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How to Remove Crayon from your Carpet

Date posted: 22 November 2016

The process for removing crayon marks from a carpet is similar to that of removing chewing gum: if it's still soft, freeze it first to make it harder and more brittle (and therefore easier to remove).

Here's how to do it:

  1. If the crayon is still soft, “freeze” it by putting an ice cube into a strong plastic bag and placing this on the crayon. Avoid using a thin plastic bag or it might stick to the crayon, adding to your problem. If you don't have a thick plastic bag just apply the ice directly onto the crayon (hold it in a tea towel to prevent your fingers from freezing and going numb). Prevent ice water from dripping onto the carpet, or the crayon. If the crayon is already dry and hard, skip this and move straight on to step 2.
     
  2. Scrape off the excess crayon using a blunt object such as a knife or a spoon.
     
  3. Use a clean, white cloth to sponge the stain with a dry cleaning solvent, if you can, or try using turpentine or surgical /white spirits. Ensure you try out the solvent on an inconspicuous area of carpet before using it on the stain to check it doesn't harm the fabric. Remember that dry cleaning solvents are not safe to use on natural fibre carpets such as wool,  as they will damage the wool fibre.
     
  4. Blot the stain until all of the solvent is absorbed.
     
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the crayon has disappeared.
     
  6. Use some cold water to dab over the area to remove the solvent or white spirits.
     
  7. Blot the carpet dry.

Alternative warm iron method

This is an alternative method for removing crayon if you don't want to use a dry cleaning solvent or white spirits: 

  1. As with the first method, start off by freezing the crayon to remove as much as possible using a blunt knife or other object.
     
  2. Cover the stain area with a clean white cloth.
     
  3. Take a warm iron and press the tip of it on to the cloth where the stain is. This should transfer the crayon wax from the carpet onto the cloth. It's prudent to test this on an inconspicuous area of carpet (e.g. some that is usually hidden behind or under furniture) to check it does not damage your carpet. Some man-made carpet fibres are easily damaged by heat. 
     
  4. Check underneath the cloth to see if the wax has successfully stuck on to the cloth, and then either move the cloth or use a fresh area of cloth to cover any remaining wax, and repeat the heating process. Be careful not to spread the stain further as you move the cloth around!

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