• How to Cleaning – Remove Crayon From Carpet

    by  • March 3, 2012 • Home Ideas • 0 Comments

    Carpet cleaning crayon stains is not a favorite task. Children love to color, and the plush, comfortable rug is the ideal place for their next arts and crafts project. The problem – how to keep the project on the paper and not on the rug? Well, a few simple steps for carpet cleaning can remove those stubborn crayon stains from your rug.

    Difficulty: Moderately Easy

    Instructions

    things you’ll need:

    Paper towel
    Sponge
    Vinegar
    Olive Oil instead of a Solvent (WD-40 or Silicone lubricant)
    Dish detergent
    Scrub brush
    Warm water

    1 Apply a generous amount of vinegar for carpet cleaning the crayon stains and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes.

    2 Scour with a scrub brush to gently release the crayon stains. Apply more vinegar while scrubbing.

    3 Blot with paper towels to see if the crayon stains are coming off the rug. If not, use olive oil for carpet cleaning the crayon stains and repeat steps 1 and 2. The vinegar and the olive oil both act to release the lipid-based wax of the crayon stains that makes it difficult to remove with just plain soap and water.

    4 Once the crayon stains are coming off, repeat the steps until it is completely removed, making sure to blot away the released crayon stains.

    5 Once the crayon stains are removed, use the dish soap or other detergent and warm water for carpet cleaning up the area. While the vinegar is nontoxic, take care to remove all traces of the solvent from the rug.

    6 Wash again, and let dry. For the next kids’ project, use a vinyl mat or table cloth to keep the crayon stains away from the rug.

    Tips & Warnings

    • Work the vinegar or olive oil into the rug fibers then leave it for a few minutes for the carpet cleaning. This may break down the crayon stains faster.
    • If you use a solvent instead of the olive oil, read the warning label of the solvent before using for carpet cleaning.
    • If you have to use the solvent, ventilate the room and handle with care.

    Resources

    Crayons in the Carpet

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    About

    Naima Manal's articles on health, diet, nutrition, alternative medicine, education, parenting, crafts, travel, home and garden and home improvement have appeared on eHow, Garden Guides, Trails, ConnectED, Livestrong, Helium and others. Manal received her B.S. degree in biology/pre-medical studies from Molloy College in 1994 and has been a freelance writer, teacher and homeschooling mom since 1993.

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