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04/05/2012 08:24 am ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

Spring Cleaning: Clever Tips To Removing Crayon Stains

If you have kids in the house or have friends with young children who visit your place often, it's almost inevitable that crayon marks will get on something at some point. And, needless to say crayon scribbles on the wall or on furniture can be eyesores. They can even make an otherwise pristine home look messy. But if it's bound to happen, better to prepare yourself with these easy, effective crayon stain-removing techniques -- no special tools required.

On walls. Apply a little baby oil to a clean microfiber cloth and wipe off the crayon marks. Add more oil as needed. Once the marks have vanished, wash off the baby oil with a clean cloth or sponge dipped in a bowl of warm water and a few drops of dish soap. Then, use another cloth dipped in clean water to rinse. Dry with a fresh microfiber cloth.

On wood surfaces, furniture and fabrics. A little mineral oil can go a long way. Just add one- to two-tablespoons to a clean cloth and buff out any crayon marks. Again, wash the oil off with a soapy warm water and rinse with a cloth dipped in clean water. Finally, dab with a microfiber cloth to dry.

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