, and then scrape off the excess. Place the stain between clean paper towels and press with a warm iron to transfer the stain to the paper towels. Replace the paper towels frequently to absorb more crayon and prevent transferring the stain to other places on the fabric. Pretreat with a prewash stain remover. Blot and let dry. Wash with bleach that's appropriate for the fabric. If any colour remains, rewash the item using bleach, if safe for the fabric, or hydrogen peroxide.

 

OR

Place the stain face down on a pad of paper towels. Spray with WD-40 and let it stand for a few minutes. Turn the fabric over and spray again with WD-40. Apply washing up liquid and work it into the stain. Replace the paper towels underneath as they absorb the stain. Wash with bleach (if safe for the fabric) or hydrogen peroxide at the hottest possible setting.

 

Upholstery

If the crayon is soft, freeze it by applying an ice cube wrapped in a small plastic bag, and then scrape off the excess crayon. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with a proprietary dry-cleaning solvent and blot until the solvent is absorbed. Keep sponging and blotting until the stain disappears.

 

OR

If the crayon is soft, freeze it by applying an ice cube wrapped in a small plastic bag, and then scrape off the excess crayon. Spray the stain with WD-40 and let it stand for a few minutes. Wipe off the residue with a paper towel. Respray with WD-40, then apply washing up liquid directly on the sprayed area. Wipe off the residue with a paper towel. Reapply WD-40 and repeat the process until the stain disappears.

 

Carpet

If the crayon is soft, freeze it by applying an ice cube wrapped in a small plastic bag, and then scrape off the excess crayon. Cover the stain with a clean white cloth and press, using the tip of a warm iron. Repeat, using a clean portion of the cloth until all the wax is transferred from the carpet to the cloth. If a colour stain remains, sponge the stain with a proprietary dry-cleaning solvent.

 

OR

If the crayon is soft, freeze it by applying an ice cube wrapped in a small plastic bag, and then scrape off the excess crayon. Spray the stain with WD-40 and let it stand for a few minutes. Wipe off residue with a paper towel. Respray with WD-40, then apply washing up liquid directly on the sprayed area. Wipe off the residue with a paper towel. Reapply WD-40 and repeat process until the stain disappears.

 

Crayon care

If crayons are accidentally laundered with clothes, you may end up with a whole load of crayon stains. Rewash the clothes with hot water, detergent, and one cup of bicarbonate of soda. If the colour still remains, wash using bleach, if safe for the fabric. If bleach isn't an option, pretreat or soak with hydrogen peroxode or biological liquid detergent in hot water. Soak for at least 30 minutes, and then wash.

 

Removing crayon from the dryer drum

If crayon stains invade your dryer, spray a soft cloth with WD-40 and wipe the drum. Wash spots with a damp, sudsy cloth and rinse with a damp cloth. To make sure the drum is clean, run a load of dry rags through a drying cycle.

 

 

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