anyone know of anything good to use to keep removing crayon, pencil, marker or ink off of furniture?
Amanda - posted on 09/25/2010
Yes, it's called don't let him have them in the first place. My kids were found to be drawing on their walls and furniture despite the fact that they KNEW it was not ok. So, we removed the writing implements. I put them in a special box with the coloring books and paper and told them that they had to check with me or their dad before using. Then we turned it into a "special" thing for them to use them! Now, there is no more drawing on inappropriate things, just beautiful pictures for family and us. Just a thought. As for cleaning products...I have found GOOP to be a great one. That and making them work at removing it themselves with a dry cloth...doesn't really work, but they get the message that it isn't easy to remove.
Jennifer - posted on 09/25/2010
hi tammy! First of all I would recommend removing all writing materials from your son! lol! But since that probably won't be feasable then I would recommend that you only let him use his "colors" in a designated area and give him "consequences" if he draws on anything else besides his paper/coloring book. My daughter had a bad habit of being artistic on our white walls so one day I gave her a scouring pad that I had ran under some warm water, and made her clean every bit of it off the walls. This process took about 3 hours and a lot of temper tantrums but after washing a few walls, she realized that it wasn't worth it and kept her art on her paper.
To clean what already has been marked on....well, for the walls and appliances I use Mr Clean Eraser pads. They are wonderful and won't scatch any surface. For your furniture, use Resolve or any carpet/upholstery cleaner. Make sure you test a section (like the back of the couch) to make sure it won't cause damage to it. Well, I hope this helps and Good Luck!
Heather - posted on 09/24/2010
Lots of wonderful tips!! I've also found it useful to have your little one help clean up the drawings. My daughter particularly loved the wall in our hallway. While we were scrubbing together, I mentioned how lovely her drawings were, but how difficult they were to get off the walls. After more scrubbing I would say, "Wow, this is really hard to get off." or other comments that let her know what I was thinking of feeling about her drawing on the walls (within reason). We have had a few of these scrubbing sessions. One solution I found was that she wanted to show off her art work, but not on the refridgerator. I had wallpaper in my kitchen, so I started taping her artwork to a small section of the wall that was just for her. It worked for several months until the refridgerator became worthy again.
Jessica - posted on 09/24/2010
Well my son wrote with permenate marker on my walls, the table and chairs, the cabinets, the sliding glass door and the dividers, the blinds and the floor...I used Dawn dish soap with OXY something like that...and got every single mark off! and if it is marker and crayon you might just be able to get it off with shaving cream!
Angie - posted on 09/24/2010
All the ideas the other moms suggested are great. I think I would be a little more proactive. I had a child who liked to do that too so I told her she could only use those items at the kitchen table when I could watch her. I also told her that when she stopped writing on things other than paper, I would let her color in her room. It is a phase and it's best to set some boundries and expectations early on to try to prevent more damage to your belongings.
Cara - posted on 09/21/2010
Goo Gone! Or Lickity Split. I LIVE and breathe by that stuff. My 2 yr old took a Sharpie to my walls and I used Lickity Split and you can't even see a mark. Its distributed through Kirby vacuum company, but if you go to Ebay or Google it, I'm sure you'll find it. I found my replacement bottle on Ebay.
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