Young children are very expressive, and sometimes the expensive coloring books and toys you get them are not enough to express their feelings.
They tend to prefer cheaper alternatives; your walls, floors, and literally any sturdy surface their little hands can reach. Since the deed has already been done, let’s find out how to get crayon off tile.
You can get crayon off tile surfaces by cleaning with soap and water if your child’s artwork was created with water washable crayons, but if they used normal wax crayons, then you may need tougher cleaning methods.
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How to Get Crayon Off Tile
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Here are some ways to remove wax crayon marks off your tile surfaces without damaging them.
A mixture of baking soda, ammonia, and white vinegar can effectively remove crayon from tile.
Add 7 cups of warm water in a bucket, along with a half cup of baking soda, 1/3 cup of ammonia, and 1/4 cup of vinegar. Stir to combine all of these ingredients thoroughly.
Next, saturate a sponge in the liquid mixture or pour the mixture into a spray bottle and apply it directly to the stain.
Whichever method of application you choose, make sure to apply enough cleaner on the tile and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Then, use a small brush or old toothbrush to scrub the area.
If the crayon marks still persist after scrubbing, apply more of the liquid mixture to the stain and allow it to sit for an hour. Once the stain is completely lifted, rinse the area with water and wipe it dry.
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Lemon Juice and White Vinegar
You can also use lemon juice to get crayons off tile surfaces. Lemon juice is a mild disinfectant and is effective in removing stains. Apply a generous amount of lemon juice over the crayon marks and allow to sit for a while.
White vinegar is also a chemical-free cleaner that is very effective in cleaning tiles. Simply pour a capful of white vinegar onto the stain.
Whether you are using lemon juice or vinegar, allow the liquid to sit on the crayon stain for up to 15 minutes before scrubbing the area with a small brush or old toothbrush. When the stain is lifted, rinse the area with clean water and wipe it dry with a clean cloth.
Cleaning With Oxygen Bleach
Using oxygen bleach to remove crayon from tile is a very effective method. Oxygen bleach is quite different from your average chlorine bleach; it is made from sodium carbonate (soda ash) and hydrogen peroxide. When water is added to the bleach, it releases oxygen which helps to lift the stain and dirt.
Combine oxygen bleach and warm water in a spray bottle until the oxygen bleach dissolves. Spray the solution on the floor and allow it to sit for at least 15 minutes.
The longer you let the mixture sit, the better results you’ll get. If the tile grout absorbs the solution, you can spray more. When you’re ready, go in with a small brush or old toothbrush and scrub the tile. Then, rinse the area before wiping it dry.
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You can get crayon off tile surfaces using ammonia, lemon juice, and white vinegar or oxygen bleach. If the crayon is water-based, simply cleaning with water and soap should get the stain out, but you would need a tougher approach for wax-based crayons.