Got a budding artist in the house? Whether a child or adult purposefully or accidently draws on a table or accidently moves over the edge of the paper and leaves crayon marks, the crayon is tough to remove from the surface of the table. Some abrasive removers are effective at removing the crayon marks, but will also remove the finish and leave scratches on the table, making abrasive cleaners a bad choice. Some furniture cleaners and polishes may take away some of the crayon color, but will leave behind a waxy haze in the same shape as the picture or scribbles on your table. Most times furniture cleaners or polishes will not remove any of the crayon marks. The wax is hard to remove unless you use the right products and techniques. Getting rid of the new artwork can be easy and leave no trace of crayon on the wood table.
Remove Crayon From Wood with Mayonnaise
Dip a well worn, cotton cloth or microfiber cloth into mayonnaise.
Rub the mayonnaise into the crayon marks.
Rub the mayonnaise off the table's surface with a clean cotton cloth or microfiber cloth.
Rub the crayon marks a second time with mayonnaise.
Rub off the mayonnaise.
Continue to apply mayonnaise and rub off alternately until the no trace of the crayon marks remain.
Sprinkle a light layer of cornstarch on the table.
Leave the cornstarch on the surface to soak up the oily mayonnaise residue for 10 to 15 minutes.
Brush the cornstarch off the table.
Remove Crayon From Wood with Starch
Measure 1 tablespoon of powdered laundry starch and pour it into a small bowl or container.
Slowly add water while stirring the starch to make a watery paste similar to cake batter.
Paint the crayon marks with the watery starch paste. Use a cotton ball, cotton swab or clean, soft rag to apply starch to the crayon marks.
Let the laundry starch dry until it turns white and is completely dry.
Use a damp rag or damp sponge to rub off the starch that has dried on the tabletop. As the starch dries, it binds to the wax in the crayon. As you rub the crayon marks off the table, it takes the crayon color and waxy base off the surface of the wood surface.
Spray a rag with furniture polish and wipe the area to remove any dull haze from the starch.
Place a large sheet of paper under the drawing paper to prevent crayon marks on the table.
Even if your young artist does draw on the table, at least you can remove it without ruining your table.
Avoid using stiff brushes on wood surfaces as they can leave scratch marks.
Do not use scouring powders or pre-soaped steel wool on wood furniture.
Resist the urge to scrape the crayon and wax off the wood.