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
Wipe the crayon mark with a white cloth. The crayon will transfer from the carpet to the cloth.
You will need a can of WD-40 and a white cloth or paper towel
Conservatively spray the WD-40 on the crayon mark(s)
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.
DIY Carpet Cleaner Super Spotter is made out of 2 cups isopropyl alcohol, 1 cup water, and 1/2 tsp dish soap.
Spray an area slightly larger than where the WD-40 was sprayed. Allow the Super Spotter solution to sit for a couple minutes.
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.
Use water to rinse the DIY Carpet Cleaner Super Spotter from the carpet.
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.
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.
Most wet/dry vacuums come with a blower feature. This feature can be used to speed dry wet carpet sections.
A fan or a blow dryer (heat off) can also be used to dry the carpet.
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.