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How to Remove Crayon Marks From Carpet


I use WD-40 to remove crayon marks from carpet. WD-40 is more than just a lubricant, in fact, it is a multi-use product that has more than 2000 uses, many of which are cleaning uses. Lightly spray the WD-40 on the crayon mark and then wipe the mark off with a white cloth. The mineral oils, and mineral spirits in the WD-40 will help loosen the waxy crayon marks from the carpet fibers allowing them to be wiped away with a cloth. Spray and wipe away until the crayon marks completely disappear from the carpet. 

Once the Crayon marks are gone, it's time to rinse the WD-40 residue from the carpet. Proceed to step 2 for details. 

You will need: WD-40, a white cloth, 70% isopropyl alcohol, dish soap, and a wet/dry vacuum. 

STEP 1 of 3 - Remove Crayon Marks

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Wipe the crayon mark with a white cloth. The crayon will transfer from the carpet to the cloth.

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You will need a can of WD-40 and a white cloth or paper towel

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Conservatively spray the WD-40 on the crayon mark(s)

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Respray and wipe away until the crayon marks are gone.

STEP 2 of 3 - Rinse Away the WD-40 Residue 


To keep your carpet clean and healthy, It is really important to thoroughly rinse and extract the remaining WD-40 residue from the carpet. To do this, I use what I call the DIY Carpet Cleaner Super Spotter. This formula is made of 2 cups of 70% isopropyl alcohol, 1 cup of water, and 1/2 teaspoon of dish soap. Saturate the affected area with this solution. The isopropyl alcohol and soap will quickly dissolve the WD-40, and suspend it in the solution. Using a wet/dry vacuum, extract the D.I.Y.C.C. Supper Spotter from the carpet. Repeat this step a couple times to completely remove the WD-40 residue. For best rinsing results, a small wet/dry vacuum is a great way to thoroughly rinse the WD-40 from the carpet. 

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DIY Carpet Cleaner Super Spotter is made out of 2 cups isopropyl alcohol, 1 cup water, and 1/2 tsp dish soap.

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Spray an area slightly larger than where the WD-40 was sprayed. Allow the Super Spotter solution to sit for a couple minutes. 

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Using a wet/dry vacuum extract the solution from the carpet. Repeat steps 1 to 3 twice to ensure all of the WD-40 is rinsed from the carpet. 

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Use water to rinse the DIY Carpet Cleaner Super Spotter from the carpet. 

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Using water, saturate the affected area (the area where the super spotter was applied). The goal of this is to rinse the soap from the carpet.

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Extract the water from the carpet using a wet/dry vacuum. 

STEP 3 of 3 - Dry the Carpet


After rinsing the WD-40 residue with the DIY Carpet Cleaner Super Spotter, the carpet should be fairly damp. Mold growths, or colonies, can start to grow on a damp surface within 24 to 48 hours, so it is important to make sure the carpet is dry within 24 hours. I recommend drying the carpet with a fan, wet/dry vacuum blower function, or blow dryer to be certain the carpet dries quickly. I typically use the blower function on my wet/dry vacuum to speed dry the carpet after spot removal. 

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Most wet/dry vacuums come with a blower feature. This feature can be used to speed dry wet carpet sections. 

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A fan or a blow dryer (heat off) can also be used to dry the carpet.

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Once the carpet dries, it should look good as new. If there is any WD-40 odor remaining, you can repeat step 2 and 3. 

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