Crayon Stain Removal
~Pooja Chakrabarty

The Basics of Crayon Stain Removal

Crayon stains are another common stain that children bring home for their parents to remove. Crayon stain removal can be quite a cakewalk if you act in an informed manner. Here are some tips to start you off on your battle against crayon stain removal.

You think to yourself that your little girl must be a Picasso-in-the-making when you see her bending over her drawing book all through the day … when you see her getting a prize for art in school… and when she ends up coloring not only the canvass, but also the expensive new skirt you bought her.

Young Van Goghs and Michelangelos are always gifting their parents with beautiful specimens of their art. However, what are you supposed to do about the crayon stained clothes that they are always providing you with for the purposes of washing?

For more stubborn crayon stains, a solution of methylated spirit might help in crayon stain removal

First of all, remember to always follow the care instructions on the garment. Also note that crayon stain removal cannot be done by dumping the crayon stained clothes into bucket of soapy water. This is because crayons are resistant to removal by water. Water soluble stain removers or cleaners might even spread the stains further. So do not immediately use water for crayon stain removal.

To begin with, you could scrape off the solid portions with a blunt object like a butter knife. Be careful so as to avoid spreading the stain on the cloth. Thereafter the garment could be washed in warm water with soap and half a cup of baking soda (common bicarbonate of soda). Do this for about 10 minutes. Any remaining stain should be washed with soap. If the stain still remains, you would have to use bleach or a color remover that suits the fabric. However use such products only after ascertaining that, (a) the fabric is bleach-safe, and (b) the fabric is colorfast.

Another method of crayon stain removal would be to place the stained fabric into the freezer, and place a bag of ice cubes on the stain. The cold would make the crayon deposit more solid and somewhat brittle. Thereafter, removing the staining agent with the knife becomes simpler.

Having removed as much of the crayon as possible from the stained fabric, you could use your hairdryer over the stain. This would help soften the stain. You could follow this up by again scraping the crayon stain.

Thereafter, white cloth could be placed on both sides of the stain (to serve as blotters), and it could be ironed with a warm iron. As the blotters get stained, they should be replaced. Once the blotters stop getting stained, the cloth could be sponged with a dry-cleaning fluid or spot stain remover.

For more stubborn crayon stains, a solution of methylated spirit might help in crayon stain removal. Check for colorfastness first. The crayon stained fabric must be allowed to soak for about half an hour, after which it could be scrubbed with a scrubbing brush, till the stain disappears.

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